UPDATE: The victim has been identified by a source as an emergency medicine doctor who works at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Streeterville.
UPDATE 2: The potential suspect has been released. Story here.
A 34-year-old man is in fair condition after being shot while walking his dog in Uptown late Saturday. There is conflicting information about whether police have a suspect in custody.
The victim told police that he was walking his dog on the 4000 block of North Broadway when he crossed paths with a highly intoxicated man in a Canada Goose jacket around 11:30 p.m. Moments later, he heard gunfire and realized that he had been shot in his right hip.
An ambulance transported the victim to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.
Several shell casings were found outside Public Storage, 4050 North Broadway.
Police searched the area and detained an Oak Park man whom the victim subsequently identified as the intoxicated man that he saw just before he got shot. However, the victim reportedly did not see the suspect with a gun nor did he see the man fire shots. No weapon was immediately found.
Officers took the suspect into custody for questioning based on the circumstances and conflicting information they received from the man, including an apparently false claim that he has a concealed carry license.
Police also impounded the suspect’s vehicle, which was found parked on the 4200 block of North Broadway.
In a brief media statement, CPD said that no suspects were in custody. However, that information was distributed a few minutes before the victim identified the suspect for police.
According to initial information from a source, police do not believe the shooting is gang-related or part of a dispute.
CWBChicago will post an update when prosecutors make a decision regarding charges against the suspect.