A single dad and cook was fatally shot Tuesday night while taking a smoke break outside of the Bronzeville barbecue restaurant he worked in for more than 10 years.
The Chicago Tribune reports that a coworker of the victim, 34-year-old Joshua Hudgins, said "a little gangbanger" had been walking past the restaurant near Hudgins at the time of the shooting outside Alice's Bar-B-Que, 65 E. 43rd Street. Police believe the shooter, who drove past in a gray-colored vehicle, had been aiming at this other individual but hit and killed Hudgins instead.
Hudgins had worked as a cook at the restaurant for over ten years, according to FOX Chicago. He was reportedly still wearing his apron when he was shot and numerous other people in the area "took off running" after the fatal blow was fired, according to police.
Hudgins' father and several of his siblings also worked at the restaurant, according to the Tribune. He was a single father to two children, an 8-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy.
Detectives are now looking for video footage from area businesses, including Alice's, with the hopes of identifying the shooter.