An unidentified man said to be in his 20s was shot to death on Division Street near Cuyler Avenue just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. One witness reportedly said the man was still breathing immediately after police arrived, but stopped within a minute.

Village of Oak Park spokesman Dave Powers said that police responded to six 911 calls reporting multiple gun shots around 2:45 a.m. When police arrived they found an African American male who looked to be in his 20s lying in Division Street. He had been shot in the head.

Paramedics attempted to treat the man, but he was unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say they have a tentative identification of the man, but are waiting for confirmation and to notify next of kin. Based on the preliminary identification, police do not believe the man was an Oak Park resident.

Neighbors say police arrived very quickly after the incident, in one case before one couple could call 911. Police closed off traffic on Ridgeland Avenue just west of the scene, and two blocks on Division between Ridgeland and Harvey, as well as 200 feet of the 800 block of North Cuyler. Flood lights were brought in to aid the search for any evidence.

Joyce Philippi, who lives several doors down from the scene, said she and her husband were awake at the time, and heard “four or five” gun shots.”

“I said to my husband, that doesn’t sound like fireworks,” said Philippi, who said police were already on scene when her husband stepped outside to see what had happened.

Neither Philippi nor her neighbor, Kris Gallagher, heard a car leave, but Gallagher said she was awakened by loud voices.

“It was very brief, one, possibly two sentences,” said Gallagher. Then a “loud sound.”

“There was no squealing of tires,” she said.

Watch for additional updates later today.

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