Man, 59, is shot and killed outside his Lincoln Square apartment building; 3rd shooting incident in the area since Friday

Update 3:14 a.m. December 2 — The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Rae Park, 59. Police now say the gunman shot Park during a robbery or carjacking attempt. A full follow-up report is posted at this link.


A 59-year-old man was shot and killed outside his Lincoln Square apartment building on Wednesday morning, according to police and public records. No arrests have been made.

The victim was in an alley next to the building on the 2600 block of West Catalpa when a sedan rolled up at 7:05 a.m., according to police. A man got out of the car’s passenger seat and began shooting.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds to his cheek, chest, and back. EMS took him to St. Francis Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

Police said the gunman returned to the car he arrived in, and it headed east through the alley before turning north on Rockwell.

Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.

Wednesday’s shooting is the third since Friday in the Lincoln Square community area.

A 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were traveling south on Western near Lawrence when someone began shooting at them from a dark-colored sedan around 12:05 a.m. Monday. The woman stopped the car to tend to the male victim just south of the Western Brown Line station, but the gunman’s car returned, and the shooter began firing on her again, a source said.

Police officers in the area heard the gunfire, and one unit followed a vehicle that likely carried the gunman, but a CPD supervisor terminated the engagement as the suspect vehicle headed down the Halsted Street bar strip in Boystown.

An ambulance transported the male victim to St. Francis Hospital in serious condition with three gunshot wounds to his torso. The woman, shot in the hip, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in fair condition.

On Friday evening, a 26-year-old man dropped off at Swedish Covenant Hospital with gunshot wounds to his chest told police he was shot on the 2700 block of West Foster around 11:19 p.m., according to a CPD statement. Police did not release any other information about the incident.

The Lincoln Square community area has seen six shooting incidents and two murders this year, according to CPD data. That compares to one of each for all of 2020. The area had six shooting incidents and no murders for all of 2019; one shooting incident and two murders in 2018; and three shooting incidents with one murder in 2017 and in 2016. Shooting incidents may involve more than one victim under CPD’s crime reporting protocols.

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