ENGLEWOOD — Englewood residents said they were expecting more gunfire Wednesday morning after a spate of shootings in the area left one man dead and three others injured.
The latest shooting was about 9:40 a.m., when a man in his 20s was shot in his legs near 58th and Morgan streets, said Officer John Mirabelli, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Around the same time at the same intersection, a man in his 50s was hit in his back by the same gunman, who emerged from a vehicle to fire the shots, then drove off, police said. Both men were hospitalized, the older man in serious-to-critical condition and the younger victim listed as "stable," authorities said.
"This block used to be the quietest block," said 39-year-old Englewood resident Lashawn, who declined to give her last name. "I've lived here all my life. Now look at it."
Overnight, about 1:30 a.m., a short distance away in the 5800 block of South Sangamon Street, a 32-year-old man was shot dead, and a 28-year-old man suffered a bullet wound, police said.
Jason Scott, of the 5600 block of South May Street, was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:50 a.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
Neighbors said shootings in the area are fairly common, and some chalked them up to "drugs and turf" problems. They said the Wednesday morning shootings were likely retaliation for the overnight homicide, and they expect more retaliation could be on the way.
"We're used to it," Lashawn said of the shootings.
It happens so often, she said, that they all know what to do when the bullets start flying.
"If it's close enough, we get on the floor. Then when it's over, we come outside to see what happened," she said.
Neighbors said summer is the worst time for violence in the area, but it was less expected during the day.
"They used to wait until nighttime," Lashawn said. "What happened?"