A landscaper working on the southwest side was shot and killed Friday afternoon in what police say was an armed robbery attempt.
Four people attacked the man as he was leveling soil at about 1:45 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Talman Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Phillip Armstrong.
The victim, in his early 20s, was confronted by four men wearing dark clothing and hoodies. One of the suspects shot the man, and they all fled the scene, police said.
His co-worker at Beverly-based Tanden Landscaping, believed to be his brother, tried to comfort him on the front lawn.
"It appears this occurred during the course of an armed robbery," said News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. It was not known what, if anything, was taken.
Residents in the area say that while the incident is tragic, it's also not surprising.
"The stuff in this neighborhood, it really has to stop. You know, we've got our children around here and it's not safe at all," said Nicole Sibley.
Police have not yet publicly identified the victim. Anyone with information about his attackers should call Wentworth Area detectives at 312-747-8380.