Man accused of a first murder attempt after a barber shootout in East Garfield Park – NBC Chicago

Chicago authorities confirmed Sunday that a suspect was charged in connection with a shooting in early January that injured five people in a barber shop in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Police said 29-year-old Walter Jackson of East Chicago was charged with four first-degree murder attempts for a shootout at Gotcha Faded’s barber, 234 N. Pulaski Rd., On January 16.

Chicago police initially reported that two gunmen fired firearms from the outside and around 30 people, including a child, were inside.

Lorenzo Matthews, 11 years old, and his brother Michael Smith, 12 years old, were among those shot, who were quickly transported to Stroger hospital, officials said.

Matthews was recovering from gunshot wounds to his back, abdomen and arm and underwent at least two surgeries, authorities said.

Three other people in the barbershop were also shot.

The boys’ mother, Cierra Mobley, said she was waiting for her son to call when they were ready to be picked up, but instead received a phone call saying they had been shot.

“I was actually speechless, because this was the first time my kids went to this barber shop, and I hurt myself because of the fact that my kids were injured,” said Mobley.