MORGAN PARK — Police are asking the public for help identifying the people who killed a Chicago firefighter during a botched carjacking last week on the Southwest Side.
On Thursday, Dwain Williams, 65, was leaving Let’s Get Poppin’, a family-owned popcorn shop at 11758 S. Western Ave., and walking back to his car when he was attacked, police said.
Surveillance video shows Williams was nearly at his car when someone in a dark-colored sedan drove up and three people got out, one rushing at him. Two can be seen pointing guns.
Williams’ image is blurred, but he can be seen darting behind his car, then firing shots at the person closest to him. Williams and at least one of the men fired at each other until the attackers jump into their car and drove off.
Williams was hit in his stomach and died at Advocate Christ Medical Center less than an hour later, police said.
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Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said Monday police need community help to identify the people involved. He noted while the attackers’ faces were covered, someone could know who they are based on their clothing and shoes.
Police have found their car, which had been stolen, in south suburban Tinley Park, Deenihan said.
“We’re fairly certain that if you look at this video, there’s going to be people who recognize these individuals,” Deenihan said at a news conference.
Police ask for anyone with information about this shooting to contact cpdtip.com. They can also call Area 2 Detectives at 312-747-8271. People can remain anonymous.
Early Walker, the founder of community organization I’m Telling, Don’t Shoot, said the group has pledged $10,000 in reward money to help track down the people involved.
“Here is a man who gave his life to the city … and now his life has been taken,” Walker said. “If someone out here knows who these people are, do the right thing. We just want justice for this family.”
Community activist Andrew Holmes, who also has collected reward money alongside Rev. Mike Pfleger of St. Sabina Church, made an appeal to the families of the shooters.
“Take a close look at this video. If you know this is your loved one, call the detectives, give any of us a call,” Holmes said. “What if this were your father?”
Williams joined the Fire Department in 1992, said spokesman Larry Langford. His last assignment before retiring was at the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. He lived in Longwood Manor.
The fatal shooting comes amid a surge of carjackings that has plagued the city all year.
Carjackings have more than doubled throughout the city in 2020 compared to 2019. Some districts have recorded three to four times the number of carjackings this year, which has prompted the Police Department to redeploy a citywide task force to combat the issue.
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