4 wounded in shootings on South, West sides

At least four people have been wounded in shootings on the South and West side since midmorning Monday, police said.

In the most recent shooting, two male victims were wounded about 5:35 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Ashland Avenue, according to a police media notification. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized. Police released no further details.

Near the scene, Julio Luna said he recognized the sound of the higher-caliber rounds from his village in Mexico. He’s from Durango and works in Chicago but lives in Toledo, where he said the schools are nicer.

He was in an apartment he rents a block over when he heard the gunfire.

“It’s not like a regular gun. Here, every weekend you hear something,” he said. “The metals – (the casings) – and the noise is bigger.”

Police closed 43rd Street between Ashland and Marshfield avenues and also just east of Ashland Avenue. North and southbound traffic on Ashland was allowed to pass.

People stood in small groups on Ashland, near the Dunkin Donuts and the AutoZone across the street, talking about what happened.
It’s about a block north of where two Chicago Police officers were shot in May.

There have been dozens of rifle shootings tied to the Almighty Saints and La Raza street gangs, who have been feuding for decades. The use of rifles is new in the last 18 months or so, according to police.

Earlier, 32-year-old man was shot about 11:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Central Park Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said in a media notification. He went in a private vehicle to Norwegian-American Hospital, where he was in good condition. The man was walking when a gray vehicle turned the corner and he heard shots and felt pain from a gunshot wound to the arm, police said.

A 37-year-old man was shot about 10 a.m. in the Douglas Park neighborhood, according to police.

The man was shot twice in the right hip in the 1300 block of South Califorinia and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he was in serious condition, officials said.

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