CHICAGO, IL – A fatal incident unfolded in the early hours of Friday in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Jack Jacobsen, a 28-year-old tow truck driver, was fatally shot multiple times in his torso while on duty. The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on the 3000 block of West 5th Avenue, according to the Chicago police and Jacobsen’s mother, Ericha Hosick.
Jacobsen was on a call with a close friend during his overnight shift when the shooting happened. His friend reportedly heard the gunshots over the phone. Responding officers found Jacobsen in his truck, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was found nearby, but it remains unclear who it belonged to. The police are treating the case as a homicide, but no arrests have been made yet.
Jacobsen, who was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first child with his fiancée in February, was described by his mother as a “fun-loving guy” who made friends wherever he went. He was known for his ability to lighten the mood and was excited about becoming a father.
Born and raised in Elgin and Hampshire, Jacobsen had a passion for cars and motorcycles. After he graduated from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for about a year and a half. He was the eldest of three siblings and had a wide circle of friends who were like family to him.
His mother expressed her grief, stating that many lives were affected by the loss of her son. She lamented the fact that her granddaughter will never get to know her father. A GoFundMe campaign set up to cover funeral and other expenses had raised over $55,000 by Saturday afternoon.