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Elmwood Park residents want action after shooting on Chicago border

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - After a drive-by shooting last week in the Northwest Dunning neighborhood, residents of a nearby village are demanding action from local officials, Pioneer Press is reporting.

A 22-year-old man was sitting in a car in the 7500 block of West Barry Avenue about 7:30 p.m. June 12 when a van drove alongside and someone inside fired shots, striking the man in the torso and neck, police said.

The victim was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in critical condition, police said. The incident is under investigation and appears to be gang-related.

The shooting technically took place across the street from Elmwood Park’s border with Chicago, but residents say it’s too close for comfort.

Those who live on the 3000 and 3100 blocks of 76th Avenue, and the surrounding area went to the podium at the June 16 Village Board meeting to call for action.

Many said they no longer feel they can let their children play outside; some are afraid of retaliation for talking to police; and others say they may move out of the village.

Village President Angelo “Skip” Saviano said Elmwood Park and Chicago police are on the case.

“It’s tragic when these things occur,” he said. “I have confidence in our police department and Chicago Police Department that this doesn’t happen again.”

He encouraged residents not to be afraid and to stay in communication with police.

“You’re our best resource in fighting crime in our town,” he said.

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