Hyde Park shooting kills 1, injures 1

April 30, 2013 3:10:31 PM PDT
Luis Galvin returned home after a long night at the hospital.

The 21-year-old is thankful a hand wound is all he received when a gunman opened fire right outside Galvin's Hyde Park apartment door. "I call it a million dollar wound because the fact i'm still alive and my hand still working fine," said Galvin. "I'll get over this it's a simple scar."

But Galvin's friend Henry Atkins wasnt so lucky, the 39-year-old was shot to death Galvin says just after midnight he opened his door for Atkins when someone right behind him opened fire.

"I got shot as I grabbed him. I tried to grab him and pulling in, and when he shot, the bullet went through my hand and kind of pierced his rib cage and went towards his chest," Galvan said.

Galvin says his friend died in his arms while the gunman fled.

Galvan says Atkins never had issues with anyone.

"He had a good life; he stayed by himself. He was always by himself, is a good guy. I mean, I couldn't see anybody having a reason to even come after him or me. I don't even talk to hardly nobody around here," Galvan said.

Sekou Tafari owns a bookstore next to the apartment building and said he worries about crime there.

"You have the type of people coming into the building, and they have all the people hanging out inside the hall, so this was probably a disaster waiting to happen," Tafari said.

On Tuesday, police circled the area looking for more information, as some officers stopped to talk with neighbors.

Atkins lives around the corner from the crime scene. It is not known whether or not he was the intended target.

The apartment building where the shooting happened sits right in the heart of Hyde Park, down the street from a movie theater and restaurants and next to a huge construction project that is expected to bring in a hotel and retail.

This is the second murder to shake up the neighborhood in recent days. About a week ago, a 15-year-old was shot in the 5000-block of South Evans.

"They are doing a lot of building to better the neighborhood," said neighbor Bobby Williams. "Something like this is not going to stop it, we will continue to press for it."


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