By Carlos Sadovi
1:37 AM CST, December 4, 2012
Five people were hospitalized after a shooting near a currency exchange in the South Shore neighborhood Monday evening, officials said.
The shooting happened in the 7500 block of South Exchange Avenue at about 5:45 p.m., according to Chicago Fire Department and police officials.
Neighbors said that the shooting happened at or near a currency exchange at that location.
Several people had been standing in the street when a male shooter approached on foot and began firing, police said.
Bullets struck five people, who range in age from 23 to 44 years old, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.
A 38-year-old woman was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County with a gunshot wound to the buttocks, Alfaro said. A 29-year-old man was also taken to Stroger with gunshot wounds to the groin area and thigh.
Two men, ages 23 and 44, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the former with a gunshot wound to the upper body and the latter with a gunshot wound to the lower body, Alfaro said.
A 29-year-old man was also taken to South Shore Hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot.
Fire Department officials listed the victim taken to South Shore as being in good-to-fair condition, and they listed the other four as being in serious-to-critical condition.
Police said one of the victims was critically wounded, while the other four of the victims appeared to have sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The conditions of all five, however, had been stabilized, Alfaro said.
Fire department officials had called for an Emergency Medical Services Plan 1 which summoned six ambulances to the scene, officials said.
A neighbor said he noticed the police racing to the area and was told that several people were shot near the currency exchange. The man said the shooting happened at about 5:30 p.m.
"About four or five people got shot across the street...Oh man, it's hellish around here," said the man, who did not give his name. "It's pretty bad."
Tribune reporter Adam Sege contributed.
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