4 men shot in South Shore neighborhood

Four men were shot while standing in the doorway of a corner shop in the South Shore neighborhood this afternoon.

The shooting occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of East 75th Street as the four men stood in the doorway of a shop at Kingston Avenue and 75th Street where there is a bus stop.

Police said two cars pulled up and someone inside each car started shooting. One car was black and a second one, possibly a Buick Regal, was white. The cars then fled south on Kingston Avenue, said Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien.

One man, age 18, was wounded in the right leg and back, one, age 41, in the left leg, another, age 28, in the left ankle and a fourth, also age 28, in both legs, according to police, citing preliminary information.

Two victims were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, one was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition and the fourth man was taken to South Shore Hospital in fair-to-serious condition, according to the Fire Department. The 18-year-old had his condition stabilized at Northwestern, while the two at Stroger, ages 41 and 28, were both in good condition, as was the 28-year-old was also in good condition, said  O'Brien, who said police were told the last man was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, not South Shore.

Police taped off The Unit Fresh Market store near the shooting and interviewed people inside, while evidence technicians photographed the area during a heavy snowfall.

Tiffany Smith, 46, a mother of seven and grandmother of seven more, said the shooting near her home has put her over the edge.

"People here are getting shot every day," Smith said. "It makes me mad. And it's sad. I'm moving out of here in July. I can't take this no more."

Bystanders on the scene said bullets entered the corner store.

The neighborhood is also known as Terror Town, according to several neighborhood residents.

There has been an ongoing gang feud in the area, police said.

Five people were shot in front of a currency exchange Dec. 3 in the 7500 block of South Exchange Avenue, a block east of today's shooting. There was nothing to indicate that the two attacks were related.

Tribune reported Ellen Jean Hirst contributed.

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