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Man shot in gang crossfire while cleaning gutters, neighbors say

The scene homicide 2200 block West 72nd St Thursday. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

The scene of a homicide in the 2200 block of West 72nd St on Thursday. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

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Updated: June 12, 2014 10:13PM

A man in his 60s was struck by gang crossfire while cleaning a neighbor’s gutter Thursday afternoon in the Chicago Lawn community, area residents said.

The man was shot in the back in the 2300 block of West 72nd Street about 1:45 p.m., Chicago Police said.

“He was cleaning his neighbor’s gutters,” said neighbor Robert Robinson. “He just was standing out there, and the car rolled by and they got to shooting ... he wound up being the only one getting shot. He had nothing to do with it.

“When I found out he got shot, it hurt me. I wanted to slam my phone on the ground that’s how mad I was. This has got to stop. All this shooting, it’s practically every day. Back and forth shooting.”

Paramedics took the man in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Neighbors said the man, who had six brothers and three sisters, regularly walked his sister’s dog throughout the neighborhood.

“My grandkids, they can’t even come over anymore,” said longtime neighbor Diane Pryor. “I had to call their mother today to tell them what happened ... and she said my grand kids cannot come over here anymore. It’s too dangerous. It’s too dangerous for me to go back and forth from my garage, to go to the store, to church. It’s too damn dangerous. Our community is just lost. No one cares.”

Nobody has been charged in the shooting.

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