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Avondale Residents Shaken Up After Shots Fired On Saturday Afternoon: ‘It Was Very Unsettling’

Police were called to the scene, but did not find any shell casings or victims.

The shooting happened in the 3100 block of West Wellington Avenue.
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AVONDALE — Avondale residents are shaken up after someone fired shots on their quiet block in the middle of the day on Saturday.

The shooting happened sometime before 2 p.m. Saturday in the 3100 block of West Wellington Avenue, according to Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli and a neighbor.

Bartoli said officers were called to the scene after a resident sent in a video of a shooting on the block.

The video shows the victims, two men, walking eastbound down Wellington Avenue when a red car, possibly a Toyota, pulls up, Bartoli said. A man gets out of the car and confronts the two victims. The victims then run westbound down Wellington Avenue and the man pulls out a gun and fires shots.

Bartoli said officers on the scene did not find any shell casings, nor did they find the victims or the shooter. The police spokeswoman said the case is in “suspended status, meaning it cannot proceed further at this time.”

A neighbor said he was in his alley with his young son when they heard four shots ring out. He declined to be named because he is concerned about his safety.

The neighbor said at first he pulled his son into his garage and had him wait behind the car and then, after he saw someone running into a red car, he closed the garage door and had his son drop behind the car to shield him before getting him inside.

“We always knew we were very privileged to live in an area where this happens very infrequently, but it was very jarring to hear it close by and during the day while the kids were out and about,” the neighbor said. “It was extremely jarring.”

The neighbor, who has lived in the neighborhood for about two years, said when he went out to find out what was going on, he talked with other residents who were also shaken up.

“It was very unsettling. I’m just glad everyone’s OK,” he said.

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