A 26-year-old man was shot during a carjacking attempt near the Magnificent Mile on Saturday evening, according to Chicago police. No arrests have been made.
The man told investigators that a gunman got into the passenger side of his vehicle and demanded control of the car around 6:30 p.m. on the first block of East Chicago Avenue. Police said the offender fired shots at the victim, and one round caused a graze wound to his left thigh.
After the shooting, the victim sought help at the nearby Chicago-State Red Line station, but he ran from the scene before police arrived. The victim resurfaced about an hour later when police and EMS workers responded to a call of a person shot on the 6900 block of South Eberhart in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. There, the victim told police that he had been shot at the Chicago Avenue location.
An ambulance transported him to the University of Chicago Hospital for treatment. Area Three detectives are investigating.
Saturday’s shooting victim is the 18th person shot in the River North and Magnificent Mile area this year. Two of those victims have died. The neighborhoods have also recorded two homicides this year that did not involve guns: A driver intentionally ran over a woman near State and Hubbard streets on August 10 and a woman was strangled in a hotel room on the 400 block of North Dearborn on March 14.
By comparison, the same area had 10 shootings during all of last year. Two of those victims died.