Two dead in Chicago shootings after fighting at Logan Square bus stop, Hermosa Carjacking, says CPD; suspicious by and large
CHICAGO (WLS) – Two men were killed in shootings on the northwest side of Chicago early Thursday morning. A man detained in Kenosha after being shot dead by police may be linked to the killings.
Police said shortly after 1 a.m., a 25-year-old man was sitting in a bus stop on Fullerton Avenue and Pulaski Road in Logan Square when he was approached by an all black man. They argued and the 25-year-old was fatally shot in the chest.
“I heard a noise, then I saw a guy with a hat and a gray backpack. He shot the guy twice,” said the owner of the gas station across the street who witnessed the shooting. “He asked three or four cars but no one wanted to take him, and then he ran to West Fullerton.”
CPD said the suspect then escaped on foot to the 2300 block of North Keystone Avenue in Hermosa, where he picked up a 41-year-old man’s vehicle. The two fought, and the 41-year-old was fatally shot in the chest.
The 41-year-old has been identified as Miguel Padilla Jr. Friends said he had just parked and went to his neighborhood bar where he was like family when he was shot.
“It’s a tragedy that this happened to him. He was a loving, caring person who went out of his way for all,” said Lourdes Rivera, a close friend of the victim.
The suspect drove away in what police called a brown Buick Encore from 2016.
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Kenosha police said Thursday afternoon that they had been notified that a Chicago murder suspect had traveled to their area. The Kenosha County Sheriff said the suspect was stopped by his officers and then shot at one of their K9s before being shot by an officer. The suspect has been arrested and is being treated at a local hospital.
Kenosha officials did not make it clear whether the suspect was wanted for that double shootout or some other murder, but said the suspect was driving a car that was stolen from his victim.
The 38th Ward Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa said the shootings appear to be random.
“I have people who have grown up in Chicago all their lives and tell me, ‘I’m scared of getting out of my car at night,’ so we need to get together as a community,” he said.
Padilla’s family said he would be remembered as a sweet person who never let a lifelong disability affect him.
“He had cerebral palsy,” said Rivera. “He didn’t have a feeling in one hand, but it didn’t stop him from living. He kept going.”
A car riddled with bullets was also seen at the spot where the 25-year-old was fatally shot in Logan Square, but it was from an unrelated incident, police said.
According to the Illinois State Police, a shooting broke out around 1:30 a.m. on the Kennedy Expressway from Addison Street to Fullerton.
A man and woman in a white hatchback stopped when they saw police and said they were shot on the expressway, police said.
One person was not critically injured in the incident.
The arriving Kennedy was closed in Addison from 2:55 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. but has been reopened since then.
No one was in custody in connection with the late Thursday morning incidents.
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