Police are investigating a string of shootings that left one man dead and five others injured between the South Loop and Lincoln Park since Thursday night. No arrests have been made.
The outbreak came amidst widespread celebrations of Mexico’s Independence Day across the city that jammed many city streets with vehicles full of revelers.
3 shot at Clark and Division
Police recovered three handguns at a shooting scene where three men were injured on the 1200 block of North Clark around 2:20 a.m., according to a CPD report. The victims refused to tell investigators what happened, police said in a media statement.
The victims, all listed in fair condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen; a 26-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his left arm and right leg; and a 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his right leg.
Lake Shore Drive shooting
A 20-year-old man is in fair condition after someone shot him as he sat in a car on southbound Lake Shore Drive just north of Fullerton around 12:27 a.m., police said.
The man was a passenger in a car stuck in heavy traffic when someone opened fire on his vehicle from a dark-colored sedan, striking him in the left tricep, a police report said. Police found several shell casings in the southbound lanes.
The driver of the victim’s car ducked to avoid being shot and accidentally struck the vehicle in front of them, but no injuries were reported from the crash.
Witnesses said the gunman exited at Fullerton, crossed under the bridge, and escaped northbound on the drive.
Two shootings in South Loop
One man was killed and another was injured in unrelated shootings on a one-block stretch of Canal Street in the South Loop late Thursday.
Shortly before 11 p.m., a 19-year-old man was on the sidewalk when someone shot at him from a black SUV on the 1400 block of South Canal, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his left leg.
Less than an hour later, at 11:44 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot and killed during a fight in the Jewel-Osco parking lot, 1340 South Canal. The confrontation was captured on video.
Police said the victim was in a “physical altercation” with someone who pulled out a gun and shot him in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital.