Grandfather killed in West Englewood shooting was not intended target, police say

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A 78-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. (WLS)

The search is on for the person who murdered a 78-year-old man walking home from a store Thursday on Chicago's South Side.

Police said that the grandfather was not the intended target - he was caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting in the city's West Englewood neighborhood.

Gene Gordon fell near a stop sign on the corner of West 68th Street and South Hermitage Avenue around 4:45 p.m. Someone inside a light-colored sedan had fired shots at a group of people nearby, police said. Gordon was shot in the head.

People who live nearby tried to save Gordon, but he didn't survive. He died at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 5:45 p.m. Gordon is survived by his wife, four children and grandchildren.

"It's a shocker to them to lose - she lost a husband. They lost their father. They lost their grandfather. What I'm asking is the individuals who know about these individuals, just give us a call or give CPD a call. There's a $2,000 reward for someone who knows all individuals who was in that car, no matter who they were," said Andrew Holmes, an anti-violence activist in Chicago.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified said he heard at least six shots. He also said this is the third time he's heard shooting on that corner in the past few months.

A young girl played on the sidewalk near the crime scene. She was excited to see a TV news camera and asked if it would be on television. Two blocks of Hermitage on either side of 68th Street had cleared out after the shooting, and residents had gone inside their homes.

James Poole, a community activist with Chicago Against Violence, stood across the street from the corner holding a flag that read "All Lives Matter."

"These blocks are usually full of people," he said. "Now there's no one. It's sad."

Community Activist Andrew Holmes said there is a reward for information leading to the assailant.

"Give us a call or give CPD a call," said Holmes. "There is a $2,000 reward for someone who knows all individuals who were in the car no matter what."

No one is in custody. Area South detectives are investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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