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Rogers Park Shooting: Woman Says Son, Grandson Were Hit After Visiting Her

By Benjamin Woodard | March 28, 2014 1:24pm | Updated on March 28, 2014 2:30pm
 Two men were wounded in a Rogers Park shooting Friday afternoon, police said.
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ROGERS PARK — Cloteria Cooperwood said her son and grandson were shot on Morse Avenue Friday as they were leaving her apartment.

They were visiting her on her 79th birthday, she said.

"I could see him when he fell," she said, standing with her walker and smoking a cigarette in the entry of her apartment building. "I don't know what happened, who did it, why."

Police said two men, 41 and 25, were wounded in the shooting about 12:10 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of West Morse Avenue.

One man was shot in his right leg, and the other man was shot in his buttocks, police said. Both are in stable condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, police said.

Cooperwood, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years, said she saw her son get shot in the leg from her fifth-floor window.

She said at least one gunman pointed his weapon at her son's wife, as well. The gun either didn't discharge or misfired, witnesses said.

"It's terrible because I don't know what happened," she said, adding that her son and grandson didn't have any enemies in the neighborhood. Robbery didn't appear to be a motive since her grandson's belongings were still in the car after the shooter fled, she said.

Friday afternoon police secured the scene, blocking off Morse Avenue from Greenview Avenue to Ashland Avenue.

"We heard the shots," said James W., who took a first aid kit and water to one of the victims. He declined to provide his full name.

He said the victim who was shot in the leg told him, "I'm OK; I'm thirsty," when he first approached him.

The other victim hobbled across the street, he said, before police and medical personnel arrived and loaded them into ambulances.

Cooperwood said she was waiting for her sister-in-law to give her a ride to the hospital.

This is the second shooting in Rogers Park this week.

On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man was shot in his leg in the 7400 block of North Ashland Avenue, police said. The man was standing on the sidewalk with a woman when two men walked up and began shooting.

Police said the victim was taken in good condition to St. Francis Hospital and that the shooting may have been gang-related.

In February, a masked gunman shot four teenagers, one fatally, in a Clark Street McDonald's parking lot not far from Friday's shooting.

Markeyo Carr, 17, was killed in the brazen daylight attack.

A police source said the shooter might have been targeting an Uptown rapper in the group who was injured in the shooting.

No arrests have been made.