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7 Men Wounded, 2 Critically, In South Shore Shooting Near Little Caesars

The shooting occurred near 79th Street and Exchange Avenue, police said. Seven men ages 31 to 63 were hospitalized.

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SOUTH SHORE — Seven men were wounded in a mass shooting Sunday afternoon near the border of South Shore and South Chicago, police said.

The shooting happened about 3:40 p.m. near 79th Street and Exchange Avenue, Supt. David Brown said. The group of men were standing near a Little Caesars on that block when two cars drove by the group, Brown said. Someone inside a car spoke to the men and “almost immediately” began shooting, Brown said, citing surveillance video.

The victims:

  • A 34-year-old man shot in his chest was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
  • A 31-year-old man shot in his abdomen was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition.
  • A 63-year-old man shot in his leg was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 62-year-old man shot in his leg was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition.
  • A 59-year-old man shot in his leg was taken to Stroger in good condition.
  • A 51-year-old man shot in his hip was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.
  • A 36-year-old man shot in his leg was taken to Northwestern in good condition.

Brown said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the victims were targeted or if an argument occurred. No one in the group shot back at the car, Brown said.

Brown said detectives are reviewing video to try to identify the car and the people involved. It was not immediately clear if there was more than one shooter, and Brown said it’s not clear if people in the second car spotted near the scene was involved in the shooting or were fleeing from it.

“Whether it was a targeted shooting or can altercation, it’s unacceptable,” Brown said. “Whether you saw a car speeding off, or hear someone talking about being involved in this, please come forward with that information.”

People can report information anonymously at cpdtip.com. 

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