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Six shot at South Shore laundromat



Chicago Police outside Sudz laundrom2660 E. 79th St. where officials say six people including 14-year-old 16-year-old were shot Monday. |

Chicago Police outside of the Sudz laundromat, 2660 E. 79th St., where officials say six people, including a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old, were shot Monday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

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Updated: July 4, 2014 6:34AM

Six people — including two teenagers — were shot at a South Shore laundromat Monday night.

Paramedics were called to the shooting at Sudz, 2660 E. 79th St. about 8:15 p.m., Fire Media Affairs Chief Larry Langford said.

The six shot included two boys, ages 14 and 16, police said. The others who were shot ranged in age from their mid-20s to their early 50s.

“Four of them we found in the laundromat not far from the door,” Langford said. “The others we found on the street.”

Matthew Gills, 33, a construction worker, lives across the street from where the shooting occurred. He was at home when he heard about 19 shots.

“It’s too dangerous to let my kids play around the neighborhood,” Gills said.

“That’s all it is is gangs. Gangs, gangs, gangs, gangs, gangs. I don’t even want to be in Chicago because it’s too dangerous. I’m trying to move to Texas.”

The 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg and was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, authorities said. The 16-year-old boy also suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Both were in serious-to-critical condition, Langford said.

A 27-year-old woman was shot in the leg, police said. Three men, ages 41, 42 and 52, were also injured in the shooting, having suffered gunshot wounds to the elbow, hand and leg, respectively.

A seventh person, a 25-year-old woman, injured her toe while she was running from the scene, according to police.

One of the injured women was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, while one man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, both in serious-to-critical condition, Langford said.

Two other men were taken in fair-to-serious condition to South Shore Hospital, and the other woman was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, also in fair-to-serious condition, Langford said.

Police said each of the individuals shot suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and most had been treated and released by 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Lisa Thompson, 38, heard the shots while taking a bath and slid underneath the soapy water.

“I know it’s not going to stop any bullets, but it’s just a reflex,” said Thompson, a daycare worker. “If I was in my bedroom I’d have been under the bed.”

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