Man Wanted For Killing Harvey Barber Turns Himself In

Mike Carney was known for cutting the hair of Chicago Bears players.

Mike Krauser
November 14, 2018 - 12:19 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A man wanted for the murder of a south suburban Harvey barber, known for cutting the hair of Chicago Bears players, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday morning.

According to Harvey Police Chief Gregory Thomas, the murder of 26-year-old Michael Carney last month was “no mystery” and was committed “out of jealousy.”

Carney was at a gas station near 150th Street and Dixie Highway in Harvey around 3:35 p.m. on Oct. 21 with his girlfriend and his 5-year-old daughter, when police said Perry Gosa walked up and shot him twice in the head.

Mustering his final bits of strength, Carney hopped back in his car and drove his 5-year-old daughter, Mikayla, out of harm’s way. A short time later, Carney was found at the nearby intersection of 149th Street and Cooper. He had succumbed to the multiple gunshot wounds that had riddled his body.

“He’s [Gosa> an ex-boyfriend of the companion of Michael Carney, who was in the car with him. We believe this crime was motivated by jealousy," Chief Gregory Thomas said.

He said Carney and his girlfriend knew they were being followed.

“It’s an individual who’s emotional and cannot accept the fact that she had moved on; therefore, he followed and he hunted down Michael Carney," Thomas said.

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The Chief played on a traveling softball team with Carney.

“This case in particular was one that I was very motivated in bringing closure to because I knew his character.  He was a man of integrity, a loving man," he said.

The chief went on to say, “he was one who had an association with people from all statures of life.  The Chief of Police.  I knew him personally.  He knew professional athletes, and hadn’t forgotten people like his classmates.”

Mike Carney’s mother, Michele Franklin, said “Michael was a phenomenal individual.  He will be greatly missed.  And he didn’t deserve to have his life ended like this.”

She said he loved his children and they loved their daddy.

“It’s given my family closure now.  It’s not going to bring my son back but it will help us in moving on," Franklin said.

The chief said the suspect had cut off his long dreadlocks while he was on the run. 

An arrest warrant for Gosa was issued on Oct. 25.  Perry “PJ” Gosa, 27, surrendered to police about 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Markham Courthouse. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Judge Luciano Panici ordered Gosa held without bail during a hearing Wednesday afternoon, according to Cook County court records. His next court date was scheduled for Dec. 5.

Carney worked as a barber at Dna Styles, 43 E. 159th St. in Harvey, where his clientele included top Bears stars like linebacker Khalil Mack and cornerback Prince Amukamara.