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Police seek suspect who fatally shot 60-year-old Marine veteran

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Police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect who shot and killed a 60-year-old U.S. Marine Corps veteran during an attempted robbery early Saturday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side.

Robert Sharpe was walking on the sidewalk at 4:55 a.m. in the 400 block of North Kedzie to go to dialysis treatment for diabetes when an armed male confronted him and demanded his money, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Sharpe refused to give up his wallet, and the suspect shot him in the left shoulder before running away, authorities said.

“He was a nice guy, the whole family was nice,” said Dorothy Cain, a 76-year-old neighbor of Sharpe. “It’s sad to think that this is a person I know, and I feel sorry for the family because he got killed for nothing.”

Sharpe, of the West Garfield Park neighborhood, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:43 a.m., authorities said. He was a Marine veteran who received an honorable discharge in 1990.

The suspect was described as a black male between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot with a medium complexion, police said. He was wearing a white half mask with red on it, and was armed with a chrome-plated revolver. Anyone with information is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8261.