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Victim in Argyle Red Line Shooting a South Side Gang Member, Alderman Says

By Adeshina Emmanuel | December 19, 2013 8:24am
 About 2:10 a.m., on Dec. 18,  a 20-year-old man was shot  at the Argyle Red Line station in Uptown, police said.
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UPTOWN — A man who was shot at the Argyle Red Line station Wednesday morning was a South Side gang member who was "not from around" Uptown, according to Ald. Harry Osterman's office — but neighbors still fear retaliation.

Osterman (48th) released more information Wednesday about a shooting that occurred about 2:10 a.m. Wednesday when a 20-year-old man was shot at the station.

Osterman's chief of staff, Dan Luna, said later that "The victim was not from around here."

He is a "known" member of the Gangster Disciples street gang and lives on the city's South Side, according to Luna. The man was boarding a southbound train when a gunman "shouted a gang slogan," fired a single shot and hit him in the shoulder, according to Luna. The alleged gunman, Luna said, appeared to be a Hispanic man wearing dark clothing.

The wounded man rode the train one stop south from Argyle and exited at the Lawrence station, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.

Uptown resident Karen Turner, who lives in the area around Argyle Street, expressed concern that Uptown's latest shooting could spark attempts at revenge.

"Winter is quiet, but it comes in cycles," said Turner, 54. "There's always retaliation."

Turner, who said she heard five shots fired in the alley behind her house on Sunday, mentioned that her two daughters, 14 and 18, hop on the train at the Argyle station on weekday mornings to get to school.

No one is in custody for the shooting.