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2 wounded during separate shootings in Tri-Taylor, Roseland

By Rosemary Regina Sobol

Tribune reporter

8:38 AM CST, December 29, 2013

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Two people were wounded early Sunday morning in separate shootings on the Near West and Far South Sides.

In the first attack, a 42-year-old man was wounded about 1 a.m. during a gang-related shooting in the parking lot of a KFC in the 1100 block of South Western Avenue in the city's Tri-Taylor neighborhood, police said.

The 42-year-old was on a sidewalk near the lot when the gunman approached on foot and fired shots, hitting him in the left side of the face and in the left arm, police said. The shooter fled in a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle and the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

Nick Katsilieris, owner of Simpson's Tavern, 1133 S. Western Ave., said he was inside relaxing with patrons when a man stumbled in and said: "I've been shot."

Katsilieris called for an ambulance which arrived shortly along with multiple police officers. Katsilieris said nobody inside the tavern heard anything and the victim looked like he had a cut on his cheek and elbow.

Katsilieris said the last time he remembers a shooting near there was about a year ago.

"You want to relax, it's the holidays but once in a while these things happen," Katsilieris said.

"It just reminds you that you want to be careful."

Yellow crime scene tape surrounded a portion of the parking lot as two Chicago police cruisers and one squad car remained on the scene about an hour after it happened.

In a separate shooting about 1:45 a.m. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, one person was shot in the back in the 11300 block of South Harvard Avenue, police said.

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