“Well known gang leader” OK after being shot in Uptown

A 28-year-old man is in good condition after being shot outside Truman College in Uptown on Monday evening. No one is in custody.

Alderman James Cappleman (46) called the victim “a well known gang leader” and promised his office would “keep offering this young man services to get him back on track.”

The victim was sitting on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of West Wilson when shots were fired from a vehicle, striking him on the right ankle around 7:40 p.m., according to initial information. Six shell casings were found in front of the school.

Police on the scene said a black four-door Cadillac and a red Nissan were involved. The cars turned eastbound on Wilson from Clifton Avenue and stopped briefly in front of the school before shots rang out. Both vehicles then fled from the area.

The Cadillac, which had been reported stolen, was subsequently found by police about six blocks away on the 900 block of West Ainslie. The Nissan remains at-large.

Police department records show that the victim has been arrested numerous times in the Uptown area. In recent years, he has faced charges including manufacture-delivery of cocaine in a local park, mob action, and criminal trespass to vehicles.

Tonight’s shooting was the 11th of the year for Uptown and the first since July 20.

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