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Updated: May 13, 2013 6:25AM

Cornell Mack has a tattoo on his upper lip that says “Big Mack” and another macho ink-stained “Mack G” splashed across his chest.

On Tuesday, the 53-year-old inadvertently got another body scar when his trigger-happy cohort accidentally shot him in the chest while they fended off the bat-wielding store owner they allegedly robbed in Logan Square.

The store owner, Luis Quizhpe, 62, was shot in the thigh by the gunman.

While the slugger who hails from Ecuador was back home recuperating Thursday, Mack remained at Stroger Hospital — missing the bond hearing that detailed the frenzied chaos captured on surveillance video.

Quizhpe and his brother-in-law were working at Quizhpe’s novelty shop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when Mack and his accomplice walked in and held up the store, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said.

While the victims were held at gunpoint at Quizhpe’s Gifts and Sports, Mack allegedly went behind the counter and started rifling through the cash drawer.

That’s when the gunman’s weapon went off and struck Mack and Quizhpe, Antonietti said.

Quizhpe can be seen on store surveillance video swinging his bat to save his life, Antonietti said.

Quizhpe’s brother-in-law also is seen on video hitting one of the robbers with an extension rod and throwing a stool and fire extinguisher at him.

Mack initially couldn’t leave the store, in the 2200 block of North Western, because of the security system, Antonietti said.

His partner — who remained at large Thursday — was able to buzz out of the store and the two fled, the prosecutor said.

Mack, who allegedly admitted his role in the crime to police, ended up going to hospital, where he was in “stable” condition after surgery, according to court testimony.

Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Mack, of the 10500 block of South Rhodes, held in lieu of $750,000 bail Thursdy on attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and discharge of a firearm charges.

Mack has four prior felony covictions for narcotics, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated stalking.

Contributing: Mitch Dudek, Tina Sfondeles, STNG Wire

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