Chicago gun violence has tragically claimed the life of a church deacon as he sat down to have ice cream and watch television with his 5-year-old grandson.
Errant Gunfire between two rival gangs blasted through the house killing 77-year-old deacon Odell Branch Sr, on Monday. His 5-year-old great-grandson was listed in stable condition after a bullet grazed his arm.
Irene Branch, the heartbroken wife of the minister, expressed her heartbreak when speaking to reporters. “They took my husband’s life, Oh my God, They took my soul and I can’t help but be angry.”
In addition, a mother and her 2-year-old child standing outside the house were injured in the shooting.
According to Chicago Tribune, the child is in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the shoulder, the mother listed in stable condition.
Irene Branch said she just returned grocery shopping around 6:30pm when shots rang out. Bullets blasted through the front door of the home.
Family members went diving for safety; tragically the church abiding man never got up. “He didn’t move, I touched him and saw blood, I called the paramedics. but when I felt him — I knew he died right there on that floor,” said the victim’s wife.
Police apprehended several people after the shooting but have yet to charge anyone with the death of Branch.
Detectives indicated gunfire exchange took place between two gang rivals and are investigating whether Branch’s grandson was with one of the groups involved.