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Darlene Patterssister shooting victim Terry Pattershugs young girl Saturday near crime scene Lawndale. | JessicKoscielniak ~ Sun-Times

Darlene Patterson, sister of shooting victim Terry Patterson, hugs a young girl Saturday near the crime scene in Lawndale. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times

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Updated: August 8, 2013 7:15AM

A 48-year-old man was killed and seven others were wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday on Chicago’s West Side that police said was gang-related.

A 72-year-old woman was among the wounded, according to the police, who said she was shot in an ankle and not among the most seriously injured.

The man, shot in the chest and groin, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:26 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

“It’s crazy,” said Rashauda Tolbert, a niece of the dead man. “Kids can’t play outside. People can’t sit on their porches.

“The shooting has been going on for days,” said Tolbert, who said she was on her way to her security job when she heard about what happened and rushed back to her family. “Why we gotta be prisoners in our homes?”

A detective on the scene said the shooting was gang-related, apparently related to a shooting on July 4. Another detective said there have been three shootings in the area in four days.

This time, whoever pulled the trigger sprayed bullets across what appeared to be a large area. Yellow evidence markers stretched across about half a block.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. on West Flournoy Street at South Francisco Avenue in Lawndale.

All of the wounded had been stabilized as of Saturday night. Five of them were at Stroger Hospital: the 72-year-old woman; a 41-year-old woman, who was shot twice in her right thigh; a man, 43, shot in the back and a leg; a 45-year-old man, shot in the groin; and a 48-year-old man, shot in the buttocks and lower leg.

A sixth person was taken to Mount Sinai — a 31-year-old man, shot in the wrist. And a 20-year-old woman showed up at Mount Sinair later, shot in the right leg.

Police and family members, who gathered at a house around the corner from where the shooting took place, identified the dead man as Terry Patterson.

“He’s just a nice guy,” said a woman who identified herself only as Patterson’s sister-in-law.

She said the area has been the scene of much recent violence. “They just been coming around here, shooting, for the last three days,” she said.

Patterson’s 6-year-old grandson Kion said his grandpa was a handy guy who fixed bikes, stereos and other things around the house.

Other relatives said Patterson was a lifelong West Sider who was known for walking around the neighborhood blasting Sam Cooke from a “big radio.”

His sister Darlene Patterson said her brother was on disability and liked to help people, doing things like watching their kids for them.

She said he was a “good man” who didn’t deserve to die the way he did.

“It’s senseless that innocent people gotta die,” she said.

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