|The man was shot on the sidewalk in the 600 block of South Lake Shore Drive (above). | Google|
A 28-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot along the Lakefront Trail downtown early Sunday. No one is in custody.
Police said the man was walking with a group of people in the 600 block of South Lake Shore Drive when an argument broke out and another man fired shots around 1:40 a.m. The victim was struck in the lower back. Cops found three shell casings on the sidewalk at Lake Shore Drive and Balboa.
Several people fled into nearby Grant Park with the gunman, according to witnesses. Police described the suspect as a black male with dreadlocks who was wearing gray joggers with a white t-shirt. He carried a backpack. The man was in the company of a woman who is black, pregnant, and wore a gray dress, according to police bulletins issued after the shooting. Police officers and canines searched Grant Park for the offender through the overnight hours, but no one was located.
State records show that the victim has five felony narcotics convictions since 2012. He is currently on parole after being released from prison late last summer. Police said he is a documented gang member.
Other media outlets are reporting the victim’s age to be 25 due to incorrect preliminary information provided by police. A CWBChicago source reported that the man’s correct age is 28 and that information was confirmed via police and Illinois Department of Corrections records.
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