Man shot in West Loop is neighborhood’s 4th shooting victim since July 1

A 28-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot in the West Loop on Wednesday evening, police said. He is the fourth person shot in the neighborhood since July 1.

The victim was riding in a car on the 300 block of North Loomis when someone fired shots at his vehicle around 7:59 p.m., according to a CPD report. An officer said the victim was taken to Stroger Hospital with five gunshot wounds to his legs and groin. Police found eight shell casings at the crime scene.

According to city data, only one person was shot in the West Loop during the first six months of this year. But four men have been shot, two fatally, in the neighborhood since then.

Raymond Soni, 52, was shot and killed outside his residence at the Presidential Towers as a group of armed men tried to rob him around 11:22 p.m. on July 26. Police believe Soni was became stuck in the crossfire as a group of gangbangers opened fire on a rival gang that was robbing him. Soni was not a gang member.

John Blackman, 38, was killed in a drive-by shooting on the 100 block of North Morgan early on July 19. More than 40 shots were fired from a silver sedan as it rolled down the street, which is home to the Morgan CTA station, Federales tequila bar, Molly’s Cupcakes, Shake Shack, and other popular eateries.

A 28-year-old man was shot while riding in a car with his girlfriend on the 1500 block of West Madison around 1:13 p.m. July 25. The couple was in a white Lexus when someone began shooting at the man from another SUV, police said.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.

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