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Activist's son shot on South Side

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The call was short and to the point: "Dad, I've been shot."

Hal Baskin Sr., a South Side community activist, was just three blocks away when he got that call Monday evening. Baskin told the Chicago Sun-Times that he raced over to be with his 25-year-old son, who shares his first name.

"Thank God it wasn't more serious," the father said Tuesday morning, on his way to visit his son at Stroger Hospital.

A bullet hit the younger Baskin's hip, leaving fragments lodged in his stomach and chest, the father said.

Baskin Jr. and a friend were shot about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of 66th and Peoria streets, Baskin Sr. and fire officials said.

Baskin Sr. said his son had just dropped off the younger man's stepson and was talking to a friend on a porch on 66th, when someone opened fire. Baskin Sr. said he believes his son was not targeted.

"He said all he did was hear shots and feel pain," the father said. "He was trying to get out of the way."

The other man, Baskin's friend, suffered a graze wound to the head, Baskin Sr. said. The friend was being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.

The shootings were yet one more reminder that this kind of violence can happen to anyone, Baskin Sr. said.

"Yesterday, it was my day," the father said. "Until you change the socioeconomic dynamics of what's going on in these poorer communities, then this stuff is going to continue."

Area South detectives are investigating.

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