The search is on for the gunman who shot and killed a blind man on Chicago’s West side Monday night.
The victim’s neighbors are sad and angry and want authorities to do more to keep them safe. They said prayers to stop the violence after another deadly shooing in their community of North Lawndale.
“I felt pain, I felt anger because for one he was a blind man,” neighbor Melannie Williams said. “He couldn’t even see, yet he was out here.”
Police identified the victim as 50-year-old Johnny Shanklin who neighbors say used a cane to walk around the area.
“It was sad, it was sad… I just seen him walking all the time,” neighbor Elizabeth Evans said. “What was he like? He was a nice guy.”
Neighbors remember Shanklin as a friendly man without any enemies.
“John, that was a good dude man,” one neighbor said. “Older guy, give you advice and counseling. He’s a good guy, stayed out of everyone’s way and helped you if you needed it.”
Authorities said Shanklin was just walking along the corner of Roosevelt Road and Avers Avenue when a car pulled up and shot him in the back, killing him.
“We want to live life to the fullest without looking over our shoulder thinking we’re going to get shot… Our children would like to play this summer,” Williams said. “Our elderly would like to go to the store.”
Neighbors said they want to see more police patrols in the area and more action from their community leaders.
“It’s time for the politicians to come out on the streets with the leaders to come out and stand with the community,” she added.
Investigators are trying to determine if the shooting was intentional or random.