A reputed street gang member was shot twice while sitting in a parked car in the 5900 block of West Superior Street in Chicago around 8 p.m. Friday night. Oak Park police responded after the man, who was reportedly chased by two assailants, ran to Austin Boulevard and Superior, across from West Suburban Hospital, where he collapsed on the sidewalk.

Chicago police say the 26-year-old man, a purported member of the Conservative Vice Lords, was sitting in a car around 8 p.m. when an unidentified person walked up and shot him in the leg through the windshield.

The man was transported to the trauma center at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment. Chicago Area 5 police are investigating the incident.

Oak Park police responded to the shooting and blocked off Austin Boulevard to traffic. Oak Park Commander Clemet Harbour said officers followed a blood trail to a car parked a block away on Superior Street. The car door was open and a bullet hole was seen in the windshield. Several expended shell casings, which were turned over to Chicago police, were found on the ground. Harbour said that when paramedics cut the victim’s pants off to treat his wounds, they discovered two large wads of cash.

Oak Park police said the victim has a extensive criminal record, including arrests for narcotics and weapons violations, aggravated battery and homicide.

Four years ago this month, another reputed Chicago gang member was murdered across from West Suburban Hospital after violence erupted between gang members. On Jan. 9, 2004, Keith Blackwell, 41, a suspected member of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords, was shot near Pine Avenue and Augusta Boulevard in Austin. He drove to West Suburban’s emergency room, but his killers caught up with him there and shot him a second time outside the emergency room entrance. Blackwell was rushed inside the hospital by West Suburban staff, but died 45 minutes later. The murder remains unsolved.

-Bill Dwyer

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