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Chicago Police scene shooting Sheridan Wilswhere one man was killed four were injured Monday evening.  |  Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

Chicago Police at the scene of a shooting at Sheridan and Wilson, where one man was killed and four were injured Monday evening. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

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Updated: September 22, 2013 6:17AM

Police on Tuesday were questioning three men in connection with the Monday night shooting in Uptown that left five injured, including one critically, a spokeswoman for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said Tuesday.

And investigators have “quality footage from both police cameras as well as some of the [neighboring] businesses,” said Cappleman’s chief of staff, Tressa Feher.

A police spokesman could offer no further details.

At least two of the five people shot near an Uptown bus stop Monday evening have gang ties, a law enforcement source said.

The most seriously wounded Monday, a 21-year-old man who was shot in the head, remained “very critical,” the source said. Police initially said he had died. He remained on life support Tuesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, authorities said.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the ankle, buttocks and forearms. He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital and listed in serious condition, authorities said. A 26-year-old man was shot in both arms and his left leg. He was taken to Illinois Masonic and also was listed in serious condition. A 58-year-old man was shot in the hand, and taken to Weiss, where he was in stable condition. A 44-year-old man was shot in the knee and thigh. He was later released from Weiss, a source said.

The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday at Sheridan and Wilson. The intersection is designated as part of a Chicago Public Schools “Safe Passage” route for schoolchildren. The first day of the school year is Monday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the shooting an “early warning sign” for CPS to be “more on our toes than we were already.”

But he argued that parents of students traveling farther to their new schools — after being displaced by nearly 50 school closings — have no reason to fear for the safety of their children.

“Unlike what happened at 6 o’clock [in Uptown], at 8 o’clock in the morning [Monday], there are gonna be 600 workers fanned out for all Safe Passage [routes]—a person-per-corner, per street on those routes,” he said. “There will be police officers, workers from the fire department, Streets and Sanitation, Department of Transportation, library, places of business . . . So, when kids are going to school and from school, there will be a presence that, in the early evening hours, was not there [in Uptown] . . . It’s the obligation of every adult to make sure a child is protected — whether you are a city employee or not. And we will work on it every day to make sure that happens.”

Emanuel said an “incredible amount of work” has been done to fix sidewalks along 48 Safe Passage routes. Trees have been trimmed. Broken lights have been replaced. Vacant lots have been cleared. Abandoned buildings have either been boarded up or torn down.

Firefighters and paramedics assigned to 11 different firehouses across the city will also have their trucks out on the street to help kids feel safe, starting Monday, when schools open.

“He added, “There is no greater responsibility for every adult, regardless of who you are, than the safety of our children. And every child is a Safe Haven child and my goal is that every street is a Safe Passage street for the city and its children and its families.”

Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said Safe Passage is not limited to the streets where children walk to school. It’s a “comprehensive strategy” that involves employees of the city and other agencies of local government.

She further noted that 600 Safe Passage employees hired by CPS have been trained to “identify and de-escalate” gang tension.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton

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