Man Crashes Car into Garage, Dies After Shooting

Dionta West, a 38-year-old father of three, was on his way to work when he was shot

By Junae Bennett
|  Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 6:24 PM CDT
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Police on Friday were looking for the gunman who shot a custodian who was on his way to work. Kim Vatis reports.

Police on Friday were looking for the gunman who shot a custodian who was on his way to work. Kim Vatis reports.

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A school custodian crashed his car into a West Pullman garage Friday morning after being shot in the chest.

Dionta West, a 38-year-old father of three, lost control of the car and crashed into the car and garage belonging to his neighbor, Daniel Wilburn.

"I heard everything. I jumped up and called him asked if he was OK and he said no been shot twice, that's when he was fading out,” West’s fiancée, Shanda Barnes said.

West died from his injuries.

A Chicago police spokesperson said the gunman was standing on a corner near the 600 block of West 117th Street. Officers said they found 13 shell casings surrounding outside the victim's home.

Barnes said West didn’t have any ties to gangs and wondered if her fiancé died during a carjacking. Another man was shot in his car and crashed in the same location just two days ago.

Additionally, a similar incident occurred at Wilburn’s home a few years ago when a man was shot and backed into his fence.

"It shook me up. I’m already shook up at 86 years old, you can’t hardly handle it. I don’t know what to think, its rough out here," he said

There have been 10 shootings since April 10 in West Pullman.

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