Man shot while driving in Edgewater early Wednesday, police say

An 18-year-old man was shot while driving in Edgewater early Wednesday, police said. He is in good condition, but no arrests have been made.

The man was driving eastbound on Hollywood near Winthrop when someone opened fire on him from a black Volkswagen SUV that pulled up on his driver’s side, according to a CPD report. One round struck the victim in his lower back. Police found shell casings at the scene.

Several bullet holes were also seen in the rear driver’s side of his car as it sat outside Weiss Hospital shortly after the shooting. He reportedly drove himself there for treatment after the incident.

Wednesday’s shooting is the second for the immediate area since October 17. In the previous incident, a 38-year-old man was critically wounded in an apparent road rage shooting, police said. A witness told police that the two vehicles’ occupants appeared to be engaged in a dispute as they traveled northbound on Lake Shore Drive a few minutes before the shooting. No one was ever charged in the case.

According to city records, two shootings have been reported in Edgewater this year, which is the same number seen in the neighborhood at this point last year and 2019.

The other shooting in 2021 took place on the 1100 block of West Granville at 3:45 a.m. on March 7. A 35-year-old man told police he was sitting in a parked car when the gunman walked up and opened fire, striking him in the left leg. No one has been charged with that crime.

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