CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was shot on the sidewalk, and a woman was struck and critically injured by a stray bullet, in a shooting in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood Tuesday.
Shortly before 1 p.m., a white car rolled up the 7300 block of South Wolcott Avenue with two people inside and one of them started shooting.
Neighbors who shielded themselves from some of the bullets said it appeared that the shooter was going up and down the block, shooting what appeared to be at random at a neighbor’s house.
“The vehicle that did the shooting rolled down the block, and was shooting at anybody on our side at random,” said neighbor John Edwards, who witnessed the shooting. “I mean, hanging out the window, just shooting.”
As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, surveillance video picked up some of the shots. In the video, a man is seen diving and ducking out of the way in the video – he was able to hide behind some parked cars and was not shot.
“I just see everybody screaming, a lot of people running, and I called 911,” said that man’s mother, Wanda Shoemaker.
Shoemaker said 28-year-old son ducked away to just the right place at just the right time.
“If he didn’t fall in that little trench, he probably would’ve gotten hit,” Shoemaker said.
But two others were hit by the gunfire.
A 21-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk and was shot in the right side of his abdomen and the lower center of his back, police said. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was stabilized.
Neighbors said the man lives on the block.
“I see him walking his dogs. He don’t mess with nobody,” Shoemaker said. “He got shot in the stomach.”
But investigators quickly realized one of the bullets went through a window of a home.
A 35-year-old woman, who was in her house at 7305 S. Wolcott Ave. at the time of the shooting, was struck when the stray bullet from the same weapon went right through her front window. She was also taken to Advocate Christ in critical condition.
Neighbors said the woman was holding her child at the time.
The woman in the house with its red awning never saw the gunfire or heard it coming.
“You are at home in the privacy of your own home relaxing with your baby, and you can’t enjoy your own home,” Edwards said, “because ignorant people out here want to shoot playing with guns.”
“Minding her business,” Shoemaker said. “Everyone was just minding their business.”
The gunmen fled the scene.
No one was in custody as of late Tuesday afternoon, and police were investigating.
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