3 Questioned In Bloodbath At Store Near Altgeld Gardens

CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people are being held by police in connection with a shootout this week at a store near the Altgeld Gardens public housing complex on the Far South Side.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the shootout happened around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Connect, a store that sold cell phones, jewelry, and assorted general merchandise on 130th Street and Langley Avenue.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

At least one of several assailants exchanged gunfire with a security guard at the store.

As of early Friday, no one had been charged, but police were interviewing three persons of interest.

A store employee, Dion Williams, was outraged by the shooting.

“It’s crazy. This is something that didn’t have to happen,” he said. “Innocent people lost their lives for no reason whatsoever.”

Among those killed in the shootout was Ihab Arafeh, 46, of Lansing, a father of five who came to the store Wednesday night, as he did on many other occasions, to deliver cell phones and supplies.

Arafeh’s son, Zaid Ihab Arafeh, said his father lived to provide for his family. He worked six days a week as the owner of his own cell phone and cell phone accessory wholesale distributorship.

Ihab Arafeh’s job brought him to The Connect around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. During his delivery stop, several men entered the store and opened fire.

“We heard it was not a robbery, which was sick.” Zaid said. “They just go in there pointlessly shooting. … It was just, like, a massacre inside that store.”

Also killed in the attack were two other men associated with the store – the security guard, Michael Banks, 30, of Hobart, Ind., and an employee, Weam “Weezy” Salem, 25, according to reports.

One of the suspects in the attack, Alex Spikes, 17, was later pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Another 17-year-old boy, who was a suspect, and a woman in her 30s, who had been a customer at the store, were wounded in the shooting. The boy, who was shot in the thigh, is being questioned, police said.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!

    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because the big potholes in the road.

    Why is Barak even running again? He’s done enough damage.

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