1 killed, 1 injured in early morning shooting

April 11, 2008 4:36:25 PM PDT
A man who worked for the Chicago Tribune was killed while sitting in a car with a co-worker on the city's South Side.

Wayne Jackson, 23, worked at the Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center printing plant for the last few years and had worked his way up to a fork lift operator. His co-worker had given him a ride home and was injured in the shooting.

Family members say Jackson was hit some eight times by a gunman's bullets and killed outside his home near 85th Street and Saginaw.

The 23-year-old's relatives are asking anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and help solve the crime.

"Wayne always loved his nieces and nephews. He was just a family type of guy," said the victim's uncle Earle Chisolm-El.

Wayne Jackson was shot and killed early Friday morning while sitting in a car in front of his house.

"He's always doing stuff for people. When there was snow on the ground, shoveled everybody on this block. Wayne is always doing something for everybody. So, to take his life is ridiculous," said the young man's mother, Darlene Brooks.

Jackson finished working the night shift at the printing plant and was driven home by a female co-worker early Friday. The two were sitting in a car outside of Jackson's house having a conversation when with a white SUV pulled up and two men got out. The two reportedly approached the car with at least one gun. Jackson was shot in the head, and his co-worker was hit in the leg and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She is expected to be recover.

Wayne Jackson's family wants to know why this happened. They say he was a hard worker and stayed out of trouble.

"We don't have any reasons why a person would want to come out and just brazenly take his life," Earle Chisolm-El said.

"Wayne never gang banged and never did anything to anybody. That's what's so shocking about the whole thing," said Brooks.

Relatives tell ABC7 Chicago that Jackson had a girlfriend who was pregnant expecting their first child. They say he had been busy working hard to provide for his growing family.


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