CHICAGO — Friends of a 54-year-old man who was fatally shot in Englewood late Wednesday night are mourning the loss of a "great friend" and a "great father."
Eddie Jones, 54, died in the 6500 block of South Sangamon Street just after 11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Police said Jones was in a tan-colored car on the block about 10:50 p.m. when a gunman came out of a nearby gangway and began shooting.
Jones was shot multiple times, including in his head, authorities said. He died on the scene.
George Isom, who lives on the block, said he was watching television when he heard about five gunshots. When he came outside, he saw Jones, who he didn't know, laying on the ground as emergency responders arrived on the scene to treat the 54-year-old.
Alonzo Hatter, a friend of Jones who also lives on the block, said he got a phone call Thursday night about what had happened.
Hatter, who knew Jones by the nickname "Lott," said he waiting to learn details surrounding Jones' death.
"I don't understand it," Hatter said. "It's a shame. Another close brother is gone."
Jones, of the 5700 block of South Normal Avenue, would regularly stop by Hatter's garage, where he works on cars, and hang out with friends from the block.
"He knew everybody in the neighborhood," Hatter said. "He'd always tell us to be safe out here."
Both Hatter and Isom both described the 6500 block of Sangamon Street as quiet and generally peaceful.
"It's a mystery to me [what happened]," Isom said.
Hatter described Jones as a kindhearted, "cool guy," who was generous and a good father to his children.
"He was a good friend, a good father, a good person," Hatter said.
No one is in custody for the shooting and detectives are investigating, police said.
Mina Bloom contributed to this story.
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