|Police on the scene of Friday evening’s shooting in the 4500 block of North Sheridan. | @UptownChgoRocks|
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire in the Uptown neighborhood on Friday evening. No one is in custody.
The boy was walking with a group in the 4500 block of North Sheridan when someone opened fire on them from a white Audi SUV around 6:30 p.m., police said. The group returned fire on the Audi, which sped away northbound on Sheridan. Police said the teen suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center by car. He was released later Friday evening.
According to witnesses, shell casings were lying in the street near the shooting scene along with a fully-loaded ammunition magazine. During a search of the neighborhood, police officers found a 9-millimeter handgun behind a home in the 900 block of West Agatite.
The victim, who is known to local police officers, was in a group of three teenaged males and all three shot at the SUV, according to two sources. The trio, all wearing gray hoodies, fled south on Sheridan and then east on a side street after the shooting.
Two bright yellow “Safe Passage” signs bookend the block where the shooting occurred.
Friday’s incident was the tenth shooting in Uptown so far this year. The neighborhood has yet to record any homicides in 2018. At this point last year, fourteen people had been shot in Uptown, two fatally.