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Man Fatally Shot on South Side

By  Erica Demarest and Emily Morris | April 22, 2013 6:38am 

BACK OF THE YARDS — A man died after being shot Monday morning in an area of Back of the Yards that neighbors described as quiet.

Ricardo Carlin, 22, of the 4300 block of South Paulina Street, was walking along the sidewalk in the 1700 block of West 44th Street about 4:50 a.m. when he was shot in the back and the side of his face, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

Carlin was pronounced dead at 5:41 a.m. at John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.

No one was in custody for the shooting, Mirabelli said. Police said the man was affiliated with a gang.

Neighbors Gibron Lenero and Reyna Lenero said they woke up about 4:30 a.m. and heard arguing outside.

Soon after, Reyna Lenero heard shots, she said.

The couple, who moved to the area four months ago, said it's a quiet residential street that's well patrolled by police, and nothing like this has happened since they've been here.

"It's just families," Gibron Lenero said.

Reyna Lenero said she's "a little bit" scared because the couple has two young daughters.

"This was just a couple meters from our house," Gibron Lenero said.

Another local resident, Jose Gemenez, said he's lived in different houses on the same street in this neighborhood for more than 30 years.

He didn't hear anything and was shocked when he saw cop cars and crime scene tape while getting his kids ready for school.

"I'm kind of surprised because there's a lot of police around here," Gemenez said. "We don't see the violence here usually."

He said the area was worse years ago, but things seemed to be getting better.

"It's not in this area, not on this side of the park," Gemenez said.