By JACOB WITTICH, MITCHELL ARMENTROUT and JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
Fifty-four-year-old Peter Fabbri of west suburban Berwyn died about 24 hours after being shot in the head Saturday night near Millennium Park in the Loop; and on Monday, a man was charged with his murder.
Fabbri, 2100 block of South Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn, was pronounced dead at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
He had been walking along Michigan with his girlfriend and sister following a wine-tasting event around 7:35 p.m. Saturday. He got into an argument with another man at the northeast corner of Michigan and Monroe, according to Chicago Police.
They eventually started fighting, and the other man pulled a gun and shot Fabbri in the head, police said.
The shooter took off on a bicycle, but was arrested nearby, according to police.
Early Monday afternoon, Paul Pagan, a gang member and twice-convicted gun offender, has been charged with murder, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
The 32-year-old Pagan is expected to appear in bond court on Tuesday.
“I feel unsafe now,” said Twion Stevens, 26, who was out for a walk downtown when he heard commotion and came upon the crime scene Saturday night.
“It makes me worry about my daughter—she’s 4 years old and means the world to me. This is Millennium Park. Kids play here, people come here to enjoy themselves. This is sad,” he said.
Stevens, a minister, said he moved away from the South Side to get away from violence.
“Chicago needs to do better than what’s going on right now,” he said.
Frankie Cortez, 18, was near the park and said he “saw blood on the ground and police everywhere.”
He was visiting from Milwaukee for an event with his church called “Run for Hope.”
“This world is going crazy,” Cortez said. “Stuff is continuing to happen, and you need to bring hope to the city and hope to America.”
Jeff Olson, 34, said he was across the street from Millennium Park and saw people running.
“They kept screaming, ‘He’s unconscious!’ ” said Olson, a photographer visiting from Wisconsin. “I crossed the street and saw him down on the ground with two women who were frantic.
“This is a crazy occurrence to happen in this area by Millennium Park,” he said. “We are all in shock.”
Fabbri’s family has started a GoFundMe page to help offset funeral expenses.