A man confronts a Chicago detective during questioning at the scene where three people were shot, including one who died Saturday on the 2500 of South Ridgeway Avenue in Chicago. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) MORE PHOTOS
South of the shooting about 90 minutes later at 12:30 p.m., at 31st and Pulaski and solidly in the territory of another gang, an 18-year-old man inside a car and a 22-year-old woman standing nearby were shot by someone who rolled up next to them in a gray SUV and started shooting. The man is on life support, police said.
Virginia Rodriguez heard the shots from the second floor of the two-flat across the street and shouted to her 16-year-old daughter to duck. "I have to barricade her in, she's not allowed to come out," Rodriguez said of her daughter.
Rodriguez then recounted seeing the young woman clutching her hip and laying down inside the lavanderia floor.
"I told my daughter, give me the phone, give me the phone, she's been shot," she said. "None of this s--- is theirs. These gangbangers, it's territory, territory, territory. It doesn't belong to youse."
A detective and a laundromat employee stood inside on a wet tile floor where the wounded woman had been. The employee had just finished mopping.
A couple officers guarded the crime scene and detectives questioned the store employees while district police chased "gang disturbances" and suspicious vehicles in the area – some SUVs circling the block, others speeding up and down Pulaski.
Police laid index cards over the shell casings that littered the street, but they blew into the parking lot with every occasional stiff wind.
Rodriguez didn't flinch when blocks to the west a few soft pops cut the otherwise repetitive sound of CTA buses and small cars trying to navigate around the crime scene.
As a baby-faced teen in an oversized white T-shirt and a loose-fitting ball cap walked by with two girls, Rodriguez pointed to them with disgust. It was after 1 a.m.
"These kids, they shouldn't be out here, all these g------ kids should be home," she said. "That's why the neighborhood is like this."