Three shot in Glenwood
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org August 27, 2012 12:06PM
Briana Jones' son is comforted while she talks at left about the shooting that happened in the apartment of the boy's father and grandmother at 557 Carroll Parkway Monday, August 27, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 29, 2012 6:08AM
A 21-year-old Glenwood man managed to protect his 2-year-old son Monday morning after four men broke into his apartment and shot him in his bed where he was sleeping with the boy, according to the child’s mother and grandmother.
While Jeffrey Dawkins was recuperating at Ingalls Hospital in Harvey from a gunshot wound in his side, Illinois State Police joined Glenwood police in searching for weapons, scouring the neighborhood and the apartment he shared with his mother, Lorna Barrios.
Two of the four men who broke into the building also were taken to Ingalls Hospital with gunshot wounds, none of which was believed to be life-threatening, Glenwood Police Chief Demitrous Cook said. All four men were from Chicago, he said.
One, who was shot in the leg, was treated and released and was being held with two other suspects at the Glenwood police station, Cook said.
Police were called to the incident in the 500 block of Carroll Parkway in Glenwood about 10:30 a.m., police said.
After Dawkins was shot, neighbors gave police a description of the vehicle that fled the scene with the four men inside — a silver van — which police stopped moments later in the 17600 block of Halsted Street in Homewood.
It was not clear how the two suspects were shot.
“We do not know who shot who; we don’t even know if they know each other,” Cook said.
No weapon was found in the suspects’ vehicle, he said.
Dawkins did not want to talk to police, Cook said.
Barrios, who lives with Dawkins, said someone tried to kick in the back door of their apartment building at about 10 p.m. Sunday. A police report was filed and the door was repaired. She believes the same people may have returned Monday morning, kicked in the door again and fired the shots.
Barrios was at work Monday when another son called and told her about the shooting. She had to take a cab back home from the Loop.
She said her apartment was “riddled with bullets.”
One bullet passed through her son’s side and did not hit any organs, she said.
“We have no clue why anybody would do this. My son has no clue,” said Barrios, who said they had been living in the unit for four years. “Nothing like this has ever happened. This was not gang-related. I know that’s what it looks like, but I know my son and he was not in a gang.
“I know all parents say that. Maybe he had friends who were,” Barrios said, adding that her son — a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School — has never been in trouble.
Barrios said Dawkins was sleeping with his 2-year-old son when the men broke in. The toddler’s mother, Briana Jones, said the boy had been visiting his father and grandmother for the weekend and stayed an extra day.
“I don’t know what happened. I don’t know who, I don’t know why,” she said.
Jones said the boy went with Dawkins to the hospital but was not harmed.
“They knowingly tried to kill my son’s father, but they didn’t know his son was with him,” she said. “Thank God his dad was able to protect him.” Daron Johnson, who lives upstairs from Barrios, was not home at the time and said he heard about the shooting on the news and that he knows Dawkins.
“He’s a good dude. He didn’t do anything to anybody. They’re good people,” Johnson said.
It is typically a quiet neighborhood, with senior citizens and well-maintained lawns, but it “has gotten bad as of late. People have been breaking into cars,” he said.
Contributing: Brett Roseman