CHICAGO — A man shot his girlfriend and her mother after an argument in Back of the Yards just after midnight Friday, police said, and the older woman later died from her injuries.
Around 12:05 a.m. Friday, officers responded to the shooting in the 5400 block of South Laflin Street and found the wounded mother and daughter. Both women were in critical condition and transferred to Stroger Hospital, said Officer Amina Greer, a police spokeswoman.
The mother, 46, was shot in her stomach and the upper back. Her 25-year-old daughter was shot in her torso, Greer said.
The mother, Theresa Spearman was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:36 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Police are looking for the younger woman's boyfriend, a man in his 30s, who detectives believe is the shooter, Greer said. He fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.
Friday morning, a stream of friends and family visited the home where the two women were shot looking for answers and worried that the gunman might return.
"I'm nervous," said a 55-year-old man who would only be identified as Darryl out of fear for the shooter. "We have to be aware. If he's nutty enough to do that, I'm not crazy enough to think he won't come back."
Darryl said the boyfriend was known to be jealous and family often feared what he was capable of.
"He was crazy in love and he was too sensitive. He didn't trust anyone around her. She couldn't even go to the bathroom for herself, you know what I mean?" he said. "Now, the girl's in the hospital and the girl's mother is dead all over some jealousy. "
At the time of the shooting, Darryl said several people were in the home, which is similar to a "rooming house" with many residents.
"They were good people, good friends of mine. She just got hooked up with the wrong kind of man," Darryl said.
Antoine Tolbert, 34, said his ex-girlfriend is Spearman's daughter and the sister of the wounded woman. He said his ex-girlfriend was pistol-whipped during the argument and was later treated at the hospital and released. She told him her wounded sister was "doing fine."
"I feel bad for her mother. That's not just her mother — that was supposed to be my mother-in-law."