Two suspects are in custody after an 18-year-old man was shot in the middle of a bustling Old Town intersection on Friday evening, police said. Seven people have now been shot in Lincoln Park since last Sunday morning, including two men who were killed just a block from Friday evening’s incident.
More than a dozen witnesses called 911 after they saw a man get out of a silver Jeep in the 200 block of West North Avenue and open fire in the traffic lanes at 7:35 p.m. He then returned to the Jeep, which sped north on La Salle, witnesses said.
The victim, who was the passenger in an eastbound vehicle, suffered two gunshot wounds to his torso and graze wounds to his shoulder and elbow, police said. His driver took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition stabilized.
Shell casings were found near the intersection of North Avenue and Wieland, across the street from the popular Piper’s Alley XSport and steps from the landmark Old Town Ale House.
Multiple witnesses provided police with the license plate of the gunman’s Jeep. Armed with that information, tactical units staked out the southeast Lakeview neighborhood where the car is registered. Two people, believed to be a man and a woman, were taken into custody as they neared their home around 9 p.m., according to a CPD source.
Seven people have been shot in the Lincoln Park neighborhood since last Sunday, three fatally. By comparison, the area recorded a total of three homicides for the years 2014-2018 combined, according to records curated by Heyjackass.com
Two men were shot dead as they drove in the 100 block of West North Avenue at 5:55 a.m. on June 2nd. Late Thursday night, four men were shot as they rode in a minivan on Lake Shore Drive just north of Fullerton. One of them later died. The three survivors are all in critical condition.