CHICAGO (CBS) — The Fourth of July weekend is off to a violent start.
Four people are dead and 40 others are injured in shooting incidents as the city heads into Sunday night. Among the injured is the son of a Cook County judge, which Chicago Police have dubbed a gang related shooting.
Neighbors who know the family, however, say the 28-year-old victim is not in a gang, adding that he is a young, hard working father who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“This hits home because I’ve known this young man for years. I’m hoping he’ll be alright,” said Tom Keller, who is a neighbor of the family.
Keller added that it’s hard to comprehend how his neighbor’s son, Duriel Lyke, ended up getting shot Saturday night. “It’s kind of disturbing because it’s not like him — he’s not a gang member. He has a family, he’s not that type.”
Police say someone shot Lyke at least twice — in the head and in the leg — around 10 p.m. on the 900 block of East 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood. He was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital in critical condition.
As of Monday night, Lyke had already undergone four surgeries. His father says doctors are optimistic.
Lyke’s father is Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr. In a Facebook message, he said, “My son is about to go back into surgery. Please keep him in your prayers.”
Chicago Police said Lyke is not in a gang, but a 27-year-old man who was also injured in the shooting does have gang affiliations.