Department Employee Killed
- A 25-year employee of the Chicago Police Department shot to death outside his Morgan Park home while unloading groceries with his wife Wednesday night was an innocent victim who played guitar in his church's gospel choir, police said Thursday.
"Outside of his professional life, people didn't know that he actually played guitar at his church, so I knew that side," First Deputy Superintendent Al Wysinger said. "Always just a giving man. And you should be able to ... be able to take groceries out of your trunk in front of your home without worrying about getting shot."
John Buckner, 59, who was known as "Buck" to family and friends, handled police gear and did administrative work. He was described by police as an innocent victim of a conflict between gangs who earlier in the night had fought in a neighborhood park.
Three teens on bicycles rode to the 11500 block of South Church Street and started shooting after the fight, police said, hitting no intended targets but killing Buckner and a wounding a 41-year-old man. "Multiple weapons" were involved in the shooting, police said.
What a f#$%-ed up world this is.