Shooting near Ravenswood playground leaves neighbors rattled

The victim was shot while sitting in this car near the River Park playground. | Provided

Neighbors are on edge in Ravenswood after a man was shot in a drive-by shooting that had the River Park playground and field house in the line of fire.

The 33-year-old victim was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car near the playground when a white vehicle circled the block two times and opened fire around 2:45 p.m. according to Chicago police.

Damage from another bullet. | Provided 

The victim walked to nearby Swedish Covenant Hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. His condition was stabilized, police said.

“Shots were fired directly toward the slides in the park,” a neighbor said Tuesday. “My kids play at this park almost every day, and it’s infuriating. It’s the second shooting we’ve been around in that park since we moved here 11 months ago.”

Adding to neighbors’ frustration is word that the nearby police pod camera was either pointed in the wrong direction or was completely non-functioning at the time of the shooting.

Court records show the shooting victim is a gang member with a felony record.
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