Carl Smith / Photo from Chicago Police
BY JORDAN OWEN
A man who had been shot was able to identify his assailant — and provide police with man’s phone number — before dying last summer, according to prosecutors.
Barnett was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car selling drugs in the 1600 block of West 69th Street just after 11 p.m. when Smith walked up to the car and shot him once in the groin, prosecutors said in court Thursday.
Barnett put the car in drive, but drove only about three blocks before crashing, prosecutors said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical in Oak Lawn, where he underwent surgery.
Witnesses identified Smith to police as the shooter, prosecutors said.
Once Barnett was out of surgery, he identified Smith in a photo array, telling police he knew his nickname and provided Smith’s phone number, prosecutors said.
Barnett, of the 7200 block of South Rockwell Street, died four days later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which said he also went by the name Kenneth Martin.
An autopsy confirmed Barnett died from a gunshot to the groin and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.
Smith was found hiding under a bed at his girlfriend’s house, prosecutors said.
On Thursday, Judge James Brown ordered Smith held without bond.