|This sign, less than a block from today’s murder, has been reminding Uptown residents that “Christ died for our sins” since the 1940’s.|
A 25-year-old Uptown man was shot to death Tuesday afternoon, becoming that neighborhood’s third homicide since August 3.
The victim was standing outside when at least eight shots rang out in the 4500 block of N. Kenmore at 2:42 PM, police said. He died at Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 6 PM, having suffered five gunshot wounds to his chest and two in a leg.
A source identified the victim as Gregory Sims of the 4400 block of N. Malden in Uptown. Sims’ younger brother was at the shooting scene within minutes of the incident.
State records show that he received a four-year prison term for manufacture-delivery of heroin in 2012. He was discharged from the parole system less than two weeks ago.
Chicago Police Department records show that Sims was arrested six times since 2014 while free on parole.
Upon learning of Gregory Sims’ death, one long-time Uptown resident told us, “HOLY SHIT. [Sims has] been terrorizing Sheridan Park for the past few years. [Gregory Sims] is the older brother…This is going to be ugly.”
Only vague descriptions of possible offenders are available. One of the most persistent describes a black man in a gray hoodie who ran through the parking lot of an old school and jumped into a vehicle that fled south.