Crime

Police search for suspect after man shot outside Washington Park store

A man was shot twice in his leg Sunday night while he was leaning over inside of a car talking to another man on 43rd Street and Bunkum Avenue in Washington Park.

Washington Park Police Chief Allen Bonds said police received a call that shots were fired with a man down at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. A housing authority officer and a Washington Par police officer responded to the area.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but his medical condition was not available Monday afternoon.

Bonds said the man who was shot was standing in the doorway of a store there that the community refers to as the “Orange Store,” because the building is painted orange. Another man pulled up in a car, at which point the man standing in the doorway walked over to speak with him, Bonds said.

“A black male subject came from the Roosevelt Homes and walked alongside of the building, crossed the street and walked onto the parking lot and started shooting,” Bonds said.

The man who was shot in the leg receded and returned fire. Bonds said about 15 rounds were expended.

Police are reviewing video surveillance of the shooting as part of the investigation.

“The guy who started the shooting ran eastbound from the store into a wooded area. The (man who was shot) back peddled to the side of the store where there is a drive through window. When police got to him he was still shooting his gun. They told him to throw his gun on the ground — he complied,” Bonds said.

Bonds said the man was shot twice in one of his legs. The bullets came from a .45 caliber gun, Bonds said.

Police confiscated the .40 caliber gun the man used to fire back at the gunman.

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Washington Park Police Department at 618-874-0115

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18
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