By Adam Sege and Deanese Williams-Harris
10:01 AM EDT, April 30, 2013
One minute Luis Galvin was opening the door to his Hyde Park apartment, the next he was lying on the floor holding his dying friend.
"I was down on the ground, I was just waiting for the rest of the shots to come," Galvin told reporters outside his red brick apartment building in the 5200 block of South Harper Avenue. "I guess he got nervous, I don't know ... He just ran.
"I basically seen my life before my eyes, know what I'm saying?"
The gunman got off just one shot, Galvin said, striking him in the hand and his friend Henry Atkins in the chest. "One shot was able to go through me and then hit Henry," he said. "One shot."
Atkins, 39, died at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He lived in the 1400 block of East 52nd Street, about three blocks from the shooting.
Galvin, 22, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and treated for a hand wound, authorities said.
Police said they were searching for the gunman and could not say why he opened fire.
Galvin said he was in the apartment with his pregnant girlfriend when he heard a commotion shortly after midnight.
"I open the door and I see Henry," Galvin said, still wearing a white T-shirt and white shorts spattered with blood. "I help him get in my house ... Before I know it, I see him (the gunman) reach out and start shooting.
"I got shot as I grabbed him to pull him in," Galvin said. "The bullet went through my hand and then kinda pierced his ribcage ... We both just fell. I was basically waiting for the guy to run in the house and finish the job. And I just got up and slammed the door.
"When he passed away, he was in my arms," Galvin said of his friend.
Neighbors say they worry about crime on the block.
"It's just senseless violence," said a neighbor as he stood on the northwest corner of Harper and East 52nd Street and stared at the four-story building.
The man, who declined to give his name, saying he feared for his safety, said he often feels unsafe returning home at night and is wary walking between his building's front door and his apartment.
The man said he may not renew his lease because of the shooting. "It's just too close to home," he said.
The neighborhood is just to the south of Kenwood, where President Barack Obama has his Chicago home. In the last month, the Hyde Park neighborhood has seen slightly more violent crime than Obama's neighborhood.
Last week, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead about four blocks from Obama's home, in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood just to the west, which saw more violent crime than both Hyde Park and Kenwood within the last month.
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Four people were wounded in other shootings across the city overnight.
• A 28-year-old man was injured by gunfire in the Gresham neighborhood around 12:35 a.m., police said. Someone in a dark-colored SUV opened fire as the man stood on the sidewalk in the 700 block of West 81st Street, police said.
The man was struck in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
• Earlier, about 10:10 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the foot in the 1600 block of West Jonquil Terrace in the Rogers Park neighborhood, police said. The man was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was treated and released. Police did not immediately have details of the shooting.
• About 9:25 p.m., a gunman stepped from an alley in the 5200 block of South Hermitage Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and shot a 28-year-old man in the shoulder, police said. The man was taken to Stroger hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
• A 44-year-old man was shot in the leg during a robbery in the Fernwood neighborhood around 8 a.m., police said. The shooting occurred in the 10600 block of South Normal Avenue, News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursiti said, citing preliminary information. The man was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
No suspects were in custody in any of the shootings.
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