CHICAGO — A West Town man was fatally shot near his home early Tuesday, marking Chicago's first murder just hours into the new year.
Octavius Dontrell Lamb, 20, was fatally shot in the 700 block of North Noble Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Police responded to the Noble Street address about 3:50 a.m and found the victim in an alley with a gunshot wound to his throat, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Lamb was pronounced dead at 4:16 a.m., according to the medical examiner's office.
The medical examiner's office listed Lamb's address as the 700 block of North Throop Street, but neighbors said he and his family were evicted from the apartment building two months ago.
The 20-year-old was shot a day before his mother's birthday, said Reginold Lamb, the victim's uncle.
"The family is grieving. We had high hopes for him," Reginold Lamb said. "Tomorrow is his mom's birthday. I was set to call her tomorrow to wish her a happy birthday."
Neighbors in subsidized housing that backs up to the alley where the murder occured said fireworks were going off throughout the night, but they thought they heard a number of gunshots at around the time of the shooting.
"I pray to god something good comes out of this. He didn't deserve this," Reginold Lamb said. "We see too much of this on the streets. This has to stop."
No one was in custody early Tuesday.