Son of South Side activist Hal Baskin Sr. shot
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter October 8, 2013 9:32AM
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:18AM
The call was short and to the point: “Dad, I’ve been shot.”
Hal Baskin Sr., a gang leader turned South Side community activist, was just three blocks away when he got that call Monday evening. Baskin told the Chicago Sun-Times that he raced over to be with his 25-year-old son, who shares his first name.
“Thank God it wasn’t more serious,” the father said Tuesday morning, on his way to visit his son at Stroger Hospital.
A bullet hit the younger Baskin’s hip, leaving fragments lodged in his stomach and chest, the father said.
It was at least the third time in the last seven years that the Baskin family has been affected by gun violence. All of the shootings happened just blocks apart.
In May, Ronald Baskin, Baskin Sr.’s great-nephew, was shot and killed in the 6500 block of South Green.
And in 2006, Rodney Baskin Jr., one of Baskin Sr.’s nephews, was shot and killed in the 6800 block of South Morgan.
Meanwhile on Monday, Baskin Jr. and a friend were shot around 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of 66th and Peoria, Baskin Sr. and fire officials said.
Baskin Sr. said his son had just dropped off the younger man’s stepson and was talking to a friend on a porch on 66th when someone opened fire. Baskin Sr. said he believes his son was not targeted.
“He said all he did was hear shots and feel pain,” the father said. “He was trying to get out of the way.”
The other man, Baskin’s friend, suffered a graze wound to the head, Baskin Sr. said. The friend was being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
The shootings were yet one more reminder that this kind of violence can happen to anyone, Baskin Sr. said.
“Yesterday, it was my day,” said Baskin Sr., a longtime community activist and perennial aldermanic candidate in the South Side’s 16th Ward.
“Until you change the socioeconomic dynamics of what’s going on in these poorer communities, then this stuff is going to continue,” he said.
Area South detectives are investigating.