A Chicago Park District employee whose son was killed Saturday afternoon in Kenwood said he had no idea why his son, an athlete who planned to attend college in the fall, was shot.
“I’m at a loss,’’ Tony McCoy said Saturday evening, several hours after his son, Tony, 20, was gunned down at 1:15 p.m. near his apartment in the 1100 block of 47th Street.
Police said the block where he was killed has been fraught with gang conflicts for the last three or four months, and they warned there could be retaliation after Saturday’s attack.
But McCoy said the incident “wasn’t gang-related,’’ and he said his son was not in a gang.
His son planned to attend Parkland College, a community college in Champaign that many students attend in hopes of transferring to the University of Illinois, McCoy said.
When the victim’s mother arrived Saturday afternoon at the scene where her son died, she approached his body, which was a few feet away on the other side of a wrought- iron fence in a driveway off 47th.
She knelt down on the ground and wept. Police initially asked her to leave, but when they learned she was the victim’s mother, they left her alone.
McCoy arrived and approached his son’s body — but he collapsed in the street. He was treated by paramedics in an ambulance at the scene.
Joyce Andrews, who was leaving a nearby church with her daughter, saw the body and knelt in prayer on a curb between two police cars several feet from the body.
She said she was praying for “Tony, his family, community, the police and the shooter.’’
She said she had told her daughter earlier, “If I see another shooting, I’ll leave town.’’
As she left the scene, she pledged to leave the city by next year.
Other witnesses said there was another shooting in the same area two days ago.
No one was in custody in connection with the shooting late Saturday.
JOHN H. WHITE AND DAVE NEWBART Staff Reporters July 16, 2011 6:52PMCHICAGO