7 seriously injured in shooting in south Chicago

Two people are in critical condition and five others are in serious condition after a mass shooting at a South Chicago mall on Sunday.

At 3:40 p.m. Sunday, a car pulled up in front of a group of people standing outside Little Caesars pizzeria in the 7900 block of South Exchange Avenue, the Chicago Police Superintendent said. David Brown, who referred to video officers, had reviewed the shooting.

After a brief discussion, someone in the vehicle opened fire “almost immediately”, injuring seven adults, Brown said. Two people were in critical condition and five others in serious condition.

He said police weren’t sure if the shooting was targeted or if there was an argument during the exchange of words.

Brown said there was no exchange of gunfire, although police are unsure if there was more than one shooter. Police did not know if there was a second car involved in the shooting.

About 60 casings could be seen along 79th Street.

Police surrounded the area where seven people were shot on March 13, 2022 in south Chicago.

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“One shooting is one too many,” Brown said. “…Whether this is a targeted shooting or an altercation, this is unacceptable, and we will put our best efforts to resolve this shooting and bring those involved to justice.”

Brown asked anyone who was in the area or knew what was going on to come forward and help the police. No one was in custody Sunday night.

Police surrounded a mall housing a Little Caesars, a sandwich shop and a phone shop. Part of a residential neighborhood on Exchange Avenue was also sealed off by police.

Two young children watched as police dealt with the scene from a window in a building off 79th Street. Officers placed evidence markers on 79th Street.

About a handful of nearby residents gathered as they tried to figure out what had happened.

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