A man is hospitalized after being shot in the leg with a rifle while inside a River North hotel room Saturday evening. The shooter fled the scene with the weapon before police arrived.
Police responded to a call of a person shot in a third-floor room of the Hampton Inn, 33 West Illinois, around 7:20 p.m. Officers found an 18-year-old man inside a guest room with a gunshot wound to his left leg.
In a media statement, CPD said the victim was inside the room when someone “entered the room with a firearm and fired shots at the victim.”
One shell casing from a rifle round was also found inside the room, according to a CPD report. Officers at the scene said the victim was not cooperating with their investigation.
Cops applied a tourniquet to stem the victim’s blood loss until paramedics arrived to transport him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The shooter was described as a Black male wearing a pink hoodie and blue jeans at the time of the incident. Witnesses reported seeing three men walk out of the hotel carrying two duffle bags moments before police arrived, but it was not immediately clear if they were involved in the case.
Area Three detectives are investigating.
Hotel parties have been an on-going source of shootings and gun-related incidents around the downtown area since room rates nose-dived during the COVID pandemic.