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Teen Who Shot Self in Groin Among Three Shot

By Erica Demarest | March 16, 2013 8:33am | Updated on March 16, 2013 11:26am
 Three men were wounded overnight in shootings across the city, police said.
Three men were wounded overnight in shootings across the city, police said.
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CHICAGO — At least three people were wounded in shootings across the city Friday night and Saturday morning, including one man who claimed he was attacked by people in "ninja-like masks."

At 8:15 p.m. Friday, a 17-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the lower groin area on the 3300 block of North Harlem Avenue in Dunning, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

The Elmwood Park teen, who is a self-admitted gang member, first claimed that two men dressed in black clothing and ninja-like masks jumped out of a black van and shot him, Mirabelli said.

But as police proceeded with the investigation, they found multiple inconsistencies, Mirabelli said. The young man repeatedly changed his version of events.

It was finally revealed, Mirabelli said, that while riding in a car with female acquaintances, the teen accidentally shot himself in the lap with a gun he was handling.

He was treated at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, and is in stable condition, police said.

In Humboldt Park, a 45-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 800 block of North Kedvale Avenue about 12:14 a.m., said Officer Ron Gaines, a police spokesman. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

No one is in custody, and police are investigating, Gaines said.

And about 2 a.m. on the Near West Side, a 25-year-old man was shot in the lower torso on the 1300 block of West Randolph Street, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman. The man was taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital.

Two groups got into an altercation, and someone pulled a gun and fired shots, Mirabelli said. No one is in custody, and Area Central detectives are investigating, he said.

No further information was available.