Security guard killed in shooting outside Chatham Kids Foot Locker, family says

Friday, April 5, 2024
Security guard fatally shot outside Chatham Kids Foot Locker
A Chicago shooting in Chatham outside a Kids Foot Locker near 87th and South Cottage Grove killed security guard Sidney Cassell, his family said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man was killed in a shooting outside of a Kids Foot Locker store in Chatham Thursday night, Chicago police said.

Sources close to the investigation said the man was a security guard.

Chicago police said at about 7:20 pm, the 29-year-old man was getting into his car in the 8600-block of South Cottage Grove when a blue car pulled up and someone inside fired shots at him.

The victim was shot three times, once in the face and twice in the lower body.

He was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition where he died, police said.

His family spoke with ABC7 and identified him as Sidney Cassell.

"He don't bother nobody man," the victim's father, Joseph Cassell, said. "He liked cracking jokes, always trying to make somebody laugh. I don't understand this."

Investigators could be seen inside the store where at least one bullet hole was visible in the window.

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"This is devastating," the victim's stepmother, Lamika Cassell, said. "No words can take a mom's pain, a dad's pain away, cause he's supposed to be burying us, not us burying him."

Police have not released any details about what might have motivated the shooting.

"He was a fun loving guy," Joseph said. "He liked to have fun and crack jokes... He was a big teddy bear. He's 6'5". He liked to dance."

The family of the victim has set up a GoFundMe page for his funeral arrangements.

"If anybody out there knows anything, please contact the family or the police," the victim's aunt, Tonya Cassell, said. "This has been a real loss for us, a real shock to me."

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