Driver OK after bullet flies through his window in River North

A gunman who opened fire on a River North street over the weekend shot the rear window of a passing car, but no injuries were reported.

The incident does not bode well for River North, which had as many shooting victims in 2021 as during the two previous years combined.

Police officers met with a driver around 3:40 a.m. Sunday after a bullet shattered the rear window of his Chevy Cruze as he traveled west through the intersection of Kinzie and Dearborn around 3:40 a.m., according to a CPD report. The driver and witnesses also reported hearing gunshots.

Officers found surveillance video from a nearby business that showed a Hispanic man wearing a red jacket with red pants firing shots and then fleeing down a ramp that leads to an area under Marina City. No arrests have been announced.

Last year, 23 people were shot in the River North neighborhood, which we define as the area between the Chicago River, Chicago Avenue, and Michigan Avenue. That’s up from 14 shooting victims in 2020 and nine in 2019. CWBChicago maintains independent records of shooting details based on reports from Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Our records show that charges have been filed in nearly all of the murders reported in River North since 2019.

There were two murders in the area during 2021 — a domestic-related suffocation and the fatal stabbing of a bank employee. Murder charges are ongoing against suspects in both cases.

In 2020, four people were murdered in River North. Charges have been filed in connection with three of them: the intentional striking of a pedestrian by a driver; a shooting on the Wabash Bridge; and a strangulation in a hotel room. A judge sentenced a man to 22-years in prison for the hotel murder in September.

The only unsolved murder in River North from 2020 is the shooting death of a man on the 100 block of West Hubbard during widespread riots and looting on May 30.

Prosecutors have filed charges in both murders reported in River North during 2019: the fatal shooting of a doorman at Sound Bar nightclub and the slaying of off-duty Chicago Police Officer John P. Rivera.

A judge sentenced one man to 65 years in prison for Rivera’s murder last year. Prosecutors are still pursuing murder charges against a second man.

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