1 dead, 7 wounded in West Side shooting

Crime SceneSeven people were shot and one victim died in a shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood near the intersection of South Francisco Avenue and Flournoy Street according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Neighbors said a group of friends were holding an early evening barbeque when someone drove up and began shooting at the crowd.

A 48-year-old man was killed in the shooting, but his name has not yet been released. Four are in critical condition at Stroger hospital while other victims are being treated at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Neighbors said the area is hotly contested by two rival gangs, but Eric Balark, a friend of one of the shooting victims, said the victims were mistakenly targeted.

“The victims are not gang bangers, wrong place wrong time,” Balark said. “Unfortunate, but we’ll still try to find out what happened.”

This Fourth of July weekend has become on of the deadliest and most violent weeks of the year with 67 people shot and 11 killed since July 3.

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