James and Darlee Scott were inside their Gresham home on Saturday afternoon when the gunfire broke out, up to 20 gunshots and then, soon, the sirens of several ambulances.
The brother and sister came out to watch with their neighbors as paramedics worked on one of five people injured in the shooting that happened around 3:20 p.m. in an alley in the 8600 block of South Damen Avenue.
All five were in the alley when at least one man began shooting from a car that drove up and then took off, Chicago police said.
One of the victims, a 23-year-old man, later died, police said. He was identified as Tishawn Holliday by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
“They were trying to save him, but he was already in a body bag,” Darlee Scott said of the person she saw being treated by paramedics.
A 30-year-old man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, the fire department spokesman said. A 24-year-old man was transported to the same hospital in good condition. Another 29-year-old man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in fair to serious condition, the spokesperson said.
James Scott, 76, a retiree and military veteran who has served two tours in Vietnam, said he was tired of hearing gunshots in his neighborhood.
“I don’t want to hear any more gunshots,” Scott said. “I had enough.”