UPS worker Michael Sullivan shot, killed near Pulaski Green Line

On Wednesday night, detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the block where 53-year-old Michael Sullivan was gunned down.
November 13, 2013 8:28:30 PM PST
Police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man on his way to work on Chicago's West Side Tuesday night.

On Wednesday night, detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the block where 53-year-old Michael Sullivan was gunned down. Police believe the 53-year-old victim was killed in a botched robbery. Relatives say Michael Sullivan was on his way to work when he was killed. The shooting happened in the 4200-block of West Lake Street near the Pulaski Green Line stop.

"It's Thanksgiving in two weeks. We don't have nothing to give thanks for at this time because the person that provided the thanks for us is now gone," said Latoya Griffin, victim's daughter.

Michael Sullivan was a father and grandfather and for 32 years, he worked at the UPS sorting facility on the Near West Side. That's where he was headed Tuesday night when he was shot and killed on his way to the Pulaski Green Line.

"I just can't fathom this day. It just seems like it's unreal," said Frederick Sullivan, victim's brother.

"It's my dad. We hurt. We want answers. Help us. Just help. Anything that you may know," said Griffin.

It's been a day of tears for the family of Michael Sullivan.

"They took someone near and dear from this family. It's despicable. It's just unbelievable. It's devastating," said Chetel Sullivan, victim's sister-in-law.

Police say the 53-year-old Sullivan was shot in the head and later died here in the 4200-block of West Lake Street shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Police say Sullivan may have been the victim of a would-be robber.

"I never thought it would be him that died," said Kenya Boyd, victim's niece.

His loved ones are now left with unanswered questions, but say Sullivan was walking to the Pulaski Green Line stop, like he did most nights, on his way to his job at the UPS facility on the Near West Side. He worked the overnight shift from 1 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

"He worked for us. He did everything for us. That's all he did was work for us," said Griffin.

Relatives say Sullivan loved computers and had a degree from DeVry University. But he devoted his career to UPS, sorting boxes for more than 30 years, despite needing dialysis treatment for a kidney problem.

"They had a new contract coming up in December. And he was going to retire. He was going to retire," said Sullivan.

"My dad loved UPS. Thirty-two years, faithfully. Never late. Always on time," said Griffin.

Sullivan had just celebrated the birth of a new grandchild. Police continue to investigate, but have not released any description of a suspect.


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