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Mid-afternoon 'O Block' shootout leaves 2 men shot, 1 critical

In the immediate aftermath of the investigation, there were 23+ rifle casings discovered, plus an additional 10+ and 7+ casings of unknown caliber found elsewhere around the location.


CHICAGO - Authorities are reporting a mid-afternoon shootout with more than 40 shots fired on Chicago's 'O Block' left two men shot, one in critical condition and the other in serious condition.



The incident happened in the 6400 block of S. Martin Luther King Drive around 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. The 6400 block of S. King Drive is more commonly known as 'O Block,' one of the most violent streets within the city limits.

Police said two people were shot.

The first victim is a 20-year-old male who was shot in the right arm. He was transported to University of Chicago hospital in critical condition with a large loss of blood.

The second victim is a 23-year-old male who sustained a gunshot wound to the face. That man self-transported in a black BMW to University of Chicago hospital in serious condition.

Witnesses said a gray Dodge Durango fled southbound on S. Martin Luther King Drive to escape the scene.

In the immediate aftermath of the investigation, there were 23+ rifle casings discovered, plus an additional 10+ and 7+ casings of unknown caliber found elsewhere around the location.

According to police, the victims were currently being uncooperative with the investigation.

No offenders are officially in custody and Area One detectives continue to investigate.



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