Man, 65, shot and killed in South Shore: 'You don't want to come outside for awhile'

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Mandy Rodriguez's frightened 3-year-old daughter tugged on her arm while they slept in her bed in a South Side apartment on Friday night.

Booming gunshots woke the girl up while her mother was asleep next to her. Rodriguez comforted her daughter back to sleep before stepping outside as police arrived on the street in the South Shore neighborhood.

"When it happens, you don't want to come outside for a while," Rodriguez said.

A 65-year-old man was shot in the face and killed around 11:35 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue, according to Chicago police. Officers found him unresponsive in the street in front of a midsize apartment building when checking the area following reports of gunfire.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

The man's body was on the street, covered in a white sheet as a light drizzle fell on the crime scene. Police moved a patrol vehicle in front of his body to shield it from view.

A small crowd of residents of nearby apartment buildings gathered on scene as officers scanned the ground with flashlights.

One woman who came outside after hearing gunshots said her own son had been killed at age 22, about 2 miles away in 2010. The body under the white cloth down the street was someone's child, too, she said.

In August 2010, the woman's son was among four men shot after parking near a party at 84th Street and Euclid Avenue, according to Tribune archives.

From inside a passing SUV, the shooter fired and hit the four men, all in their 20s, killing her son and another 22-year-old.

There's a lot going on in the community these days, the woman said: There's good, but there's also violence.

Rodriguez said her children ride bikes up and down the sidewalk in front of the apartment. If it had been a nicer night, she may have still been outside.

The 25-year-old woman grew up in the Bucktown area, but relocated to the South Side for the low-income housing that was available.

"I never feel safe here, but I have no choice," Rodriguez said.

Still, residents of the area say the neighbors on the street know each other in what they described as a tightknit community.

One man who lives on the street approached officers, trying to learn the age of the man killed, as his neighbors were worried about whether they knew him.

"This is concerning," said Chilli Palmer, a 46-year-old man who lives on the street. "We live around here, we have kids."

The man was shot just south of the dividing line between the South Shore neighborhood and the Jackson Park Highlands, an upscale 16-square-block neighborhood made up of historic homes.

The neighborhoods around the crime scene have been the subject of discussions about development and revitalization efforts, as well as concerns about residents being forced out, as the Obama Presidential Center is slated for construction nearby in Jackson Park.

Just outside of the taped-off crime scene, Lisa James stepped out of her house. She dialed her phone, trying to reach her 15-year-old son.

The boy was out at a school dance, and James wanted to warn him about the crime scene that was spread across their street.

"I'm trying to make sure he gets home," James said.

Shortly after, her son was dropped off while she waited for him on the porch.

In a white dress shirt and a bow tie, the boy stood at the edge of the crime scene watching police before walking inside.

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