1 dead, 4 hurt in West Side shootings

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A 52-year-old man was killed and four people were hurt, including three teenagers, in a pair of  West Side shootings Friday evening, police said.

About 7:20 p.m., two men were standing in an alley in the 4300 block of West Jackson Boulevard about when a dark minivan pulled next to them and someone inside started a conversation with them, Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

At some point the minivan’s occupant pulled out a gun and fired shots, striking the two, according to police. One of the men, who was 52, was struck in the back, and the other man, 53, was struck in the upper thigh. Both men were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

The 52-year-old man was pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The 53-year-old is in critical condition.

No suspects are in custody as Area North detectives investigate.

Minutes earlier, three teenagers were injured in a drive-by shooting outside a restaurant in the 200 block of South Western Avenue, police said.

The three had been standing outside when someone inside a vehicle fired several rounds, Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.

A 19-year-old and a 16-year-old were both shot in the leg, and a second 19-year-old was shot in the foot, Gaines said.  All three were taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and listed in good condition.

Police were canvassing the area and searching for evidence. Red police tape was pulled around a fish restaurant and patio.

Police had blocked off portions of the street and were turning away vehicles from the area.

Fares Suleiman, was working at the Jackson Fish & Chicken restaurant outside of where the males were shot at about 7 p.m.

“Two guys walked into the store, bleeding,” Suleiman said. “I called 911 for them. A lot of people did.”

Both men appeared to be shot in their feet or lower legs, Suleiman said, describing the victims as young men, possibly teenagers. Ambulances took them from the scene, he said.

Police on the scene said the males were standing in front of the restaurant when a dark gray van pulled up and several males started shooting.

One woman who said she lives near the intersection heard three gunshots, in rapid succession.

“I was upstairs watching the Bulls when I heard a ‘pop, pop, pop’ and that was it,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out who got shot.”

By Carlos Sadovi, Juan Perez Jr., and Adam Sege.
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