Driver critical after being shot near North Ave Beach

A man is in critical condition after being shot while driving near North Avenue Beach shortly after midnight today.

The man, age 22, told police a bullet struck him in the abdomen as he was traveling northbound in the 1600 block of North Lake Shore Drive at 12:10 a.m., police said. He said he did not see anyone shoot at him and he did not know where the shots came from, according to a CPD media release. 

Police said the victim drove himself to Weiss Hospital and he was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his lower left side. A bullet hole was seen in his driver’s side door.

Detectives last year arrested the man in connection with a fatal shooting in the Logan Square neighborhood, but prosecutors did not pursue charges because he claimed self-defense.

Area 3 detectives are investigating Sunday’s incident.

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