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Man Shot After Denying He Was in a Gang, Prosecutors Say

 Terrell Griffin, 23, of the 7200 block of South Vernon Avenue.
Terrell Griffin, 23, of the 7200 block of South Vernon Avenue.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man shot another man after he denied being part of a gang in Greater Grand Crossing earlier this week, prosecutors said Sunday.

Terrell Griffin, 23, was charged with aggravated battery with a gun.

A 20-year-old man was returning from a store on Tuesday when he encountered Griffin standing on a staircase near his home in the 7300 block of South Vernon Avenue, according to Assistant State's Attorney Ron Park and police documents.

Griffin asked if he wanted to buy pot, and the man said no, Park said. As the man walked up the stairs to enter his home, Griffin asked him if he was affiliated with the Black Disciples, Park said.

When the man said he wasn't, Griffin pulled out a gun and fired four or five shots, hitting the man in his foot, Park said. The injured man's hospital information was not immediately available.

Griffin, a Black Disciples member, was identified as the shooter through a photo lineup, according to police. Cops eventually tracked him down and arrested him on Saturday in the 400 block of East 71st Street, according to police.

Judge James Brown ordered Griffin, of the 7200 block of South Vernon Avenue, held on a $750,000 bail Sunday.