Man Charged In Shootings After Attempted Carjacking
Roy Longs (Police photo)
Roy Longs, of the 5700 block of South Maplewood Avenue, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Roy White III, a schoolbus driver whose 19-year-old girlfriend also was injured in the attack, police said.
Longs previously was sentenced to three years in prison in a 2002 attempted carjacking and robbery, after he violated probation in that case by carrying a weapon in 2005, according to court records.
White died early Monday after being shot in the head while trying to flee an attempted carjacking in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. His girlfriend was shot in the arm.
They were riding in the 5700 block of South Artesian Avenue when a man police identified as Longs approached their car about 12:21 a.m. Monday, demanded the car and opened fire. When the two sped away, they were shot at again. White was declared dead just before 1 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The 1975 Chevrolet Malibu which White was driving was more than a means of transportation. It was a graduation gift from his dad, marking his 2006 commencement from Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields.
"They were going to a friend's house," Roy White Jr. said Monday from his Country Club Hills home. "They stopped at a stop sign about a half a block away. This guy jumped out of another car and started shooting."
"He was no 'hangin'-out' person," his father said of his son, the eldest of six children. "He was quiet."
White III was a driver for Positive Connections school bus company, planning to work for the CTA or on the railroad like his father. "He helped me out a lot," his father said. "He was trying to do something with his life."
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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