Man shot at party in Lincoln Park apartment building

A man is in good condition after being shot three times at a party in a Lincoln Park apartment building overnight, police said. No one is in custody.

Police responded to the mid-rise building at 2738 North Pine Grove to help the fire department with people trapped on an elevator at the top floor around 2:20 a.m., according to dispatch records.

Everyone was out of the elevator by the time police arrived, but cops found a handgun and soon encountered a 24-year-old man who had gunshot wounds to his cheek, right arm, and right leg.

Another party-goer drove the victim to nearby St. Joseph Hospital. He was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Family members told officers that the man was shot while on the building’s rooftop deck, according to a police report. Officially, CPD said only that the victim was attending a party when an unknown man approached him and began shooting. Investigators found nine shell casings spread between the 14th floor and an area that leads from that floor to the roof.

The victim has had previous contact with police, according to the department. Area 3 detectives are investigating.

This morning’s shooting is not the first gun-related incident on the building’s rooftop. In February 2016, a man was arrested after he fired a handgun from the top of the building. Video from a rooftop camera helped police identify 27-year-old Peter Vitale, who later pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm. A judge sentenced him to two years probation.

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