Man severely wounded in shooting

By Jeremy Gorner
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 7, 2007, 3:22 AM CDT

A 24-year-old man was critically wounded on the Southwest Side Sunday night when he was shot by assailants who claimed he shot at them the day before, Chicago police said this morning.

Although the victim is an alleged member of the Gangster Disciple street gang, police said it's unclear if the shooting was gang-related or if it was merely a dispute between two groups of people from the neighborhood.

Two male assailants, approximately 17 and 19 years old, exited a four-door vehicle in the 7200 block of South Talman Avenue around 8:20 p.m. and began quarreling with the victim on the sidewalk.

"One of the offenders pulls out a weapon and states to the victim, 'You're the (expletive) who shot at us yesterday,'" said Chicago Lawn District Lt. Gerald Koch.

The victim, who was shot in the upper right part of his back, was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Koch said this morning.

Seven shell casings were found on the scene. They came from .40-caliber semiautomatic and 9 mm handguns, suggesting there might have been more than one shooter, Koch said.

The assailants were last seen wearing white T-shirts and blue jeans, according to the lieutenant. No one was in custody.

Wentworth Area detectives, who could not provide further information, were investigating the shooting this morning.