By Kim Geiger and Jonathan Bullington
3:50 PM CST, March 3, 2014
The owner of a Gold Coast framing company had collected $3,400 in rent moments before he was gunned down at the Southwest Side factory complex where he worked for 30 years, a witness has told police.
Herbert Goode, 66, was shot several times around 2 p.m. Saturday in the 2300 block of West 57th Street, police said. He had just been paid the rent money in cash, police said.
Shortly afterward, the renter "heard a gunshot and observed the victim laying on the ground and a silver car fleeing the scene," according to a police report.
Two people who said they saw the shooting -- but didn’t want to be identified -- said they pulled up to a mechanic's shop near where the shooting occurred and saw a car go speeding away. As they approached the shop, they saw several people run out toward the red van. Goode was lying on the ground with blood on his shirt, they said.
Goode was pronounced dead a short time later at Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.
No cash or wallet was found on Goode's body, and police said the shooting was an apparent robbery.
Goode's son, Alex Goode, said his father was easy to spot because he drove a "very distinctive red Volkswagen Vanagon."
"That was our shop truck," Goode said. "That was his trusty steed."
Described by his son as a jack-of-all-trades and animal lover, Herbert Goode was the owner of Silver Cloud Galleries, a custom framing company with a storefront at 20 W. Ohio St.
He was a donor and volunteer to animal welfare organizations and had been active in local school boards and the Boy Scouts of America, his 26-year-old son said in a phone interview Sunday.
"He touched a lot of lives," Goode, 26, said of his slain father. "It’s a blow to the community."
Herbert Goode grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and traveled all over the country before settling in Chicago, his son said. He was a cabbie in New York "for a minute," and was an art dealer for a number of years, his son said.
"He was kind of one of those Swiss Army knives, where he knew something about everything," Alex Goode said.
Animals were a passion, and he was known to bring home strays. Most recently, he adopted an abandoned kitten that he had found at his factory.
"He was always that guy," his son said. "He'd call and my mom would be like, 'Oh God, how many legs does it have?' "
Goode is also survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Karen Goode.
A "nontraditionalist" and avid motorcycle rider, Goode left clear instructions regarding his remains, his son said. He wanted his ashes spread at the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery and in South Dakota's Bear Butte State Park, where the family would take motorcycle trips every year.
Tribune reporter Jeremy Gorner contributed.
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