3 shot in Austin neighborhood near Lake, Central

April 7, 2014 (CHICAGO)

All three men were shot in the lower extremities, and one was also hit in the back, Chicago police said, just after 11 a.m. in what appears to be a drive-by shooting.

A 24-year-old who was hit in the abdomen was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in serious condition. A 22-year-old man who was shot in the buttocks is in stable condition at Stroger Hospital, and a 16-year-old boy who was hit in the leg was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

The shooting occurred across the street from a food pantry where people were waiting in line.

"You can't even walk home through Central without being worried about somebody walking behind you. They're going to be shot at, and you might be the one to get the bullet," a woman who did not wish to be identified, said.

The shooting in broad daylight leaves some residents calling for more patrols.

"These people on the West Side are real people," Camille said. "Real lives. Real struggles. They need help just like the ones on the North Side."

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