Subur­ban­ite charged with killing man who tried to stop him from loot­ing W. Side store

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MITCHELL AR­MEN­TROUT, STAFF RE­PORTER mar­men­trout@sun­times.com | @mitchtrout

A north sub­ur­ban man al­legedly shot three peo­ple who tried to stop him from loot­ing a West Side liquor store as civil un­rest un­folded across the city in the wake of protests against the Min­neapo­lis po­lice killing of Ge­orge Floyd.

The al­leged May 31 at­tack left 27-yearold Tom­mie Gate­wood dead. Now, North Chicago res­i­dent Andrew Sneed, 36, faces charges of first­de­gree mur­der and ag­gra­vated bat­tery with a firearm, Chicago po­lice an­nounced Thurs­day.

Gate­wood and sev­eral other peo­ple in the Austin neigh­bor­hood saw Sneed about 6:30 p.m. siz­ing up the store in the 5100 block of West Madi­son, Chicago Po­lice Chief of De­tec­tives Bren­dan Deeni­han said at a news con­fer­ence. Hun­dreds of other busi­nesses across the Chicago area were smashed and plun­dered that day.

“Sev­eral com­mu­nity mem­bers con­fronted [Sneed], and they ba­si­cally told him to leave the store alone and just kind of go away, just leave the store alone, be­cause the com­mu­nity mem­bers knew what this guy was try­ing to do,” Deeni­han said.

Sneed couldn’t fig­ure out a way into the “but­toned up” store any­way, so he left, Deeni­han said.

Soon af­ter, a fire was set in a sec­ond-floor unit above the shop. Fire­fight­ers came, forced their way into the liquor store on the first floor to ex­tin­guish it, and then left, leav­ing the store vul­ner­a­ble to Sneed, who was al­legedly back within two hours to loot it, Deeni­han said. Sneed al­legedly saw Gate­wood and the oth­ers who had tried to thwart his loot­ing ear­lier, and he al­legedly walked across the street and shot three of them, Deeni­han said.

Gate­wood, a Fifth City res­i­dent, died at Stroger Hos­pi­tal, author­i­ties said. An 18-year-old woman shot three times in the leg and a 21-year-old man shot in the foot were each hos­pi­tal­ized in fair con­di­tion. Deeni­han called them “good com­mu­nity mem­bers who were try­ing to do the right thing.”

Sur­veil­lance video and eye­wit­nesses led in­ves­ti­ga­tors to Sneed, who was ar­rested Wed­nes­day morn­ing in North Chicago by the Great Lakes Re­gional Fugi­tive Task Force. He’s due in bond court Fri­day.

Sneed is not charged with the ar­son. Author­i­ties are seek­ing tips from the pub­lic on dozens of ar­sons that oc­curred dur­ing that week of un­rest.

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The 5100 block of West Madi­son in Chicago’s Austin neigh­bor­hood.

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