Woman, 69, Wounded in Drive-By

Woman, another man were attending a barbeque in the Morgan Park neighborhood

Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 9:23 PM CDT
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Members of the anti-violence group Cease Fire on the scene of a shooting near South Carpenter Avenue and West 113th Street.

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A 69-year-old woman was among two people wounded in a Morgan Park neighborhood drive-by shooting Friday evening.

The woman and a 33-year-old man were shot about 5:25 p.m. near South Carpenter Avenue and West 113th Street, said police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien, citing preliminary information.

People in the area told NBC Chicago the pair were attending a barbeque.

"The gang violence out here between these three rival gangs from 111th to 119th (streets), they're just tearing up our community over here. We are trying to figure out what we could do, you know, with the alderman's office, the police department and Cease Fire out here working, we just need more help from the community," said Lemuel Austin, who lives in the area and works in Ald. Carrie Austin's (34th) office. "The community knows these gang bangers. They know where they live, but they're afraid to speak up.

The woman was struck in the left leg, while the man was shot in the ankle, police said. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Area South detectives are investigating.

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