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Two gunmen shoot man pumping gas at busy station

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Two men opened fire -- in broad daylight -- on a man while he was pumping gas at a busy gas station.

Illinois State Police say they don't know why the man was targeted but that a shooting this bold puts everyone in danger.

What struck me as so sad about this whole story is the innocent people who say they feel trapped.  They've gotten so used to the violence in Washington Park, Illinois that business continued inside the gas station while crime scene investigators collected shell casings outside.

Illinois State Police tell me a 21-year-old man is in serious condition at St. Louis University Hospital after two men shot him in the back.  It happened while he was getting ready to pump gas at the BP station at the busy -- and very visible -- corner of Route 111 and Bunkum Road.  The gunmen fired off 20 shots.  Yellow evidence markers peppered the parking lot, covering the shell casings of two different weapons.

"It's stupid.  It's not random though," Deshaun Gage, a clerk at the BP station, says.  "It's a case where somebody from one hood doesn't like somebody from another hood, and (the gunmen) caught (the victim) out here getting gas.  They're killing people for stupid reasons, like for real, literally.  People are just dropping like flies; a lot of people my age.  I'm just 21.  It's real hard, because it's sad because we can't quit because we need our job.  We need our job, so it's like we put ourselves in danger."

Police have surveillance video from a nearby business but are not releasing it because the gunmen's faces are not clear.  If you know who they are, please break the code of silence and call police.  You don't have to give your name.

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