ROGERS PARK — Two men were shot Monday afternoon in separate shootings in the neighborhood, police said.
About 1:10 p.m., a man was critically wounded after being shot twice in the back, police said. A police source said the 22-year-old victim was a "documented gang member."
He was standing on a sidewalk in the 7600 block of North Ashland Avenue, near Willye B. White Park and across the street from Gale Elementary School, when the shooter approached him and opened fire, striking him twice in the back, said Bari Lemmon, a police spokeswoman.
The suspect then fled in a red vehicle.
The victim was taken in critical condition to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.
Residents at the scene said they heard two or three gunshots. Police guarded the crime scene, which included a small pool of blood on a sidewalk at the base of a four-story apartment building at Ashland and Jonquil Terrace.
Rogers Park "is coming up, but the gangs are really putting a hole in it," lifelong Rogers Park resident, 24, said at the scene.
About 4:10 p.m., firefighters arrived to clean the blood from the sidewalk. Ten minutes later, the firefighters and a remaining police officer left the scene.
A blue-light police camera is installed at the intersection.
About the same time the firefighters arrived, another man, also 22, was shot in the 2000 block of West Birchwood Avenue, police said.
He was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and was listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, police said.
No one is in custody for the shootings, police said.
In May, six people were shot in the neighborhood — none fatally, according to an analysis by DNAinfo Chicago.
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