5 Shot in South Shore Neighborhood

Woman waiting for a bus among those injured

Monday, Dec 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:34 PM CDT
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Gunfire that erupted near a Currency Exchange store on the cities south side on Monday evening wounded five people, four critically. Rob Elgas reports.

Gunfire that erupted near a Currency Exchange store on the cities south side on Monday evening wounded five people, four critically. Rob Elgas reports.

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Witnesses said a woman waiting for a bus was one of five people wounded when gunfire erupted at a busy corner Monday evening in the South Shore neighborhood.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. in the 7500 block of South Exchange Avenue, outside a Western Union currency exchange store.

A woman sitting on a bench was hit, went inside the store and collapsed, witnesses said. At least three other men fell to the ground after being shot.

"It's just spots. It's not the whole community that's overran with gangs and shooting and all that. It's just spots," said resident Sidney Brooks.

The fire department said paramedics took two people in critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, two people in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and one person in good to fair condition to South Shore Hospital.

The corner is also near a Metra station and the Villa at Windsor Park Nursing & Rehab Center, which locked its doors after the shooting.

The Chicago Transit Authority said bus routes 71 and 75 were temporarily avoiding the area.

No one was in custody late Monday night.

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