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Man crashes into West Pullman garage, speeding away from gunman

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 38-year-old West Pullman man lost control of his car and crashed into a brick garage early Friday while fleeing a gunman who shot him twice.

Police said the man was getting into his car outside his home in the 600 block of West 117th when a gunman approached and opened fire about 5:45 a.m.

The man was in surgery early Friday at Advocate Christ Hospital, said his cousin Terry West.

Neighbors said the victim prized his rust-color 1991 Chevrolet Caprice with the sparkling 24-inch silver rims, a car that now sat crumpled under bricks.

"That's a show car," said Michelle Grasker, 34.

Nona Wilburn, 84, was asleep when she shouted to wake her husband, Daniel, 86, after hearing the crash. Daniel Wilburn at first thought the noise was someone flying over speed bumps in the street, not someone crashing into their garage in the 11600 block of South Lowe.

"The Bible says don't be surprised — terrible things are going to happen. But it doesn't say anything about the garage," said Nona Wilburn.

As Daniel Wilburn surveyed the shattered bricks strewn around his neatly clipped yard with the little fountain, he stared at the parts that he used to repair neighbors' lawnmowers with.

"Young people. They terrible. They living in another world," he said.

Nona Wilburn said she has grown so worried about her neighborhood of more than 20 years that she rarely ventures out except for church or the grocery store.

But she was pleased the driver had survived the shooting and crash.

"You can get another car and you can get another garage but you can't get another life."

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