CHICAGO An 80-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Police said the man was in a vehicle parked on the street in the 5200 block of South Marshfield Avenue at approximately 3:04 p.m. when he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest from an unknown perpetrator.

The man was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition. There is no one in custody and Area One detectives are investigating.

Those who know the victim said he’s always there to help out the neighborhood, with local residents saying the mechanic never hesitated to teach others how to fix their cars.

“People have counted on him time and time again. He’s one of the neighborhood heroes,” one local resident said.

Those who live near 52nd and Marshfield continued their pleas for a halt to the gun violence that has affected all of Chicago.

“We are gonna pray him through this and keep praying for our community,” one resident said.

A Southwest Side Community Town Hall event will be held at Richard J. Daley College on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7500 South Pulaski Road.

A North/Northwest Side Community Town Hall event will be held Tuesday at Harry S Truman Gymnasium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1145 West Wilson Avenue.