1 man critical, another injured in separate shootings downtown Sunday

A man is in critical condition after a woman shot him on a street corner in the heart of River North on Sunday evening, police said. Earlier, another man was multiple times as he drove with family members on Wacker Drive in the Loop.

In the most recent case, a 32-year-old man was shot by a woman during an argument on the 400 block of North Clark around 22:21 p.m Sunday, police said. Witnesses told police the altercation began at Illinois and LaSalle, where the woman pulled out a gun and fired shots. She then followed the man to the corner of Clark and Hubbard where she fired again, striking the victim in his back, according to a preliminary CPD report.

Police officers in the area who heard the gunfire saw people running and responded quickly, which allowed them to place the woman into custody and recover a firearm on the 100 block of West Kinzie. Witnesses identified her as the shooter, according to a CPD statement. Charges are pending.

The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Online records show a Des Plaines address for the man, but his current residence could not be immediately verified.

Investigators four several shell casings at the scene of the initial confrontation on LaSalle. Another casing and blood drops were seen outside Boss Bar, 420 North Clark. At least two cars were damaged by gunfire, according to a passerby.

Loop shooting

A 21-year-old was in good condition after someone shot him while driving on Lower Wacker Drive at Michigan Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police.

The man was driving with his pregnant girlfriend and another passenger when someone opened fire on their car from a silver BMW, police said. Another motorist stopped and drove the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to both arms.

Area Three detectives are investigating the case.

More shots fired

In addition to Sunday’s shootings, police have confirmed several cases of shots fired without injuries in the downtown area over the past two weekends:

  • At 2:55 a.m. Saturday, shots were fired between cars near Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago River, according to witnesses. Police found an SUV abandoned on the drive near Ontario with several people running away from it minutes later. Shell casings were found inside the truck, which was riddled with bullet holes, and a gun was found at the scene, according to a CPD report. Cops found even more shell casings on the roadway.
  • About an hour later, just after 4 a.m. Saturday, police officers reported hearing about 18 shots fired in River North. Cops found shell casings from two weapons, including a rifle, near the intersection of Orleans and Hubbard.
  • Shots were fired in River North several times between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. last Sunday, August 22, according to police records. One bullet went through the window of a hotel guest room on the 500 block of North State, according to one report.. Another bullet went through the window of a 10th-floor apartment on the 300 block of West Superior. In another case, a man reported that someone began shooting at him on the 300 block of West Chicago. Other people reportedly saw a man walking around that area shooting at people without provocation. And a driver called police after someone shot the windows out of his SUV on the 300 block of West Chicago, too. No arrests were made.

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