Man shot, critically wounded while driving in the Loop on Easter morning

An 18-year-old man is in critical condition after someone shot him from another vehicle as he drove on Lower Wacker Drive this morning. He is the third person to be shot in the Loop this weekend and the second to be shot on Lower Wacker, according to police.

The victim was driving an SUV northbound on Lower Wacker when the gunman leaned out of another SUV’s window and opened fire just north of Madison around 7:05 a.m., according to officers at the scene.

One round struck the victim in the back of his neck. Witnesses said his car began hitting the wall along Wacker until it came to a stop near Randolph.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His 17-year-old girlfriend, who was riding in his SUV, was not injured.

CPD surveillance video reportedly shows four SUVs traveling together on Lower Wacker before the shooting. One of the SUVs then pulled up alongside the victim’s car and a man with a hoodie pulled over his head leaned out and opened fire.

Earlier on Easter morning, a 26-year-old man accidentally shot himself while trying to rob a passenger on the Orange-Green Line platform at Roosevelt.

On Saturday morning, a 29-year-old man was shot in his leg as he rode in a car on Lower Wacker Drive in the Loop.

Area Three detectives are investigating all three incidents.

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