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Man shot while shoveling snow on South Side

A 22-year-old man was shot Sunday morning while shoveling snow front his girlfriend’s house 8500 block South Constance Avenue. A

A 22-year-old man was shot Sunday morning while shoveling snow in front of his girlfriend’s house in the 8500 block of South Constance Avenue. A pile of glass shards from errant bullets remained on the house’s front stoop Sunday afternoon. | Matt McKinney/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 21, 2014 6:24AM

A 22-year-old man was shot while he was shoveling snow Sunday morning in the Avalon Park neighborhood on the South Side.

The man was shoveling outside his girlfriend’s home in the 8500 block of South Constance Avenue about 10 a.m. when two men approached and got into an argument with the man, said Chicago Police Officer Michael Sullivan, a department spokesman.

The two men asked him whether he belonged to a particular gang before one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot him in his upper left arm — though the bullet lodged in his throat, according to police and a neighbor. The men then fled the scene on foot.

The man who was shot has had run-ins with the law but no documented gang affiliations, police said.

The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he underwent surgery on Sunday, according to a witness to the shooting who said she knows the victim and his girlfriend.

The neighbor, who declined to be named for the story because she fears for her safety, said she was at the home of a relative, just a few doors down, and couldn’t believe what she was saw unfold Sunday morning.

“I was watching from the second floor of my grandma’s house and these two kids — they were teenagers, 16 or 17 years old — walk up to him and start talking to him. I didn’t think anything of it. I just figured they were from the ’ hood,” the woman said.

“Then all of a sudden they start shooting. They shot six times and took out the glass door,” she said, referring to a glass storm door of a nearby home. “They only hit him once, though. I called the police and they got there in like five minutes.”

The woman, who went to the hospital to check on his condition, said the man’s girlfriend told her the bullet pierced his shoulder and lodged in his throat.

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