Man dies in Brainerd shooting: ‘No mother wants to bury her child’

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People cry outside Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, after a 36-year-old man was killed in a shooting that also left another man wounded in the 9100 block of South Aberdeen, Friday night, May 25, 2018. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

One man was killed and another was wounded Friday night in a Brainerd neighborhood shooting on the South Side.

A man walked up to two other men who were standing by a car and asked for a cigarette before opening fire about 11:30 p.m. in the 9100 block of South Aberdeen, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Michael Bell, 36, was shot in the chest and taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where he was pronounced dead at 11:54 p.m., according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The other man, 46, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Officers in a nearby police car that was patrolling the area heard the shots and responded to find the wounded men, Guglielmi said. The gunman had run off. Police are searching for a person of interest in the case.

A relative of one of the people living in a home on the block, who did not want to be named, told the Chicago Sun-Times that a bullet went through her sister’s window.

About half a dozen people could be seen crying outside the hospital early Saturday.

One woman screamed, “Don’t no mother want to bury her child … He was my only son. They killed my child.”

Area South detectives were investigating the homicide.

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