Sunday, October 23, 2011

In Chicago: Happy Birthday … You’re Dead!

“The motive for the shooting wasn't clear”? The killer’s motive was to wish Harry Rodriguez a happy birthday!

Police: NW Side man killed at his birthday party, another man wounded
By Liam Ford
Chicago Tribune
6:43 a.m. CDT, October 23, 2011

A man was killed at his birthday party and another man was wounded when a masked gunman shot them in an apartment in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The two men were inside a second-floor apartment in the 2100 block of North LeClaire Avenue about 1:55 a.m., when the gunman began shooting at them from outside the apartment, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

Harry Rodriguez, 23, died after suffering gunshot wounds, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

[Shooting Location]

2100 N Leclaire Ave, Chicago, IL 60639, USA

Both men were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Alfaro said.

The motive for the shooting wasn't clear and nobody was in custody, police said.
Grand Central Area detectives were investigating.

Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas contributed to this report.

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC.]


Anonymous said...

Hey for real I'm respectfully asking that you take this off. That was an innocent life that was taken trying to protect his younger cousin. He did nothing wrong he was a coach and studying to be a PE teacher. This is really disrespectul towards him. I personally know him and can't see how you could even see this as a joke and talk about something like this in that way.

Nicholas said...


What on earth are you talking about?

Anonymous said...

I agree, I knew DJ as well, and this is not funny at all. You couldn't have had a better kid. DJ was living life and doing it the right way!!