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Activist's son one of 8 shot on South, West sides

Staff report

7:19 AM CDT, October 8, 2013

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The son of a community activist and a 13-year-old boy were among eight people wounded in shootings on the South and West sides since Monday afternoon.

Hal Baskin Jr., the 25-year-old son of Englewood activist Hal Baskin, was shot in the stomach and buttocks around 5:40 p.m. Monday in the 6600 block of South Peoria Street. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and reported in fair condition by his family.

A 30-year-old man with him was grazed in the head and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was listed in good condition.

The shooting happened two blocks south of the Peace Community Center where the senior Hal Baskin, 60, is executive director. In a statement, family spokesman Keith Harris called the shooting a random act and called for calm.

"The family is asking that the police department be allowed to do their job," he wrote.

On Mother's Day this year, Baskin Sr.'s great-nephew was killed one block north and one block east of Monday's shooting. "It's heart-wrenching," Baskin, an gang member turned activist, told the Tribune after Ronald Baskin's killing. "This happens all too often. It's all too common in places like Chicago."

There were at least four other shootings across in the city Monday.

Shortly before midnight, two men standing in the 200 block of North Central Avenue were injured when someone opened fire from a dark van, police said.

One of the men, 19, was struck in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. The other man, 20, was shot in the elbow and leg and also taken to Mount Sinai. His condition was stabilized, police said.

About 5:20 p.m. Monday, a teen was shot in his hand and leg on the 5700 block of South Winchester Avenue, said O'Brien. The teen was taken to Stroger, where he was listed in good condition.

Earlier, a 13-year-old boy was shot and seriously wounded in the same neighborhood. The shooting took place at 3:15 p.m. in the 5500 block of South Halsted Street, according to police.

The boy suffered a gunshot wound to the back and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. Police said they were not sure if the boy was the intended target.

B.J. Brame, who works at a hardware store near the shooting, said he was working inside and heard three or four shots.

At 3:45 p.m., a man in his 30s was shot in the head in the 7300 block of South Dorchester Avenue in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said.

Two people approached on foot, shot the victim, then fled north on Dorchester Avenue, O'Brien said, citing preliminary information.

No one was in custody for any of the attacks.

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