One killed, one wounded in Beverly shooting

July 11, 2008 1:15:57 PM PDT
Chicago police are investigating a deadly shooting in the Beverly neighborhood. Robert White, 26, is dead and a 25-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood. He is hospitalized in critical condition.

The shooting happened late Thursday night in the 9600 block of South Charles.

The family of Robert White is obviously upset about his slaying as investigators continue to sift through files they have managed to gather at the scene, trying to figure out what precipitated the attack. Officials do not believe the shooting is gang related but they believe that the two men were targeted.

"The love that he shared and touched so many lives, it means a lot to us," said parents James and Cassandra White.

"I'm not sure what happened, but to cause young men to lose their lives just so senselessly is just aching and pulling at my heart," said Cassandra White.

According to police, the single father of a 6-year-old son was gunned down as he and a friend sat in a car late last Thursday night.

"They blocked off both intersections, left and right...so at that point I knew it was not an elderly person sick, it was actually an intense crime scene," said neighborhood resident Ian McGhee.

Witnesses tell detectives they heard several shots ring out after a suspect walked into the car and opened fire. While investigators say the attack was not gang related, some neighborhood residents wonder if the violence was linked to an altercation the day before.

"This is surprising to us because this type of thing doesn't happen over here, you know what I mean? So it's still surprising everybody what's going on," said Jeremy Lewis.

The family of Robert White says he was generous and caring, often spending a lot of time with his son and nieces and nephews, taking them to the park. Family members add that White was preparing to start his own music label. His father says his son also wanted desperately to continue to help people and even was preparing to train as a paramedic like his father.

"He just talked about it earlier today that he wanted to go to school, because he said my job was easy. He could do that one," said James White.

"We're going to pull together, and the legacy is going to live on," said Cassandra White.

Detectives who were at the scene did not say if any weapons were recovered. There are no suspects and no arrests have been made.


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