DeShawn Johnson, shot to death in Uptown, ‘cared for the people that were around him’

DeShawn Johnson was fatally shot in the Uptown neighborhood Monday evening, just a block from a previous fatal shooting in a Starbucks earlier this month.

DeShawn Johnson | Facebook

DeShawn Johnson | Facebook

At 6:03 p.m., Johnson was in the 1200 block of West Leland when someone approached and fired shots, police said.

The 18-year-old Johnson was struck in the chest and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m., Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Johnson “loved to chill with his homies and laugh and have a good time,” his friend, Roland Watkins, said.

He was a character. He was very funny and cared for the people that were around him,” Watkins said.

Johnson attended Senn High School of the Edgewater neighborhood, Watkins said.

Johnson’s shooter was described as a boy between 15 and 17 years old, police said.

The shooting took place within a block of a homicide earlier this month inside a Starbucks, in which 28-year-old Sauvignon Watkins was fatally shot and a 12-year-old boy and a 24-year-old man were injured.

Johnson’s home address wasn’t immediately known.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

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