One Dead, Five Wounded in Shooting at South Side Store

Shooting happened about 6 p.m. in the 1400 block of West 79th Street

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    Four of the five wounded were taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the fire department, and the fifth person was taken in good to fair condition to Holy Cross Hospital. (Published Thursday, Mar 29, 2012)

    One male is dead and five others were wounded after being shot inside a convenience store Thursday evening on the South Side.

    Six people were shot about 6 p.m. at a community grocery store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street.

    A fire department spokesperson said the slain person was a male whose age was not yet known. Five others were wounded. All the victims are between 16 and 25 years old.

    "These are kids, these are kids that maybe have a future ahead of them. Kids are taking away from each other," said Tasha Hudlun, whose 16-year-old son, Jeremiah Jones, was among the injured. "I want my kids to grow up and have grandkids.  This is crazy. ... It's senseless killing, it's over something maybe really stupid, it's senseless."

    Pastor Londale McNeal said he heard 10 to 12 shots and saw a gray vehicle sitting outside the store.

    The Rev. Michael Pleger pleaded for help in the case.

    "It’s 6 o’clock at night and there’s a police camera across the street that should have captured everything,” he said. "(But) people saw what happened. Now people need to talk. We should not just be outraged about what happened to Trayvon [Martin], but about six people shot in daylight in Chicago.”

    Pfleger said the shooting was gang related.

    "If you really care about black kids getting shot, open your mouth, call police, call St. Sabina, call someone today," he said.

    Four of the five wounded were taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to the fire department, and the fifth person was taken in good to fair condition to Holy Cross Hospital.

    The wounds ranged from chest to feet. Detectives said the police camera in the area is operational and that the footage will be reviewed.