Zack Stoner, the 30-year-old founder of ZackTV1, one of the most popular YouTube channels chronicling black cultural life in Chicago, was shot and killed while driving in the city's South Loop neighborhood on Wednesday morning (May 30). According to WGN TV, the shooting took place around 1:30 a.m. when Stoner (frequently referred to as Zack TV) was shot in the head and neck before his Jeep drove up on a curb and crashed into a light pole; a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department confirmed the details of the shooting but had no additional information at press time.
Stoner was transported to Northwest Memorial Hospital where he later died of his wounds. WGN reported that police said a Chevy Caprice was also involved in the crash and witnesses reported a group of people jumped out of the Caprice and got into a third car that drove away from the scene. At press time, the Chicago PD spokesperson said no suspects were in custody and the investigation was ongoing. Video has emerged of the crash scene; the three people can be seen piling into the other car.
CHICAGO SHOWS LOVE TO ZACK:
THIS NIGGA ZACK WAS SO OFFICIAL NBS I USED TO GET MAD @ HIM! CUZ HE DONT CARE WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU FROM HE GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE TO HAVE THE SPOT LIGHT.. AS HE SHOULDVE!! BUT SHOWING LOVE IS A DANGEROUS GAME IN CHICAGO & IT COME WIT CONSEQUENCES THE WHOLE CITY KNOW DONT NO DUDE LIKE ZACK DESERVE THIS.. HE WANNA SEE YOU WIN GD BD STONE 4 IT DONT MATTER BUT THE GAME WE PLAY NIGGAS DONT EVEN WANNA SEE THEY SELF WIN.. YOU CANT HAVE NO GOOD CARMA PERIOD BEHIND NO SHIT LIKE THIS MAN FOLKS WASNT WIT IT @ ALL THATS WHY WHO YOU ARE NOW IT DONT EVEN MATTER.. A JANITOR IF YOU DOING BETTER THAN ANYBODY LACE YO BOOTS UP CUZ NIGGAS WANT WHAT YOU GOT OUT HERE & IF THEY CANT HAVE IT THEY WANT YO LIFE💯 LONG LIVE @zacktv1 WE DONT SAY RIP🙏
I remember taking this picture after doing an iconic interview with @ricorecklezz075 I saw another side of Zack. Everybody wanted him to beef with @saycheesedigital he came to @chicagokingdave shop to show Love and actually interviewed @shawncotton . Zack did a lot for the culture, motivated a lot of people from our side of town...Rest in heaven God 🙏🏾( 📸: @codymackkk ) #putthegunsdown #ZackTv
RIP @zacktv1. S/O big br @dnash425. Stop feeding negativity into this city for a check. These children are watching us and our energy is real. It hurts my soul to see some of my students sing these violent songs word for word. No its not just music. Energy is real and it starts with us. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. FUCK A CHECK WE WANT PEOPLE TO LIVE OUT HERE!
Yo...its amazing how life works. I worked with @zacktv1 this year at The Black Women's Expo. He did a seminar for our Teen Summit and the kids absolutely gravitated to him. He was so young with so many plans and even though we just met, I could tell this brother was determined on making Chicago better. Its unfortunate that our city couldn't respect his hustle! Its unfortunate that another family has to grieve for nothing but selfish human beings. Rest Up Zack! 🙏