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Monday, March 25, 2013

NEWS: Shooting victim seeks refuge at Bellwood church

--Except for the shooting part of the story it is very confusing with statements from the police chief and the director of public safety.
One spokesperson makes life easier.
After that, even though it is still cold, this is just the beginning for the 'Woods.--
Duke

Story at Chicago Tribune

By Jennifer Delgado and Rosemary Regina Sobol
Tribune reporters
4:24 PM CDT, March 24, 2013

A 21-year-old man was shot in the back and collapsed outside of a church where churchgoers found him this afternoon in west suburban Bellwood, police said.

Bellwood Chief of Police Rodney Boyd said police responded to a call of shots fired at Bellwood and Wilcox avenues at 1:59 p.m.

The victim was walking down the street in the 800 block of Bellwood Avenue when someone approached and shot him in the back, said Police Dir. of Public Safety Andre Harvey.

The victim ran around the corner and collapsed outside the Monroe Baptist Church at 3501 Monroe St. where churchgoers assisted him, Harvey said. Church services were going on at the time, Boyd said.

The victim, who Harvey said was "talking and conscious and alert," was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was being treated for at least one gunshot wound to the right side of his body, said Boyd.  Harvey said he'd been shot in the lower back.

"He did not lose consciousness," Harvey said.

Aketha Moore was dropping off food for one of the deacons at Monroe Baptist Church in Bellwood on Sunday afternoon when she heard a man screaming and saw him running toward her.

"He came to me for help," said Moore, of Bellwood. "He was crying for help."

Moore said the man was bleeding from the right side of his back. Quickly, she pounded on the brown church doors and called 911. Then, the man collapsed.

Moore, a nurse, applied pressure to the wound on the man's back using his clothes as they waited for paramedics to arrive. She said he was conscious when the ambulance took him away.

As they waited, he told her he didn't know who shot him, Moore said.

"It's really disturbing because we don't see things like that around here," she said. "For it to happen right in front of the church, it's really scary."

Boyd said it was too early to tell if the shooter was on foot or if there was more than one assailant.

A motive was not clear for the attack and the victim said he did not see the shooter, according to Harvey, who said at least one shell casing was found on Bellwood Avenue.

No arrests have been made, said Harvey.

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