Teen Held In Shooting Near Bakery; Motive Unknown

UPDATED 11/07/11 11:03 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) Police continue to search for a motive in a shooting that killed three people near a Chatham neighborhood bakery over the weekend, as they question a person of interest in the case.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, police are now questioning a 17-year-old boy, but had issued no charges as of 11 a.m.

The motive in the triple murder is unclear Monday morning, but the horror speaks for itself. A 2-year-old girl is now motherless.

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The shooting happened Saturday evening in the 400 block of East 87th Street, in a parking lot outside A Piece of Cake bakery and a neighboring Church’s Chicken restaurant.

Witnesses picked the Chicago boy out from an array of photos as the person who allegedly shot the three who were all sitting inside a car, police said.

Police said a car pulled up to the parking lot at about 5 p.m. Saturday, just as Chanda Thompson, 21, was leaving A Piece of Cake Bakery and getting into the parked car with two men.

Thompson had been picking up a cake for her daughter’s 2nd birthday at the bakery.

But when she got in the car, witnesses say a man walked up and shot her and her two friends, killing them all.

“I saw this guy just pull up, jump out, and just started shooting,” said witness Valeria Durham, “and I heard, like, boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom!”

Jennifer Lias, the assistant manager at Church’s Chicken, 400 E. 87th St., said her cook saw the gunman pull the trigger.

“He saw the man pass him, walk this way, and then he said he saw the man, after the shooting, go right past him and walk to the back, and ran through the alley,” Lias said.

On Sunday, the Chatham community came together at 87th Street and King Drive to get the word out, along with community activist Andrew Holmes.

One of Thompson’s good friends also came out to pass fliers.

“She left behind a baby, a brother, sisters, family – they’re all just shocked,” said the friend, Camiella Williams.

Thompson was pursuing a nursing degree at a local college, and also working at a daycare.

Her daughter’s birthday party still went on Sunday, even though relatives said it was hard to be in the mood.

Authorities have also identified one of the other friends killed as Cortez Champion, 21. The other man’s name has not been released.

The bakery has been operating in the Chatham neighborhood for 30 years.

Retired Mayor Richard M. Daley stopped there for a piece of birthday cake emblazoned with his picture last April while making his farewell tour of the city.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Anne

    Mayor Emmanuel,
    Botom line–
    We need more police.
    Do not make any cuts at OEMC.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, politicians and all 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 of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

  • Maxine Wade

    hello, we as a people, need to turn from our mean and wicked ways.so that god can heal the city. it’s not the police fault ,or the mayor or any one in authority.it’s our fault. we have accept the wrong spirit,we allow the seperent (devil) to control our minds and heart against one another.can’t we see that,.i pray for those family members that god heal their’s heart and mind. lord heal our city.we’re losing the war and the battle. peace be still.

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