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Ahead Of Peace March, Two Men Shot In Albany Park: ‘Bullets Do Not Discriminate’

The latest shooting comes after a series of similar incidents in Albany Park that have neighbors on edge.

The crowd at a 2018 walk for peace event in Albany Park that Israel’s Gifts of Hope participated in.
Courtesy Dalia Aragon
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ALBANY PARK — Two men were shot early Thursday near the intersection of North Kedzie and West Berteau avenues in Albany Park, police said.

The men were in a vehicle in the 4200 block of North Kedzie Avenue around 2 a.m. when another man in a black SUV reportedly got out and fired shots into the other vehicle, police said.

One victim was hit in his right arm and the other in his left leg and abdomen. The gunshot victims were able to take themselves to Swedish Covenant Hospital, 5140 N. California Ave., for treatment, said Jose Jara, a Chicago police spokesperson.

No one was arrested in the shooting yet, Jara said.

Near the intersection is Cermak Fresh Market, 4234 N. Kedzie Ave., and Sanabel Bakery, 4213 N. Kedzie Ave. Together the two businesses have at least six active security cameras installed on or near North Kedzie Avenue.

Police did not confirm if detectives had recovered any footage from these cameras regarding Thursday’s shooting.

“A couple weeks back there were also two or three shootings in our area,” said Dalia Aragon, co-founder of Israel’s Gifts of Hope. “We just want everyone to remain vigilant.”

On April 8, two men were wounded by gunfire in the 4000 block of North St. Louis Avenue around 7 p.m. The two men were on the street when someone pulled up in a white vehicle, got out and fired shots, according to the Sun-Times.

On April 4, a woman was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 4400 block of North Pulaski Road around 2:10 a.m. when she heard shots and realized she had been hit in the lower backside, according to the Sun-Times.

The victims of the April 8 and April 4 shootings were taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington Ave.

Aragon is coordinating a peace march on Friday for Chicagoans who have lost a friend or family member to violence. She said the shootings this month, while not fatal, will also be addressed during the march.

“Incidents like this are exactly why we are coming together on Good Friday, to honor the lives already lost and address the violence problem that many refuse to accept is happening in our North Side neighborhoods,” Aragon said. “It’s enraging that this keeps happening and the scariest part is that people still ask ‘was a real person shot or a gangbanger?’”

Friday’s walk will begin at the corner of North Albany Avenue and West Argyle Street at noon. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.

“It’s disheartening that people do not realize that this can happen to any of us at any time and any given day because bullets do not discriminate,” she said.

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