Man, Woman Critical after 7-Eleven Shooting in Chicago Lawn

(Tribune) When the man-made eye contact with the people inside a vehicle that had been circling the Chicago Lawn block Monday morning, it was like a sixth sense kicked in.
The 49-year-old trusted his gut, which compelled him to scurry inside the 7-Eleven in front of him and hide out of fear. Then the gunshots rang out.

“I grew up in Humboldt Park, so I know that look … that look that’s like they’re up to no good,” said the man, who declined to be identified for fear of retribution.

Chicago police said a double shooting unfolded around 3:20 a.m. in the 3100 block of West 61st Street. A man and woman were walking outside when a dark SUV drove up and someone got out to open fire on them.

The man, 40, was shot in the head, ankle and leg, while the woman, 30, was hit in the left eye and leg and grazed in the right shoulder. They were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, both in critical condition, police said.

The SUV escaped north on Kedzie Avenue, police said. No arrests have been made.

After the shooting, cars bearing late-night customers continued pulling into the 7-Eleven parking lot next to the crime scene, which was contained to a sliver of 61st Street between the convenience store and a late-night bar. Some customers hesitated before exiting their vehicles upon seeing the red tape, which is usually a sign of a more serious shooting.

The 49-year-old said he lives nearby and frequents that 7-Eleven around midnight every day to buy glazed donuts. On Monday, his trip was delayed a couple hours because his grandchildren were visiting and he had been waiting for them to fall asleep.

When he at last left and headed toward the 7-Eleven, a dark blue or black Yukon SUV passed him on 61st Street, its occupants rolling down the windows just enough so all he could he were their eyes, the 49-year-old said.

“They looked all crazy,” he said, still clutching his bag of uneaten donuts while watching officers work the scene. “Thank God I came in the store.”

Jonathan Green, an employee at the 7-Eleven, said he chatted with the 49-year-old right before the gunfire broke out. The man had rushed inside and said, “The guys out there are looking like they’re on some bullc—.”

Seconds later, Green heard about 10 gunshots. The 28-year-old ran out the store and saw a man in a blue shirt splayed on the asphalt of 61st Street, blood pooling around his head. A woman who was also shot was screaming.

Green ran back inside to get his phone and call 911, he said. After the ambulances whisked away the victims and the shooting scene was secured by police, Green returned to his shift.

“Man, I’m used to seeing stuff like this,” he said.

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