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Man Shot in the Head Listed in Critical Condition

By Darryl Holliday | May 13, 2013 12:37am
 A 19-year-old man was shot in Auburn Gresham Sunday.
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AUBURN GRESHAM — Two unidentified males were shot Sunday night, including a 15-year-old boy.

The other male, an unidentified 20-year-old, was in critical condition after he was shot in the head, police said. The shooting occurred about 6:20 p.m. near a corner store at 79th and Paulina streets.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, whose St. Sabina's Catholic church sits about 6 blocks east, arrived at the scene after a friend notified him. Earlier in the day, he said he had been at a Mother's Day meeting for mothers who had lost their children to gun violence.

Pfleger said the area has been relatively calm since September — but he hopes this isn't the start of new series of retaliation.

The pastor said that mediation efforts with local groups seem to be having an effect, but a new group in a small set of nearby blocks may be fighting for territory and "street reputation."

"Me, personally, I'm fed up," said Joseph Johnson.

The 28-year-old said that in his six years living in the area, he's witnessed three fatal shootings.

"It's like its open season on everybody," he added. "Someone's got to take charge, because if not, this'll keep happening."

Johnson didn't witness the shooting himself, but said a witness saw men fire at the two victims from a black car traveling east on 79th Street.

Though the 20-year-old victim initially was reported by authorities to have died, he is listed in critical condition.The 15-year-old was shot in the arm and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition, Chicago Fire Department officials said.