Man, 56, shot cleaning gutters in Chicago Lawn - New York News

Man, 56, shot cleaning gutters in Chicago Lawn

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man in his 50s was struck by gang crossfire while cleaning a neighbor’s gutter Thursday afternoon in the Chicago Lawn community, area residents said.

The man was shot in the back in the 2300 block of West of 72nd Street about 1:45 p.m., police said.

“He was cleaning his neighbor’s gutters,” neighbor Robert Robinson told the Sun-Times. He just was standing out there, and the car rolled by and they got to shooting ... he wound up being the only one getting shot. He had nothing to do with it.

“When I found out he got shot, it hurt me. I wanted to slam my phone on the ground that’s how mad I was. This has got to stop. All this shooting, it’s practically every day. Back and forth shooting.”

Paramedics took the man in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

Neighbors said the man, who had six brothers and three sisters, regularly walked his sister’s dog throughout the neighborhood.

“My grand kids, they can’t even come over anymore,” said longtime neighbor Diane Pryor. “I had to call their mother today to tell them what happened ... and she said my grand kids cannot come over here anymore. It’s too dangerous. It’s too dangerous for me to go back and forth from my garage, to go to the store, to church. It’s too damn dangerous. Our community is just lost. No one cares.”

Nobody has been charged for the shooting.

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