Anti-vi­o­lence ac­tivist killed in Chicago

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CHICAGO — A Chicago com­mu­nity ac­tivist who worked to fight vi­o­lence was fa­tally shot less than a block from the of­fices of his non­profit, ac­cord­ing to po­lice and the man’s rel­a­tives.

William Cooper, 58, was shot Satur­day af­ter­noon near the of­fices of Li­ly­dale Out­reach Work­ers for a Bet­ter Com­mu­nity on Chicago’s South Side. Cooper was the prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer of the anti-vi­o­lence group, which pro­vides jobs to teenagers.

Po­lice said Cooper was walk­ing when some­one shot him from a dark-col­ored ve­hi­cle driv­ing by. About 20 shell cas­ings were scat­tered near his body, ac­cord­ing to his wife, Sherry Clark, with whom he had three chil­dren.

No one was in cus­tody as of Sunday af­ter­noon and in­ves­ti­ga­tors had yet to iden­tify any per­sons of in­ter­est, Chicago po­lice spokesman An­thony Guglielmi said. He said de­tec­tives are try­ing to de­ter­mine whether Cooper was tar­geted or the vic­tim of a ran­dom shoot­ing.

The Chicago Tri­bune re­ported that the in­ci­dent was among at least three fa­tal shoot­ings over 18 hours Satur­day and Sunday in Chicago.

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