CHICAGO — One man is dead and another was hospitalized after a Wednesday afternoon shooting in West Humboldt Park.
The incident occurred at 12:25 p.m. in the 700 block of North Springfield Avenue, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.
The victims, 38 and 40, were taken to Norwegian American Hospital by a friend.
The 38-year-old man was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:40 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
He was identified as Lewis Jenkins of the 1000 block of North Lockwood Avenue.
The older man, shot in his back, is in serious condition and is expected to be transferred to another hospital, police said.
Neighbors and police said Jenkins was disabled and used a wheelchair.
Lisa West, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood, said Jenkins was paralyzed in another shooting years ago.
But West, who said she knew both men from the neighborhood, described the 38-year-old as a "sweetheart" who always gave her money for her sons' haircuts.
"I had cut my kids' hair, and I had cut patches," she said. "And he was like 'Listen, don't ever do it no more. I'll pay for their haircuts for the rest of their lives.'"
Police officers investigated the scene as West and other neighbors looked on from the corner of Chicago and Springfield avenues.
"It's just shocking to me," West said of the shooting.
But West described the neighborhood's violence as "horrible."
"The guns, the crimes, the drugs," she said, shaking her head.
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