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South Shore Shooting Wounds Two Men in Pawn Shop

By Josh McGhee | May 16, 2014 11:32am | Updated on May 16, 2014 1:04pm
 The incident occurred in the 1900 block of East 79th Street about 10:15 a.m., police said.
Two Men Wounded During South Shore Robbery
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SOUTH SHORE — Two men were shot in an apparent pawn shop robbery in South Shore Friday morning, police said.

The men, 49 and 29, were both shot in a leg about 10:15 a.m. in the 1900 block of East 79th Street, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.

They were taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in stable condition, and no one is in custody, Sedevic said.

The shooting was inside the "Cash $4 Gold" pawn shop at 1957 E. 79th St. according to several merchants on the block who said they were not surprised by it.

South Shore "has its share of shootings," said Kay King, who had just stepped out of her beauty shop two doors down from the pawn shop and returned to see squad cars outside her shop.

"It makes me feel pretty tense and makes me wonder how long I can stay in the community," said King, whose shop has been in the neighborhood for 24 years. "It's overwhelming. I'm afraid, and it makes me nervous."

Herbert Frazier, who owns a wood-crafting shop directly across from the pawn shop, said he wasn't surprised by the shooting either.

"We're working hard to clean [the community] up around here. We do what we can to open up more businesses around here, but there's too many businesses who don't want to do the community any good," Frazier said.

Carolyn Maxwell said she was working next door to the pawn shop Friday when she heard what sounded like two cannons firing. She said after 20 years working in the location the incident hardly fazed her.

"I guess when you've been around here you get immune to it. It's just a way of life now," she said.

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