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Alleged Shooter Identified by Friends of Victim in Park Manor Slaying

By Erin Meyer | April 17, 2013 8:11pm | Updated on April 18, 2013 11:23am
 Phillip Anderson, 26, aka L.P., is charged in the April 1 slaying of Johnathon Hoskins. He was ordered held without bail Wednesday.
Phillip Anderson, 26, aka L.P., is charged in the April 1 slaying of Johnathon Hoskins. He was ordered held without bail Wednesday.
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Cook County Sheriffs Department

COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Shortly before noon on a Monday in Park Manor, a man known by his nickname, L.P., walked up to a group of friends standing on a sidewalk and fired two shots, fatally striking 24-year-old Johnathon Hoskins in the back of the head, prosecutors said.

Phillip "L.P." Anderson, 26, is now charged with first-degree murder in the April 1 slaying.

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Joell Zahr said at Anderson's bond hearing Wednesday that Hoskins and two friends were talking to someone on a speakerphone in the 7400 block of South Eberhart Avenue at 11:55 a.m. when Anderson approached and started shooting.

Anderson ran away, Zahr said. Hoskins, of the 7700 block of South Langley Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hoskins' two friends, who knew Anderson, gave police his nickname and were able to identify him as the shooter through a photo array, she said.

A third witness, who knows both Hoskins and Anderson, was standing on his porch at the time of the slaying, Zahr said.

Anderson was ordered held without bail Wednesday by Cook County Judge Edward Harmening.