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GLENWOOD (STMW) — A 21-year-old Glenwood man who was undergoing surgery Monday afternoon after four men broke into his apartment and he was shot in his bed managed to protect his 2-year-old son during the shooting, according to the 2-year-old’s mother and grandmother.
The Glenwood man, identified as Jeffrey Dawkins, was shot in his stomach and was undergoing surgery at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, they said.
Two of the four men who broke into the building also were hospitalized with gunshot wounds, police said. None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, Police Chief Demitrous Cook said.
The other two suspects also were in custody, police said.
Police were called to the incident in the 500 block of Carroll Parkway in Glenwood about 10:30 a.m., police said.
It was not clear how the two suspects were shot.
“We do not know who shot who; we don’t even know if they know each other,” said Cook, who said investigators were working to obtain a warrant to search the apartment.
Dawkins’ mother, Lorna Barrios, who lives with her son, said someone tried to kick in the back door of the residence at about 10 p.m. Sunday. A police report was filed and the door was repaired. She believes the same people may have returned and done the shooting.
Barrios had left for work Monday when another son called and told her about the shooting. She had to take a cab back home from the Loop.
“We have no clue why anybody would do this. My son has no clue,” said Barrios, who said they had been living in the unit for four years. “Nothing like this has ever happened. The worst thing they usually do is steal cars.”
Barrios said Dawkins was sleeping with his 2-year-old son when the men broke in. The toddler’s mother, Briana Jones, said the boy had been visiting his father for the weekend and stayed an extra day.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know who, I don’t know why,” she said.
Jones said the boy went with Dawkins to the hospital but that he was not harmed.
“They tried to kill my son’s father, but they didn’t know (the boy) was with him,” she said.
The four men left in a silver van but were pulled over in the 17600 block of Halsted Street in Homewood, police said. Cook said two of the men were from Chicago. He did not know where the other two were from but said it was not Glenwood.
Daron Johnson, who lives upstairs from Barrios, said he heard about the shooting on the news and that he knows Dawkins.
“He’s a good dude. He didn’t do anything to anybody. They’re good people,” Johnson said. “This neighborhood has gotten bad as of late. People have been breaking into cars.”
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