1 Killed, 2 Wounded In Englewood Shooting
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Updated 07/19/11 – 9:10 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) – One person was killed and two others, including an elderly man, were wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Englewood neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.
Police said three people were shot near 70th Street and Parnell Avenue at about 4 p.m. Witnesses said it was a drive-by shooting and police evidence technicians marked at least 17 bullet holes and fragments at the scene.
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An 18-year-old man died after he was shot in the chest, police said. A 17-year-old and an 88-year-old man were also injured in the shooting.
Witnesses said the gunman was targeting the two teenagers and the elderly man was an innocent bystander.
Arthur Bridgeford, 88, who was sitting on his porch, was shot in the arm and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical but stable condition, according to a Fire Department spokesperson.
The 17-year-old was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition.
Neighbors said the gunman opened fire on the two young men as they were returning from a store at 71st Street and Parnell Avenue to their home a block away. Bridgeford was struck by one of the bullets.
Bridgeford’s daughter, Kimberly Carter, said he was sitting in his favorite easy chair. People called in the neighborhood him “Pops” and, at the time of the shooting, he was simply passing the time as he normally did.
“That’s, that’s … I don’t know,” said. “He should have been able to, you know, just sit on the porch.”
Witness Cassandra Hobbs said she was angry that her elderly neighbor was caught in the gunfire.
“The old man … he don’t even do nothing, he sit on his porch every summer minding his own business. He’s a nice old man. He don’t do nothing to nobody,” she said. “It don’t make no sense, it don’t.”
Hobbs said the youngest victim struggled to the front porch of his home on the 6900 block of South Parnell Avenue.
“He holding his side and he was bleeding,” she said.
People in the neighborhood said it was the latest in a string of shootings in the area over the past couple of weeks. Some residents said it’s so bad, that they’re afraid to leave home.
Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.
(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report)