|Police at the scene of this afternoon’s shooting in Uptown. | Mark Lukas|
Two known gang members were shot in an Uptown parking lot on Thursday afternoon, police said. It’s the second time one of the men has been shot since December.
Witnesses said seven to ten shots were fired from a black Toyota Corolla just before 4:30 p.m., striking the two men as they stood in a strip mall parking lot at 4554 North Magnolia. The car was last seen heading northbound on Magnolia.
|46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman (center) and 19th District Police Commander Mark Buslik speak at the shooting scene. | Mark Lukas|
A 19-year-old man who suffered gunshot wounds to his groin and leg was in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said. A 21-year-old who was shot in the buttocks was also taken to Masonic, but police did not release his condition.
|Police personnel in the strip mall after today’s shooting. | Mark Lukas|
Today was the second time that the 21-year-old has been shot in Uptown since December 17 when he was one of four individuals struck in a gang-related rifle attack outside of Truman College.
In a statement this afternoon, Uptown Alderman James Cappleman (46) said that “police had been out earlier to tell the known gang members to leave. They came back and were shot.”
|Police work the shooting scene on Thursday afternoon. | Mark Lukas|