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Chicago's (Englewood) Residents living in FEAR, PTSD and GANG VIOLENCE!

Teenager killed, two wounded in shooting

Tuesday afternoon, Bridgeford’s recliner sat empty. A balled-up bloody shirt lay a few feet away on the porch.
Bridgeford, 87, was the lucky one. A bullet grazed Bridgeford’s right arm as he sat on his porch when someone opened fire about 4 p.m. Tuesday near South Parnell and West 70th. The same gunfire took the life of an 18-year-old man and left a 17-year-old boy with a bullet in his abdomen, police said.
The bullets came during what appears to have been a drive-by shooting, but Bridgeford likely was not the intended target, authorities said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the death of Theadore Thomas. He was shot in the chest and back just outside Bridgeford’s home. The 17-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition, authorities said. Police said the shooter fled the scene.
Kimberly Carter, Bridgeford’s daughter, said her father has lived at the same address on Parnell Avenue all of his life, and she said it made no sense that an old man would not be safe sitting on his own porch, minding his own business.
“That’s just ridiculous,” Carter said Tuesday evening.
Carter said she was inside her father’s house when the gunfire began, and she said she did not get a look at the shooter.
Farther north on Parnell, drops of blood led to another porch, where the 17-year-old victim collapsed. Cassandra Hobbs, 23, lives next door to that home.
Hobbs said her 5-year-old daughter and two nieces had just gone outside to play in the sprinklers when they ran back inside five minutes later, yelling: “They’re out there shooting! Call 911!”
Hobbs said she stepped outside and saw a man with dreadlocks and wearing a white T-shirt staggering up the steps to her neighbor’s house. The man was clutching his side and bleeding profusely, Hobbs said.
A few moments later, a woman came out, Hobbs said. The woman saw the injured man and started yelling, “My baby got shot! My baby got shot!”
Hobbs said she knows neither the woman nor the man she saw bleeding on the porch.
Hobbs fumed when she talked about the kind of indifference that would make someone open fire on a street with kids playing. “When you see kids outside, what makes you shoot?” she said. “It don’t make no sense, and that’s what makes me angry.”