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Man killed, 4-year-old boy hurt in South Side shooting

Family members stoutside St. Bernard Hospital Chicago's South side after 26-year-old man 4-year-old boy were shot Tuesday Greater GrCrossing neighborhood

Family members stand outside St. Bernard Hospital on Chicago's South side after a 26-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy were shot Tuesday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. | Jessica Koscielniak/Sun-Times

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Updated: June 11, 2014 5:32AM

A 26-year-old man died of his injuries and a 4-year-old boy was hurt in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.

The shooting happened in the 200 block of West 72nd Street just after 3 p.m., said Chicago Police Officer Thomas Sweeney, a department spokesman.

Brett Ewing, 26, and the boy were in a vehicle when a person got out of another nearby vehicle and opened fire, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Ewing was shot several times, and the boy suffered a gunshot wound to his wrist.

They were driven to St. Bernard Hospital and Heath Care Center by a woman, a hospital spokesman said. The driver’s relationship to the man and boy wasn’t clear.

Ewing, of the 6800 block of South Perry Avenue, was transferred in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m., authorities said.

The child was sent to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, the hospital spokesman said. He suffered a minor wound in his hand or wrist area.

According to a police source, the man was the intended target. He has been arrested 24 times, with six arrests resulting in convictions, including two for possessing an illegal firearm, the source said.

Outside the hospital, police placed yellow crime-scene tape around a gray Dodge Avenger and an evidence technician examined the vehicle, though it wasn’t clear whether the vehicle was tied to the shooting.

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