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Golfer shot at Blue Island course

Updated: August 31, 2013 6:33AM



A golfer at the Meadows Golf Club in Blue Island was shot last week after he put his clubs in his car, according to the club’s general manager Jerry Vidovic, who called it an “isolated incident, a fluke.”

Police responded to a call of shots fired at 11:54 a.m. July 22 and found a 42-year-old man on the ground in the rear south parking lot, bleeding and yelling for help, according to a city news release. It said the victim, who was conscious and able to communicate, was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to his right forearm and left leg.

Eyewitnesses told police the man was walking to his car after golfing when a blue vehicle, possibly a sport utility vehicle, pulled up next to him, shots were fired at him and the vehicle fled, according to the release.

Police said the man, who owns a business in Blue Island, does not know who shot him.

Vidovic said the man is a regular at the course, 2802 W. 123rd St., and had just finished practicing and was headed to the clubhouse where a friend was, “but he never made it,” he said.

“No one was that close to see. No one can guess at what happened. I have not talked to (the victim). It’s a mystery,” said Vidovic, who was not at the golf club at the time of the incident.

The noon hour is typically a slow time at the course, he said, adding that the club and the course remained open.

“Nothing like this has ever happened here. This is typically a fun place, a place to get away and relieve stress,” Vidovic said. “It’s a terrible incident.”

Blue Island police said the shooting was an ongoing investigation.



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