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Chicago water department employee shot in face on South Side

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CHICAGO --  A Chicago Water Department employee is hospitalized in fair condition after being shot in the face at a South Side work site.

The 28-year-old worker has been with the department about two years and was just finishing the apprentice program.

His identity has not been released yet, pending notification of family.

He had just finished repairing a main at 1441 W. 85th Street around 8 a.m., when witnesses say a silver car pulled out of an alley and up to five shots were fired.

The worker was sitting in his Oldsmobile Silhouette minivan preparing to head to another job when several bullets struck the door and one of them ripped into his left cheek.

Co-workers who rushed to his aide say he was conscious and responsive before being taken to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn.

He is expected to recover from the wound.

Other workers on the crew tell WGN’s Nancy Loo they are aware of dangers working throughout the city, including in violent areas.

But they say actually encountering a violent situation on the job is rare.

Police say it doesn’t appear the employee was specifically targeted for any reason.