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Two people shot minutes apart in Ukrainian village

Updated: September 14, 2012 7:18AM

Two people were wounded in shootings minutes apart from each other early Friday in the Northwest Side Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

The first shooting happened about 1:25 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Damen Avenue when a 30-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen during the commission of a robbery, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

She was taken in critical condition to John H. Stroger Hr. Hospital of Cook County, according to Greer.

Just five minutes later and about two blocks away, 27-year-old man was robbed and shot in the face in the 2100 block of West Thomas Street, Greer said. He was taken to Stroger in “stable” condition.

He told detectives he was walking home on Thomas Street when a male approached him from behind, demanded his money and took his backpack, according to Greer. The suspect then shot him in the face and ran off.

Area Central detectives were trying to determine whether one person committed both robberies and shootings, Greer said, adding that no one was in custody early Friday.

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