Within seconds, life changed completely for a South Side Chicago man on March 31. While he was live streaming a video on Facebook, the smiling man was shot multiple times.
The man recording the selfie video begins by saying that the corner store behind him reopened now that he has returned to the neighborhood. "I can't be out here without the store being open," said the man.
The horrific selfie captured the shooting of an as yet unidentified man on the 5800 block of South Hoyne Avenue on Chicago’s violent South Side at approximately 4:45 p.m. The 31-year-old victim was talking in front of the store when a car pulled up and several shots were fired. He fell to the ground and dropped his phone.
The horror continued. While the live-streaming was still going on, the victim's friend comes into view to shoot at the perpetrator, who drove by, as many as fifteen times.
This was followed by silence and then a cloud-specked blue sky, with a stop sign clearly visible. Shortly thereafter, people could be heard. Approaching the victim, the bystanders could be heard to say that he should be taken to hospital. One voice apparently said, “He’s cold!” while a woman could be heard screaming “Oh my God, no … I can’t believe this!”
As of the evening hours on March 31, the victim in the video was receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital nearby. The victim remains in critical condition. He was but one of nine who were shot in Chicago in the same hour on that same day. One shooting occurred outside an elementary school on the West Side that was witnessed by a child. Two people were killed in an unrelated shooting, while the first three months of 2016 have already proven to be the deadliest start to a year in decades.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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