Person of interest held in Uptown, Gage Park shootings

Police say they have a person of interest in custody in connection with two shootings in Chicago.
April 1, 2014 8:33:56 PM PDT
Chicago police say a person of interest is in custody in connection with the shooting of a store clerk on the city's South Side and a man in a parking lot on the city's North Side.

At 6:05 a.m. a gunman killed a cashier at a grocery store in the 2400-block of West 63rd Street, police said. Less than four hours later, an offender in a vehicle with the same description shot a man in the Uptown neighborhood.

Earlier, police described the shooter as 22-to-32 years old, 5'8" to 5 foot 10 inches tall and wearing a tshirt with an image combining Chicago sports team logos. Police say he was driving a white Crown Victoria. A car matching that description was towed away by police in the Humboldt Park neighborhood late Tuesday night.

Around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, 50-year-old Brion Payne, was shot in the head while stopping at a Dunkin Donuts in the Uptown neighborhood.

"He drives people back and forth for dialysis. People that are sick, he's their driver. That's what he was doing, he was stopping for coffee," said Tshayna Culpepper, victim's daughter.

"He's a great person. Comes home from work, spends time with his kids, goes back to work, comes home. I don't know why somebody would want to do this to him," said Jessica Rosado, victim's girlfriend.

People on two sides of the city are now struggling to make sense of seemingly random shootings.

"I'm very disturbed about that. I thought the neighborhood was changing," Mittle said. "People are getting kind of wild now, you have to watch out for the young people. A bullet has no name."

Brion Payne was shot in a crime-ridden area of Uptown, but the local alderman said it wasn't gang related. He's a father of 10, and grandfather of 4.

"He's a fighter, so he's strong and we know he'll pull through. He's a good dad and we just want to find who did this and get them to justice," said Culpepper.

Payne remains in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview.


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