By Adam Sege
9:02 AM CDT, August 6, 2013
Two brothers were shot to death in the Far South Side's West Pullman neighborhood early this morning, police said.
The shootings happened about 3:40 a.m. in the 100 block of East 120th Street, police said. The brothers, 35 and 38, were in the front seats of a 2010 Dodge Charger when shots were fired, striking one of them in the chin and the other in the face, News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.
The older brother was identified as LeAndre Cooper and the younger brother was identified as Demetrius Cooper, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. The two lived in the family's home on the 12000 block of South Michigan Avenue, according to records.As daylight broke over the crime scene, neighbors and family members walked up to yellow police tape strung across 120th Street for a closer look.
At one point, someone who appeared to be in his late teens walked briskly to the tape, lifting it up and walking down the street toward the scene. Several people with him convinced him to turn around, explaining to the police officers who approached that he was one of the men's sons.
Dressed in a white T-shirt, the son then lay on a front lawn two houses south on Michigan Avenue. As friends surrounded and tried to console him, he broke down.
"I can't believe this," he sobbed.
From across the street, neighbor Rico Lee, 39, watched the scene and worried that the killings would bring a wave of retaliatory violence to the area.
"From now on, we'd better be locked in our house because it's going to be war out here," he said.
Both men were pronounced dead on the scene at 5:15 a.m., a representative for the medical examiner said.
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