By ASHLEE REZIN AND LUKE WILUSZ
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
A barbecue at a South Side park was interrupted by gunfire early Tuesday, leaving Antian Hardmon, Ayanna Northern, and Tyrone Spikes dead, and three other people injured in the Fuller Park neighborhood.
About 30 people were enjoying the barbecue, a memorial for someone who died in a crash years ago, when more than 15 shots rang out, according to a woman who wished to be identified only as “Shorty.”
Five people were shot about 12:10 a.m. in the 300 block of West 42nd Street when two males opened fire from an alley, according to Chicago Police. Lawn chairs and beer cans could be seen strewn about the edge of the park at the end of the block.
Hardmon, 25, of the 7200 block of South Langley, was shot in the head, and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Northern, 22, was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
Spikes, 28, also suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 3:35 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 6300 block of South Ingleside.
Also, a 30-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. Another woman, 24, was shot in the left leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital; while a 36-year-old man was shot in the leg and later walked into Provident Hospital. Both of their conditions were stabilized.
“Shorty” said she held the 24-year-old woman in her arms before she died.
“She said, ‘Help me,’ her eyes glazed over, and that was it,” she said, adding she didn’t know the woman personally.
“Shorty,” who grew up in the neighborhood, added that her five nieces and nephews, all younger than 9, get mad at her for not letting them play in the park because it’s not safe.
“After the pow pow pow pow, we all hit the ground. But [the woman] didn’t get up,” she said. “I have to work at 8 a.m., but I’m not going to sleep because if I close my eyes, I’m going to see it … Her face is etched in my mind.”