CHICAGO – Two 12-year-old boys and a 66-year-old man were injured in a shooting in the Old Town neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say a gray sedan was driving by a mini mart on the 1400 block of N. Sedgwick around 2:30 p.m. when the occupants opened fire.
One of the boys was shot through the leg and is in stable condition at Lurie Children's Hospital. The other was shot in the chest, and a spokesman for the family is calling his survival a "miracle."
The 66-year-old was shot in the hand and taken to a Northwestern Hospital in good condition. Residents say he’s a well-known caretaker at the Marshall Fields Homes.
“This is something we won’t tolerate," said. Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward). "These are two young, innocent boys who were struck by stray gunfire... and a 66-year-old man who does an honest job and works for a living."
Ald. Hopkins said he witnessed a drug deal nearby in broad daylight two weeks ago. Neighbors say the mini mart, whose windows were shot out during the shooting, is at the center of the problem. Neighbors say they’ve been working to get it shut down after trying to discuss their concerns with the owners.
“We just kinda see a lot of sketchy activity coming in and out of the mini mart all the time,” said neighbor Lisa Parker.
"Too many gang-bangers over here," said Deborah Thomas, who said she's an aunt of one of the victims.
Looking at the police tape and the crime scene, some neighbors said they're considering moving.
“I’ve always been under the impression that as long as we’re not out after dark, we’re pretty safe. But that definitely changes today,” said neighbor Bridget Byron.