A 22-year-old man died after someone walked into the Walgreens on Chicago Avenue near Franklin Street in the River North neighborhood and opened fire about 10 p.m. Friday, according to police.
The victim, who was shot in the head and body, was a security guard at the store, police said. He was identified this afternoon as Troy Cameron, 22, of the 500 block of North Avers Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. He died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said the shooter, believed to be a former store employee, fled on foot.
Dante Simmons, who lived in the 1600 block of Juneway Terrace in Rogers Park, was considered a suspect in the slaying, and Simmons was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot in an Evanston alley this morning, Chicago and Evanston police said. Evanston police said Simmons was also considered a suspect in another killing Friday in Rogers Park, but Chicago Police said his role in the second homicide "has not been determined or verified at this time."
It's unclear if the victim was a Walgreens employee or employed by a security firm.
A spokesman for Walgreens declined to comment on the employment status of the man or the man police were seeking, but said Walgreens would provide counseling for employees at their request.
"We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with our employees' family," said Robert Elfinger, spokesman for Walgreens. "We are providing information to the police and doing all we can to assist them."
On Saturday, Elfinger again declined to comment on the employment status of either the suspect or the victim.
Police found the body on the ground outside the Walgreens next to a garbage can.
Following the shooting, a No. 66 Chicago Avenue bus sat parked in the westbound lanes of Chicago Avenue because a bullet struck its side, according to a CTA employee.
Chicago Police took photos of the bus as they worked at the crime scene. By about 5 a.m., the bus was moved and the tape removed from most of the area.
Police blocked traffic on Chicago Avenue both directions between Orleans Street on the west and Franklin Street on the east.
On Saturday night, an over-size teddy bear holding a handmade poster and a bouquet of red flowers leaned against a tree near the entrance to the Walgreens, the blue posterboard bearing a message to “Troy” from “KeKe G’s” scrawled in ballpoint pen.
"Troy, ohhhh, I’m going to miss you like crazy," the sign read. "You kept a smile on my face with your jokes. You will be truly missed, big dawg."
Three young boys, ages 8, 10, 12, stood beside the small memorial, and said the security guard lived in their neighborhood not far from the Walgreens, and had worked there for more than a year. Over the summer, they walked to the store to buy water balloons, only to find they didn’t have enough money. The security guard bought them the balloons and sent them on their way, they said.
The store was reopened and business was brisk. The manager, who said he and some other staff usually worked another location, referred reporters to Walgreens corporate officials.