Police: Men hospitalized after shooting each other on Uptown street corner

Two men shot each other on an Uptown street corner Tuesday afternoon, police said. One is in critical condition, the other is in good condition at area hospitals. Both men have gang affiliations and are well-known to police in the area.

Police said the men opened fire on each other as they stood on a sidewalk in the 4800 block of North Magnolia around 12:15 p.m.  

A 23-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his head. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

The other gunman, age 19, was shot in his left wrist. He is in good condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Police recovered one handgun at the shooting scene. Officers also took three people into custody for questioning.

The older victim is on parole after he served four years of three concurrent 8-year prison terms that he received for manufacture-delivery of narcotics in 2015, according to state records.

According to police data, the younger man has been arrested twice since last summer for narcotics violations in Uptown, most recently on March 20.

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