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Man with psychological disabilities significantly wounded whereas ready for bus with youthful brother and father. ‘He was the unfortunate one.’

Philip Rega’s sons have psychological disabilities and are nonverbal, so he would not depart them alone for very lengthy.

Each morning in the course of the week, Rega is by their facet whereas they watch for a bus that takes their sons to high school. On Wednesday, they had been on the bus cease in entrance of their Again of the Yards dwelling when three folks approached and began yelling gang slogans.

Rega mentioned he was about to dial 911 when gunfire erupted—practically 40 rounds by the police rely.

His older son Jesus Rega, 21, was hit 3 times, together with as soon as within the head. The elder Rega and his different are his, 15, weren’t damage.

Jesus Rega was taken in crucial situation to Stroger Hospital, the place Rega mentioned his son underwent surgical procedure. “Proper now he is alive and nicely, thank God,” he mentioned. “However he is nonetheless not out of the woods, he’ll be within the hospital for at the least a couple of extra weeks. He was the unfortunate one this morning.”

Chicago Police Cmdr. Don Jerome informed reporters that the gang members walked as much as Rega and his sons de ella within the 4700 block of South Wolcott Avenue round 6:40 am “As a result of they shouted out gang slogans [we believe] that is an effort to establish if the victims on this case had been in reality gang members themselves, which they weren’t,” he mentioned.

Nonetheless, the gang members opened hearth. Town’s gunshot detection system registered 39 rounds, and a number of shell casings had been discovered on the scene, Jerome mentioned. A number of the bullets hit houses alongside the block. The suspects ran north and no arrests have been reported.

Bullet holes and a shattered window at a house close to the place a 21-year-old man was critically wounded whereas standing along with his father and 15-year-old brother within the 4700 block of South Wolcott Avenue Wednesday.

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“It is terribly brazen,” he mentioned. “Nobody ought to be shot, not to mention shot whereas standing [and] ready for a college bus. No father ought to see his youngsters shot like this.”

Rega mentioned Jesus likes to remain inside and spend time watching movies on YouTube. His favorites of him are wrestling movies, and he loves the “Shrek” film. “He would not actually go anyplace, besides with us, his mother and father from him,” he mentioned. Jesus and his brother de él had been on their method to Martin Luther King School Prep Wednesday morning.

Rega mentioned he has lived within the neighborhood for the final 15 years and is aware of it has seen its share of gun violence, however hadn’t skilled it himself till Wednesday’s assault. “It occurs on a regular basis on this neighborhood however not on this block specifically,” he mentioned.

The identical gang is believed accountable for a taking pictures hours later within the 4300 block of South Wooden Road that focused an off-duty cop who investigators consider was additionally mistakenly focused as a rival. Jerome mentioned it did not seem the identical shooters had been concerned in that assault.

Ald. Raymond Lopez, whose fifteenth Ward contains the Rega’s neighborhood, blamed the assault on gang members who “felt it was their proper to confront folks they do not acknowledge and shoot at them with impunity.”

“The group must step up. Folks must say sufficient,” he mentioned. “And they should come ahead, not solely to deliver the shooters to justice, however to place an finish to this nonsense in our neighborhoods.”

Jerome mentioned anybody with details about the taking pictures can name Space 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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Bullet holes and a shattered window at a house close to the place a 21-year-old man was critically wounded whereas standing along with his father and his 15-year-old brother within the 4700 block of South Wolcott Avenue Wednesday.

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