SOURCES: “Bang Da Hitta” Linked To Double-Shooting In Uptown Wednesday

A North Side rapper with a growing criminal record has connections to a double-shooting early Wednesday in Uptown, police sources said.

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Keith “Bang Da Hitta” Hayer was arrested in Lakeview after police allegedly saw him run from a van that is believed to have been used to transport the shooting victims to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Here’s what we’ve learned:

Around 12:30 Wednesday morning, witnesses reported hearing up to twelve shots fired in the area of Clark and Leland. Some people said they saw men hiding between cars, shooting at each other. Others said that a person had been shot and hauled away in a Dodge minivan.

Two victims showed up at Masonic about thirty minutes later where they told police that they were sitting in a minivan in the 4600 block of North Greenview when a gunman approached and opened fire.

As the victims walked into the hospital, police found the Dodge minivan in the 1000 block of West Wellington, about a block from the hospital’s emergency room entrance. Hayer jumped from the van and ran from the scene, police said. He was arrested moments later on a warrant.

Shell casings were found inside the van and in the 3000 block of North Sheffield, but no gun was recovered.

Wednesday’s victims include a 20-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. He has a long list of gang-related arrests in Uptown and near Belmont and Sheffield. The other victim is a 23-year-old man who was paroled in September on a cocaine distribution charge. He was shot in the back.

On August 6, CWBChicago reported exclusively that Hayer had been shot in the leg while walking in the 1200 block of West Leland, about a half-mile from Wednesday’s shooting scene.

A reputed member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, Hayer is associated with the far North Side’s PBG faction, according to a source. Yet he lists a home address in the South Side’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood when he’s arrested.

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