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7 wounded in Christmas Eve shootings

Updated: December 25, 2012 10:50AM



Seven people were hurt in shootings across Chicago Monday evening, including a 15-year-old boy in critical condition after he and three others were shot in a single Washington Heights neighborhood attack.

Four people, ranging in age from a 15-year-old boy to a 22-year-old man, were all taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition following the 7:30 p.m. attack in the 9400 block of South Justine Street, authorities said.

“This is a quiet block,” said Christine Haymond, a retired nursing home cook who saw the aftermath from her window. One of the men tried to crawl away after the shooting but kept falling, she said.

“Right before Christmas,” Haymond said, shaking her head.

Yellow police markers sat atop shell casings as police processed the crime scene. Police had no details on what may have prompted the attack as of Monday night.

About an hour and a half later, a separate shooting in the 1200 block of West Washburn on the Near West Side left a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition, police said.

Another shooting at 5:50 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood left a 37-year-old man shot in the leg and back, according to police. That man was in stable condition as paramedics responded to the shooting in the 700 block of West 81st Street.

The most recent shooting happened at 11:50 p.m. Monday, when a man was shot during an apparent robbery in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

The 21-year-old man was sitting in a car with several other males in the 8200 block of South Marshfield Avenue when two armed males approached the car and robbed the group, police said. The robbers then fired into the car, striking the 21-year-old man in the lower abdomen and ran off, police said.

Police say the man was taken in “stable” condition to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. No arrests have been made early Tuesday as Area South detectives investigate.



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