A masked gunman shot to death a 17-year-old and wounded three others in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Rogers Park on Wednesday afternoon.
A short time after dozens of witnesses reported hearing at least six gunshots, the teen lay dead, a sheet covering his body as his mother moaned in grief outside yellow police tape in the 6700 block of North Clark.
Markeyo Carr, of the 6500 block of North Ashland, was dead at the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
The victims had been in a verbal altercation with another group of people shortly before the masked gunman approached around 3:40 p.m., said Chicago Police Officer Veejay Zala, citing preliminary information. Then the shooter ran off, Zala said.
A girl, who police said was about 15, was shot several times, and an 18-year-old man, who was shot in the lower back, were taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston. Another 18-year-old man, who was shot in the arm, was treated at Weiss Memorial Hospital.
“Two of the male victims have documented gang affiliations,” Zala said.
Juanita Carr-Clay said her nephew, Markeyo, loved to rap.
“He made little videos at home on his own,” she said. “He was very talented. He rapped about everyday life, reality.”
She said Markeyo, who attended a nearby high school, had just come from his mother’s house around the corner. “She’d given him a few dollars to get something to eat.”
Faye McCoy, a retired nurse, was in a storefront across the street when she heard the gunshots. The gunfire ceased, and while rushing to see if she could help, McCoy walked right past the masked gunman. “I didn’t see his face,” she said.
McCoy, who has lived in the area for more than 13 years, broke down when she saw the slain teen with a bullet wound in the side of his head. “I recognized his face,” said McCoy, who knew Markeyo from working with local youth groups to prevent violence.
“There was no help for him, he was shot in the temple it looked like, he took his last breath with me standing there . . . Blood was everywhere.”
McCoy said she didn’t think Markeyo was in a gang, and she lamented the needless death.
“I have great-grandkids, and it would hurt my heart to see one of them laying out here like that.”
Contributing: Jordan Owen