UPDATED: Cook Shot Dead While On Smoke Break

Updated 07/13/11 – 9:05 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — He was the father of three small kids, stepfather to several others; a man who worked for 17 years in the same Bronzeville barbecue joint, cooking and making friends.

Joshua Hudgins, 34, was shot and killed Tuesday night as he was taking a cigarette break at Alice’s Bar-B-Que, 65 E. 43rd St. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the bullets were apparently meant for someone else.

On Wednesday, seeking comfort, Hudgins’ family met with their pastor. Hudgins’ stepdaughter had a message for the person that killed him.

“He worked every day, hard, for his family. He’s a good man. Just come clean, turn yourself in. I mean, what type of man are you to take his life?” Alia Kendrick said.

Her mother, Charlene Kendrick, said, “I’m so empty. I don’t know what to do. I just wish somebody would please tell somebody something.”

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Hudgins was working as the “pitmaster” in the kitchen at Alice’s on Tuesday. At about 9 p.m., he stepped outside to take a break. He ran into an old friend, Henry Ramsey outside. They talked, Ramsey stepped away briefly and, suddenly, as many as nine shots rang out.

“Naturally, I go down. I hit the ground myself and I’m looking to see where these shots are coming from,” Ramsey said. “And when I looked this way, he was … he’s laying here man. And I couldn’t help him and it hurt. … I don’t like to talk about because he was a friend of mine.”

Hudgins, who was unconscious when he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was not the intended target, police said.
Hudgins, of 4901 S. Champlain Ave, was pronounced dead there at 9:45 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Friends said Hudgins knew about the dangers in the area.

“Every night he got off, he’d call me when the neighborhood would be in turmoil with shooting and stuff, he would call me and ask, what’s the safest way to walk home?” his friend Geno Williams said.

Local resident James Grisson said, “always somebody gets shot. A little girl, 7 years old, got shot the other day. You can’t do nothing about it.”

Chicago police said they believe the person who shot Hudgins intended to hit a known gang member who was walking down the street, near the spot where Hudgins was killed.

Police said they are searching for the car the shooter or shooters used. It’s described only as a silver or gray sedan.

Wentworth Area detectives have been trying to obtain video from businesses in the area, including the barbeque restaurant, which is a favorite stop for police in the area.

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  • Barbara AlwayzlovingGod

    Killed while trying to make a living….

    • onceproudamerican

      Killed because of the anti-smoking Nazi’s.. Had he been able to smoke indoors he might be alive today!!

  • bigboi

    I grew up with Josh at one time we were homeboys… R.I.P.

  • Rhonda

    My heart goes out to the Hudgins family. I’d gone to the restaurant numerous times. Josh was good people. R.I.P.

  • petergriffin

    the bullets for meant for someone else.
    no big deal.
    WHat a shame these nigs treat each other.

  • bbQGrill

    I love to know about Barbecue!! Its my passion….

  • Charles Ryan

    So tell me again how well that gun ban in the city is going…..? What is that adage; when guns are outlawed….ah, forget it.

  • gitta gong

    yeah, the orangutang gangs will still shoot and kill people, it would be just like saying, you don’t have any money, so why don’t you leave chicago and go to where people take care of you! They stay here anyway!


    just praying for his family and all the people who knew him…its ashame that this killing continues to go on and you cant tell me all the people that was out there dont kno nothing>?????come on people do the right thing for real……….i didnt know him but i been in alices plenty of times and he fixed my food……this is crazy…rest in peace and tooo his family stay strong AND PRAY GOD GOT YOU ALLS BACK TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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