Anti-violence activist killed in Chicago
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.