CHICAGO (CBS) — Four people are in custody in connection with the shooting of a man that occurred early Tuesday in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.

Relying on a tip from two witnesses, police flooded the area with patrol cars and were quickly able to track down a 1998 Ford van seen fleeing the shooting, which occurred about midnight in the 6200 block of South Michigan Ave., police said.

The four people were arrested after the occupants of the van ditched the vehicle in an abandoned parking lot near West 63rd Street and South Wells and tried to flee, police said.

“They just didn’t have anywhere to go,” said Grand Crossing District Lt. Laurel Bresnahan, who praised her officers as well as the witnesses who relayed a description of the van. “Without witnesses, without the public help we would never be able to get these cases together.”

The victim of the shooting — described as a man in his 20s — was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with at least one gunshot wound to his side, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing a preliminary report.

The man’s condition was not known.

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