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Father Of 6 Hospitalized After Being Shot In Irving Park On Monday, Family And Police Say

“My son was just on his way to the day care and they shot him like four times,” the victim's mother said. “He’s a carpenter. A family man. He's a good kid.”

Police direct traffic away from the 3600 block of West Irving Park Road Dec, 14, 2020 after a man was shot.
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IRVING PARK — A 30-year-old father was in serious condition after he was shot Monday in Irving Park while on his way to pick up one of his children from day care, police and the man’s relatives said.

About 3:40 p.m., Rocky Colon was driving in the 3600 block of West Irving Park Road when someone in a a black car pulled up next to him, police and his family said. 

Someone inside the car pulled out a gun and shot at Colon’s car, hitting him in his back and leg, police said. A woman who said she is Colon’s fiancée told Block Club was in the car but was not wounded.

“The passenger of that black BMW, he rolled his window down and he looked out at us like two times,” the fiancée said. Block Club is not identifying her.

“Then he took the gun out and pointed it out the window before putting it back into the car. Then he brought it out again a couple seconds later and started shooting at us.”

Colon pulled over and the driver in the other car continued driving, police said. An ambulance took Colon to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, police said. 

A woman who identified herself as Colon’s mother said her son has six children who are 1 to 7 years old. 

“My son was just on his way to the day care and they shot him like four times,” his mother said. “He’s a carpenter. A family man. He’s a good kid. He’s a hardworking man and so kindhearted. He’d give the shirt off his back for you.” 

The silver car Colon was driving was still parked next to the McDonald’s at 3615 W. Irving Park Road about 5:30 p.m., surrounded by red tape as officers directed drivers away from the block. 

Detectives are investigating and no one is in custody, police said.

“There’s several shots in the side of the car from bullet holes,” said Jim O’Grady, a neighbor who lives near where the shooting occurred. “I think it happened just before I got home. It’s crazy.”

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