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Alderman & Police Have Doubts About Shooting Reported At 103rd & Western

By Howard Ludwig | January 9, 2017 3:36pm

BEVERLY — Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) said Monday afternoon he has serious doubts about a shooting reported at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the 10300 block of South Western Avenue in Beverly.

A 25-year-old man told police he was shot in the arm at the busy intersection by another driver. He took himself to MetroSouth Hospital in suburban Blue Island, where his condition was not available but he was listed as "stable," police said.

"I don't believe it happened there. The Chicago Police Department doesn't believe it happened there" O'Shea said, having just spoken with Chicago Police Cmdr. Mark Harmon.

O'Shea said the victim is a known gang member "who has been shot before." After giving a preliminary statement, the victim then refused to cooperate with police at the hospital, he said.

Nevertheless, police canvassed the intersection searching for bullet casings and other evidence. They also checked for any 911 calls from the area. They found nothing, O'Shea said.

"Nobody heard or saw anything," O'Shea said. "Unfortunately that will go down as a shooting in our community because it cannot be disproved."

Harmon, who heads the Morgan Park District, said the victim told police he drove himself to the hospital after being shot, but his car wasn't there when police asked to take a look at the vehicle. He also said the victim has a history in the Chicago Lawn and Englewood police districts.

"This guy appears to be lying but we can't prove where he got shot," Harmon said. "We have to take victim's word unless we prove otherwise."

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