1 dead, 3 critical in “revenge” shooting on Lake Shore Drive; Victim drives car to Boystown for help

UPDATE 10:32AM—The deceased has been identified as Michael Medina, 20.
One man is dead and three others are in critical condition after their minivan came under fire from someone in another vehicle in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive between Fullerton and Diversey just before midnight today, police said. No one is in custody.

After more than 15 rounds were fired into the driver’s side of the victim’s car, the vehicle continued traveling until arriving at a Boystown-area Walgreens store, 3201 North Broadway. Police and fire personnel were then called to that location.

Officially, police said the incident appears to be gang-related, and all of the victims are “known” to police.

The scene at Broadway and Belmont shortly after midnight. | Provided

According to multiple sources, investigators believe the overnight incident is revenge for a recent shooting in the 14th (Shakespeare) Police District. Police believe the victims’ van and at least one of the men riding inside were involved in the previous shooting, according to the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss departmental matters.

The minivan rolled to a stop outside the Walgreen’s front doors at 11:55 p.m., according to a witness who said one shooting victim stumbled from the van and collapsed on a nearby sidewalk while three others remained in the vehicle. Police officers who arrived before ambulance crews began administering first aid to the survivors.

Onlookers gather near the scene as police and EMS crews work nearby. | Provided

A 20-year-old man who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men are in critical condition. According to Chicago police: A 20-year-old man who was shot in the left shoulder is in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the arm, chest, and face is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and a 26-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the head and torso is in critical condition at Masonic.

The victims’ van came to rest outside the Walgreen’s entrance just before midnight. | Provided

The survivors told police that they were driving northbound on Lake Shore Drive when a vehicle pulled alongside them and began firing. Investigators closed the northbound drive for nearly three hours as they collected shell casings from the traffic lanes about a block north of Fullerton.

One of the victims has a long list of felony arrests, including a June 2018 gun possession case. Specific information about the other three men was not immediately available.

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