In 2012, Chicago saw more than 500 murders as a city with some of the toughest gun control measures in the country and 2013 is already off to a horrible start. We’re only five days into the New Year and the Windy City has seen five murders. One horrific murder was of a business owner and family man who ran from his attackers. He was shot in the back and killed.
A revered Chicago muffler shop owner became the city’s fifth homicide of 2013, but not before calling his son to let him know he was shot, MyFoxChicago.com reported.
“They shot me in the back,” Michael Kozel, 57, the owner Independent Muffler Shop in the city’s Southwest Side, told his adult son. Those were his last words he said.
The son, who wished to remain anonymous, said he raced to his dad’s shop, only to find Kozel in the back of an ambulance. Kozel was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
Investigators say two men pretending to be customers walked into the shop Wednesday at about 5:25 p.m. The men attempted to rob Kozel and one of his employees. One of the robbers shot Kozel in the back, as he was trying to get to safety.
Kozel’s son said his father was a very generous person. He said if you didn’t have money to pay for the work on your car, he was the kind of person that would just work out some kind of deal for you, because he understood that’s how people were.
“My dad would fix the car and say, ‘I’ll see you in a month.’ What shop does that in Chicago these days?” his son said.