Chicago Blues Guitarist Fatally Shot in City's South Side

Friday, Dec 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:31 AM CDT
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Deacon Shot to Death on Chicago's South Side

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Deacon Shot to Death on Chicago's South Side

Willie Cooper, 74, was shot and killed early Thursday morning while waiting in his car to pick up a friend. Marion Brooks reports.
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A Chicago blues guitarist about to record a on major record label was shot and killed Thursday morning.

Chicago police said officers found the 41-year-old musician shot multiple times around 5:20 a.m. behind the wheel of a vehicle in the 6700 block of South East End Avenue.

The man was identified as Eric "Guitar" Davis. Davis played with a group called the Troublemakers and was a prominent performer in Chicago's blues scene.

According to the musician's website, he could be found playing shows across the city and was about to record with Delmark Records.

Davis was the son of renowned drummer Bobby "Top Hat" Davis.

Police say detectives are investigating robbery as a possible motive in the shooting. No one was in custody as of Friday morning.

Davis was shot just three blocks north of where an elderly deacon was killed 30 minutes earlier.

Willie Cooper, 74, was found in a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds just before 5 a.m. in the 7000 block of South East End Avenue in the city’s South Shore neighborhood, police said.

Police said they were investigating the shootings separately and have not determined if they are related.

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