Man escapes injury in gunfire near Boystown late Thursday

Shots were fired in the alley behind Robert Jeffrey Salon. | Google

Shots were fired near Boystown late Thursday night, striking an occupied vehicle, but leaving no one injured, police said. No arrests have been made.

A 34-year-old man told police that he was parked an alley behind the 3100 block of North Broadway when he heard shots coming from an unknown direction around 11:40 p.m. His car was struck, but the man was not hurt. Police recovered at least nine shell casings from the alley.

Nearly a dozen 911 callers reported hearing the shots, one from as far away as Lake Shore Drive and Melrose.

Some witnesses reported seeing a white SUV speeding out of the alley near Cambridge and Briar after the gunfire. Police stopped a vehicle matching that description minutes later near Sheridan and Wellington. After a thorough investigation, the driver was released.

Another caller reported seeing a man with an apparent leg injury running through the alley from Cambridge to Pine Grove. But no one has shown up at local hospitals with unexplained gunshot wounds.

The area around the incident is usually starting to wind down around 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Nearby DryHop brewery closes at midnight and the Laugh Factory comedy shows end much earlier.

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