Police charge man with murder over gangland killing of elderly man

Police say victim had called police and asked to be driven home, but was fatally shot outside his apartment building

A 35-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 71-year-old man at a public housing complex in the Chinatown neighbourhood of Chicago.

Police said that Yujun Deng confessed to the Sunday night killing of Augustine James in a block of apartment buildings just blocks from Chinatown’s Old Fitzroy pub.

Friends say James had called police and asked to be driven home, but was fatally shot outside his apartment building as he was getting into a van.

“By the time officers arrived, it was very apparent that this person had been shot several times,” said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

“There were many law enforcement agencies involved at the scene, and this is a horrendous crime,” Guglielmi said.

The shooting led to an investigation involving the FBI and state police, which will determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

The killing came amid a recent spate of violence that included a shooting at a football game in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood in the north of the city on Sunday. Police say two teenage boys stole a gun from the security officer and fired on players at the Nike Elite Youth Football League game. An eight-year-old boy and a 37-year-old man were killed.

The Chicago Tribune said the robbery was organized and led to the gunfire. The shootings left at least 10 people wounded.

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