Businessman Shot Over The Weekend Had Been Collecting Rent
(CBS) – A businessman fatally shot over the weekend on the South Side was carrying rent money he had just collected, tenants say.
Herbert L. Goode was shot multiple times on Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of West 57th Street outside an industrial building he owned in West Englewood.
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports some believe he may have been set up.
The 66-year-old was a longtime businessman who owned a River North framing shop and the rental properties.
Goode’s tenants say he was out collecting rent there when a gunman came up to him in the middle of the street and opened fire, just a few feet from an entrance to one of his buildings.
Another tenant said others were outside when it happened and came running into the building. When it was safe, the witness says, he went out to help his landlord, who had been shot in the chest.
Police believe it was a robbery and are checking various security cameras in that area for leads. Tenants believe Goode may have had hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars on him when he was shot.
“He was a nice guy,” one of his tenants tells Kozlov. “You pay his money and he don’t bother you.”
Family gathered Monday at Goode’s Palos Park home and say they are grieving for a man they loved. A sign on his shop simply states they are closed for a family emergency.
Others who work in the area say they believe the gunman drove away.
Because no one else was shot, they wonder if Goode was set up or ambushed by someone who knew he’d be collecting rent that day.
Police have no one in custody.