A 26-year-old man suffered a graze wound while driving in Lakeview early Sunday, police said, making him the third shooting victim in the neighborhood since last Saturday.
The man was driving north on the 3000 block of North Sheridan Road when someone fired shots from a passing car around 2:48 a.m. He continued driving until he reached the 3500 block of North Lake Shore Drive and then called police.
Officers found one bullet hole in the man’s car and a bullet lodged in his driver’s seat. According to an officer at the scene, the man was not bleeding, but his back was bruised from the bullet’s impact. He declined medical attention.
Cops found two shell casings at Sheridan Road and Wellington Avenue.
CPD issued a media statement that said the shooting happened at 3:39 a.m., but police responded to the victim’s 911 call at 2:51 a.m. Another person reported hearing shots fired and a car speeding away near the 2900 block of North Sheridan Road at 2:48 a.m., records show.
Lakeview has recorded eight shooting victims so far this year, compared to six in all of last year and five in all of 2019.
Last Saturday, October 2, a 16-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded as he walked on the 2900 block of North Halsted, but police released little information about the crime.
On Monday, 16-year-old Joseph Sunpongo of Albany Park was shot and killed as he rode in an SUV that was reportedly involved in a rolling shootout with the occupants of another car along Irving Park Road.
Police found Sunpongo gravely wounded in the passenger seat of a white Jeep that crashed near Lakeview High School around 11 p.m. that night.
Surveillance video from a nearby home captured the sound of at least 50 shots fired as the shootout ended.