Man beaten with pole, bat on South Side

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A man was critically injured early Saturday after he was beaten by multiple people near the Sox-35th Street Red Line station on the South Side.

The 24-year-old man was in a “verbal altercation” with three other people about 3 a.m. in the 100 block of West 35th Street when they started beating him, Chicago police said. One of them took out a metal pole and struck him on the head.

Meanwhile, someone in a separate group of four people came up to the 24-year-old and struck him on the head with a bat, police said. Both groups left in separate vehicles.

Paramedics took the man to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, according to police.

Area Central detectives were investigating.

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