Police are crediting the cooperation of neighbors, as well as the keen ears and efforts of investigators, in leading to the arrest of a man wanted for the shooting of another man early Saturday in the West Englewood neighborhood.
About 2:50 a.m. Saturday, a woman exited her home in the 6300 block of South Wolcott Avenue and saw a man holding her 31-year-old boyfriend at gunpoint, a release from police News Affairs said.The woman pleaded with the man not to shoot her boyfriend. When the man holding her boyfriend at gunpoint removed the gun from his head, the victim started to run into the home, at which time the gunman opened fire, striking him multiple times in the back, police said. The offender then fled the area.
The victim was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition at that time. The victim is expected to survive, police said Sunday. The suspect, Christopher Boyd, 30, was positively identified following interviews of the victim’s girlfriend, according to police.
Later Saturday police received information from a concerned citizen that a person wanted for this shooting was hiding in a home in the 6300 block of South Wolcott. Police contacted residents of that building, who consented for police to enter the premises to search for the suspect, the release said. During the search, police could hear movement above them in the attic and observed paint chips falling from the ceiling.
Police entered the attic and saw Boyd lying down on the attic floor. He was told to exit the attic which he did, and was placed into custody as soon as he was out of the attic.
Police say it was through the combination of citizen cooperation and police work by the Englewood District Mission Team that investigators were able to apprehend a dangerous offender.
Boyd, of the 6400 block of South Wood Street, charged with one count of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm, the release said. He was expected to appear in court for a bond hearing Sunday.