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Shooting Victim Drives Self, Injured Friends to Hospital

By  Lizzie Schiffman Tufano and Chloe Riley | December 31, 2012 10:18am | Updated on December 31, 2012 3:39pm

CHICAGO — A man who was shot on the Northwest Side Sunday drove himself and two other injured men to the hospital before he died, police said.

About 10 p.m., Junior Estudillo, 19, and two other men were approached by a gunman in the 3300 block of North Keeler Avenue and shot multiple times, authorities said.

One man was struck in the abdomen, another Hispanic male of an unknown age was shot in the face and shoulder, and a 25-year-old Hispanic male was shot in the back and buttocks, police said.

The man who later died from his injuries, identified as Estudillo by the Cook County medical examiner's office, drove himself and the other victims to Norwegian American Hospital after the shooting, police said.

Estudillo was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital at 12:16 a.m. Monday, officials said. The other victims are in stable condition, police said.

Yamil Lopez, 38, a neighbor who has lived for 12 years in a house a few doors down from where the shooting took place, said he heard shots about 10 p.m., then saw "a couple of guys get into a car in a hurry" a few minutes later.

Lopez, a former Maniac Latin Disciples gang member, said he's planning to move out of the neighborhood where he's seen an increase in gun violence  in the last year.

"The neighborhood is getting really bad," Lopez said. "I've been sitting in my car and seen guys eyeball me and try to figure out who I am."

Lopez said police don't patrol the area enough, and said there is no security camera at Keeler Avenue and School Street, where the incident took place, which is near Scammon Elementary School.

Lopez said he feels lucky he quit gang life when he was young, and lamented seeing "a lot of younger kids trying to prove themselves to their homies."

"Sometimes we all don't get the blessings to come to our senses at a certain age," he said. "Sometimes you get snuffed out young."