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3 men hurt in South Shore shooting

The men were walking on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when an unknown vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, Chicago police said.

Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

Three men were wounded in a shooting Wednesday evening in the South Shore neighborhood.

Just after 6:30 p.m., the men, 32, 53, and 64, were walking on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when an unknown vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, Chicago police said.

All three men suffered gunshot wounds to the leg and the 53-year-old was also struck in the arm, police said.

They were all transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, according to police.

More than 30 shell casings littered the ground on both sides of 71st Street.

Crime tape blocked off the intersections of 71st and Clyde, Merrill, and Paxton Avenues — stretching at least three blocks. A trail of blood began on the north side of 71st, crossing over the train tracks and around the corner on Merrill Avenue.

Just behind the tape on Merrill, a birthday party continued with a group of children running around nearby.

Less than three weeks ago, one person was killed and five others wounded in a mass shooting near the corner of 71st Street and Clyde Avenue.

In that attack, six people were standing outside in the 2000 block of East 71st Street around 8:45 p.m. when a gunman opened fire from a passing black SUV, according to police.

Residents enjoy a birthday party Wednesday evening while Chicago police investigate in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Residents enjoy a birthday party Wednesday evening while Chicago police investigate in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times
Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times
Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Chicago police investigate Wednesday evening in the 2100 block of East 71st Street in South Shore, where three men were shot and wounded.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times