Four people are being detained by police after a man was shot in the River North neighborhood Saturday night.
Someone fired shots at the victim from within a group of people at 35 West Illinois around 10:06 p.m., according to Chicago police and a witness. Personnel assigned to a nearby fire station saw the shooting unfold, according to a source.
According to preliminary information from a police report, the shooting happened after two groups of people got into a fistfight after someone in the group struck the victim’s friend. Someone in the larger group pulled a gun and fired shots during the altercation, according to the CPD report.
An ambulance transported the victim, age 20, to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg, police said. The man does not have prior contact with Chicago police, according to officials.
Officers searched the area and detained four men near Dearborn and Lake Streets who were allegedly seen running from the shooting scene.
Police recovered a gun from a backpack carried by one of the men. A source said that man has a valid firearm owner’s identification card, but he does not have a concealed carry license. The man who allegedly had the gun lives in the suburbs and has no adult arrest background, the source said.
The man who had the gun made incriminating statements during a police interview and detectives are seeking charges, according to a source.
Two of the four men were ruled out as being the shooter, according to a source. But the victim had to go into surgery before the other two men could be brought to him for possible identification.
According to CPD records, the shooting victim has a criminal history that includes multiple armed robberies, including some in the River North area.
Area Three detectives are investigating.
Updated with new details at 8:40 a.m. on June 28, 2020.