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Moments before he was shot dead, man told girlfriend over phone that he was being followed

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 4/20/2018 Madeline Buckley, Tony Briscoe

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A man told his girlfriend on the phone that he was being followed by a black Dodge Charger shortly before he was shot to death Thursday evening on a dark, dead-end street on the Far South Side, according to police and a family member.

The man, identified by family members and the medical examiner as Jerome Fouch, was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m. on scene in the 9200 block of South Dauphin Avenue, the block where he lived, in the Burnside neighborhood.

Fouch was shot multiple times as he exited his car around 9:35 p.m., police said.

A cousin, who did not want to give her name, said Fouch had a son, and worked as a forklift driver.

About a dozen family members gathered outside the crime scene late Thursday and early Friday morning.

A woman was bent over crying on the sidewalk as a family member hugged her from behind.

A few yards away, the man's mother was shielded from view inside a car as she screamed, "Why, why why."

The residential street was bound by train tracks and a brushy park lined with tall reeds.

Metra trains zipped across the tracks above the crime scene, briefly illuminating the dark street.

The man was among six people who were shot in Chicago Thursday and early Friday, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

The boy was riding his bike around 10:35 p.m. Thursday in the 6800 block of South Wood Street when two male shooters came out of a gangway and began firing, police said.

He was hit in the leg, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was stabilized.

In other shootings:

  • Two men were shot around 12:30 a.m. Friday in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. The men, 22 and 28, were sitting in a vehicle in the 4700 block of South Rockwell Street when someone fired at them from the street. The older man was grazed in the head and was stabilized at Stroger Hospital. The younger man was shot in the leg and refused treatment on scene.
  • A 37-year-old man was shot twice in the back during an attempted robbery around 12:15 a.m. in the Northwest Side's Albany Park neighborhood, police said. The man was walking down the street in the 3400 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue when he was approached by two males who tried to rob him, police said. When the man refused to hand over items, one of the robbers took out a handgun and fired shots. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.
  • Around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, a man was shot on the city's Far South Side moments after he witnessed two people arguing Thursday evening, according to police. The man, whose age wasn't immediately available, suffered a graze wound to the foot in the 10600 block of South Bensley Avenue in the Trumbell Park neighborhood, police said. He drove himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was listed in good condition. The man told police he saw two people near him arguing, and when he looked away, gunshots were fired in his direction.

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