Two people were shot dead on a “nice, quiet block” in West Woodlawn Monday afternoon, authorities and neighbors said.
Officers who responded to the 6300 block of South St. Lawrence about 2:50 p.m. found one person with a gunshot wound to the head, out in front of a residence. Police went around to a rear gangway and found another man unresponsive with gunshot wounds to the back and arm, authorities said.
Both of the men were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Earlier that same day, John Moore was talking to his neighbor about how quiet and peaceful it is on their block. Seven hours later, there would be a double homicide near East 64th Street and South St. Lawrence Avenue.
“I guess I talked too soon,” said Moore, who has lived on the street for 45 years.
His neighbor Theresa, who was afraid to provide her last name, nodded her head in agreement. She had been in her kitchen when she heard about a dozen shots. The retired teacher, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, said it sounded, to her, like rounds from two different caliber guns.
Another neighbor, who lives a few houses down, thought the kids down the street were playing with fireworks.
“That sounds like gunfire,” Ray Hope said to himself at the time.
He poked his head outside and saw several kids playing – but he didn’t see the aftermath of the shooting about 100 yards away from those carefree kids who were playing in the street and in his home.
As a father of two, he said he’s shaken because the block is full of older folks and families.
“I knew it’s not the greatest neighborhood, but I thought this was a nice, quiet block,” the 44-year-old-said.
For now, he said he plans on keeping his kids inside at least until the neighborhood quiets down.
Closer to the shooting scene, about a dozen officers blocked off the street. Yellow crime scene tape was tied to black metal gates.
A little girl in a light blue dress peered from…