|The victim died on the grass to the left of the L tracks pillar.|
UPDATE 7:23PM: Charges filed. More details on our follow-up report HERE.
UPDATE 12:30PM – A source has told us that police notification of family and/or friends took place in the nearby 1300 block of Fletcher this morning.
UPDATE 4:30PM-While the victim’s legal address is in suburban Palos Park, we have been told that he may have lived in our neighborhood at the Fletcher address.
UPDATE 5:10PM: DNAInfo Chicago has more about the victim.
UPDATE 6:54PM: We are receiving word that charges have been filed.
Our original report follows….
A suspect is in custody after a 25-year-old man was shot dead during an apparent cell phone robbery overnight in the 900 block of Oakdale.
|The suspect was found by a cop who scaled this building to access
the Wellington CTA platform, which was closed for the night.
A manhunt ensued for the offender and police found a man matching the gunman’s description on the Wellington Brown Line station platform at 2:34AM.
About 200 feet from the murder scene, a small chrome revolver, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered in a neighbor’s back yard.
According to a witness, the victim screamed, “He took my phone! He took my phone!” indicating that the shooting may have occurred when an all-too-common mugging went sideways.
While police have not officially announced robbery as a factor, an officer on-scene confirmed that early indications are that an altercation erupted when the offender targeted the victim’s cell phone.
Officers climbed into the Wellington station, which is closed overnight, by scaling a nearby building. There, they found a man who resembled the shooter’s description on the southbound platform. That man was taken in for questioning.