Uptown Gangbangers Kill *Another* Innocent Bystander

A bystander administers first aid in an attempt to save Friday’s shooting victim in Uptown. (Nathaniel Marshall)

A 55-year-old man was shot dead on Uptown’s bustling Wilson Avenue yesterday evening—the second unintended victim of daytime gang gunfire within a single city block this month. No one is in custody.

Investigators believe a member of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang was the intended target of the 6:15PM shooting, which unfolded on a sidewalk in front of 909 W. Wilson.

Photo: @UptownChicagoRock1
Instead, one of the bullets struck a bystander in his left ribcage and killed him.

A source identified the victim as Robert Kraft. A passer-by believed Kraft to be homeless, but a reader identifying themselves as Kraft’s ex-wife said that was not the case.

31-year-old Nathaniel Marshall captured unsettling video as a bystander and then Chicago Fire Department paramedics tried to save Kraft.

Facebook removed Marshall’s videos and we have re-posted them to YouTube with his permission. (Video one  • Video two).

“I grew up in Uptown,” Marshall told us last night. “I don’t feel safe at all. I want to move away.”

Second Innocent Killed

Earlier this month, a 57-year-old grandmother was shot in the chest and killed by errant gang gunfire less than a block from where Kraft was gunned down.

Penny Gearhart was standing outside of 4535 N. Sheridan at 3:20PM on August 3 when a drive-by shooter opened fire. She died moments later. A 58-year-old man who was with Gearhart was also shot.

Gearhart’s murder, like 79% of all killings in Chicago this year, remains unsolved.

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