Man says drive-by gunman shot him in Lincoln Square this morning (but there are questions)

Police are investigating after a gunshot victim showed up at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The victim, who police said is “approximately 18,” told officers he was standing on the sidewalk in the 2400 block of West Leland when someone began shooting at him from a passing vehicle around 5 a.m., according to a CPD media statement.

Investigators have not located evidence of a shooting in the area where the victim said he was injured, the media statement said. There were also no 911 calls from people reporting shots fired in the area.

The victim showed up at Masonic shortly after another man was found shot to death in the 4600 block of North Central Park, about two miles west of the Leland location.

In that case, a victim in his late 20s or early 30s suffered a gunshot wound to his face after becoming involved in a shootout with someone who was in a dark sedan, according to a CPD statement.

Including Tuesday’s incident, the Lincoln Square community area has seen seven 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.

Recent Lincoln Square shootings

An armed robber shot and killed 59-year-old Rae Park as he prepared to enter a minivan behind his apartment on the 2600 block of West Catalpa around 7:05 a.m. on December 1, police said.

Area Three detectives, hoping to drum up leads in the case, released surveillance videos (below) that showed Park walking to his vehicle and the killer arriving in a car driven by an accomplice. So far, no arrests have been announced.

A man and woman were shot by someone who opened fire on their car from another vehicle as they traveled south on Western Avenue near Lawrence Avenue shortly after midnight on November 29. The woman, 28, 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, the 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, 29, 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 November 26, a 26-year-old man told police he was shot in the chest 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.

On October 25, a 41-year-old man was fatally shot as he drove on the 5300 block of North Western with two passengers. A gray SUV reportedly pulled alongside them, and a gunman began shooting at them from the passenger seat of the SUV around 5:10 a.m.

Police said one bullet struck the victim in his chest. He lost control of his car, crashed into a building on the 5200 block of North Western, and then ran into a nearby gas station where he collapsed onto the floor, according to a CPD report. He later died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

A 44-year-old man in the victim’s car suffered minor injuries in the crash. The second passenger, a 47-year-old man, was not injured.

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