Four men shot in South Shore driveby
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN AND MICHAEL LANSU Staff Reporters February 7, 2013 4:34PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 11:23PM
Four men standing outside a South Shore convenience store were wounded in a driveby shooting Thursday afternoon.
Two vehicles approached the men on the street in the 2500 block of East 75th Street and at least one person inside each vehicle opened fire about 3:15 p.m., Chicago Police said.
Michael Rollins, 37, said he was talking to a friend across the street when a white car pulled up and somebody inside fired nine or 10 shots at a group standing in front of the Unit Fresh Market convenience store.
“They just fired some shots,” Rollins said. “I ducked.”
The car drove off and two of the wounded ran inside the store, one fell down and another fled on 75th Street.
When Rollins ran into the store, he said he saw the victims on the floor in a pool of blood.
An 18-year-old man was shot in his back and leg; a 41-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his leg; a 28-year-old man was shot in both legs, and another 28-year-old man was shot in one leg, police said.
The wounded were taken to area hospitals in conditions ranging from good to critical, authorities said.
The store was closed Thursday night and an employee turned away potential customers, explaining “there was a shooting here today.”
Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting as a gang-related incident, police said.
The shooting happened just a block from the site of a Dec. 3 incident in which five people were wounded at a bus stop at 75th and Exchange. In that shooting, witnesses said two men approached a group standing on a corner and opened fire. Four of the victims were critically injured.