Man shot in Near North Side drive-by; ‘need to stop waking up to gunshots’

A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg by someone who fired shots from an SUV on the Near North Side overnight, police said. He is in good condition.

Police said the man was walking in the 800 block of North Cambridge when the gunman fired shots from a passing SUV around 1:15 a.m. One round struck the victim above his left knee. He was listed in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a CPD statement. He does not have a history of contact with the police department.

An officer said there were “a lot” of shell casings in the intersection of Chicago and Cambridge after the shooting.

Witnesses said the shots appeared to come from a white Durango. Gunfire has been shot from a similar vehicle at the same intersection at least two other times since mid-September, according to a nearby resident who has been documenting the incidents in a Twitter thread.

“Need to stop waking up to gunshots,” the man’s girlfriend texted him at 1:12 a.m. Friday, moments after the 23-year-old was shot.

So far this year, 45 people have been shot in the Near North Side community area. That’s up from 37 during the same period last year and 25 in 2019, according to records maintained by CWBChicago.

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