Two men were shot, a car flipped over, and bullets flew into the windows of a tavern and a condo during a chaotic shooting early Sunday in River North. Police found more than 30 shell casings as they investigated the incident, which unfolded across several blocks around 12:05 a.m.
CPD issued a media statement that said two men were shot as they sat in a car on the 200 block of West Huron. The victims told police two men approached their vehicle, and at least one of the offenders fired shots. One victim, a 22-year-old man, received a graze wound to his face and a gunshot wound to his leg. The other man, age 25, was also grazed in the face.
Officers who heard the gunfire found both men on the 300 block of West Superior. The officers applied a tourniquet to slow blood loss from the first victim’s leg wound until an ambulance arrived. Both men were listed in fair condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, cops found a loaded handgun with an extended ammunition magazine inside an abandoned car that was flipped over on the 200 block of West Huron. More shell casings were found throughout the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Franklin Street. A witness near that scene said the occupants of two cars were shooting at each other as they sped through the intersection.
One bullet lodged in a window at Green Door Tavern, 678 North Franklin, while another flew through a 7th-floor window of a condo on the 400 block of West Huron, according to CPD reports.
According to CPD’s media statement, the two men who shot the victims were both Black with dreadlocks and one of them wore a blue jacket.
So far this year, 63 people have been shot in the Near North community area, which includes neighborhoods like River North, Streeterville, Cabrini Green, and part of Old Town. That compares to 42 shooting victims in all of last year and 33 for all of 2019.
Editor’s note: The CPD media statement said the shooting happened at 12:45 a.m. In fact, it occurred at 12:05 a.m.