Hamlin Park: Shots fired near ball field, but no one injured on Thursday afternoon

Police work the scene of tonight’s shot’s fired incident near Hamlin Park. | C.M. Corrigan 

Shots were fired near Hamlin Park Thursday afternoon, leaving park-goers rattled, but no one injured, according to Chicago police.

Witnesses reported seeing shots fired from a gray or tan four-door Buick around 4:50 p.m. on the south end of the North Center park. Two teens inside the park appeared to be the intended targets, one witness said.

“It was right next to a baseball field with tons of our kids playing on it,” one witness said.

Police stretched crime scene tape around four shell casings that were lying in the middle of the street at 2033 West Wellington.

Several witnesses said the shooter was last seen heading southbound on Damen in the Buick bearing a Minnesota license plate that begins with 302. Some residents recognized the vehicle from the neighborhood.

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