1 Killed, 2 Wounded In Englewood Shooting

Updated 07/19/11 – 9:10 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed and two others, including an elderly man, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Englewood neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

Police said three people were shot near 70th Street and Parnell Avenue at about 4 p.m. Witnesses said it was a drive-by shooting and police evidence technicians marked at least 17 bullet holes and fragments at the scene.

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An 18-year-old man died after he was shot in the chest, police said. A 17-year-old and an 88-year-old man were also injured in the shooting.

Witnesses said the gunman was targeting the two teenagers and the elderly man was an innocent bystander.

Arthur Bridgeford, 88, who was sitting on his porch, was shot in the arm and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical but stable condition, according to a Fire Department spokesperson.

The 17-year-old was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition.

Neighbors said the gunman opened fire on the two young men as they were returning from a store at 71st Street and Parnell Avenue to their home a block away. Bridgeford was struck by one of the bullets.

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Arthur Bridgeford was sitting in his favorite easy chair at his home in the 7000 block of South Parnell Avenue when a gunman opened fire on two teenagers and one of the bullets struck Bridgeford in the arm. One of the teenagers died, the other was wounded. (Credit: CBS)

Bridgeford’s daughter, Kimberly Carter, said he was sitting in his favorite easy chair. People called in the neighborhood him “Pops” and, at the time of the shooting, he was simply passing the time as he normally did.

“That’s, that’s … I don’t know,” said. “He should have been able to, you know, just sit on the porch.”

Witness Cassandra Hobbs said she was angry that her elderly neighbor was caught in the gunfire.

“The old man … he don’t even do nothing, he sit on his porch every summer minding his own business. He’s a nice old man. He don’t do nothing to nobody,” she said. “It don’t make no sense, it don’t.”

Hobbs said the youngest victim struggled to the front porch of his home on the 6900 block of South Parnell Avenue.

“He holding his side and he was bleeding,” she said.

People in the neighborhood said it was the latest in a string of shootings in the area over the past couple of weeks. Some residents said it’s so bad, that they’re afraid to leave home.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report)

  • Leroy Goldberg


    YOUR PEOPLE ……..’nuff said!

    • Tyreese

      On the money again, Leroy. Too good, HaHaHa !

      • B

        Sock puppet.

      • Jeff Harris

        Mr. Troll man, stop playing with your sock puppet and try to contribute something intelligent to the discussion.

    • B


  • rainyday

    you mean OUR PEOPLE……….don’t you!!!!!!!!

    • Leroy Goldberg

      I most certainly do not!!!!!!!

  • Citizzzen

    Englewood is the deadliest place in the city all the good residents should leave or be armed so they can fight back.

  • Rev Baker

    I go to church in the area. We were walking and witnessing today with police swarming the area to keep us safe hours before this shooting. I’m sending out a prayer for those shot and the person murdered and their families. Senseless violence plagues this neighborhood. God bless us all

  • keshia williams

    this is my block ive been here all my life nd ive honestly grown tired of this mst. btwn normal nd parnell the fightin is ridiculous nd it relly hurts me to actually constantly be apart of this ,we have soilders fightin our real war but were to busy creating one of our own

    • Dan

      @keshia, Where the hell did you go to school? Please proofread before pressing the submit button.

  • Pothead

    Were they black ?

  • Knee Grows Misbehavin' Again

    Another dead knee grow? Who really cares? At least the knee grows are acting like animals in their own neighborhoods instead of heading downtown to assault the civilized folks.

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