A two-hour violence spree in the downtown area early Sunday appears to have claimed one more victim than police initially realized.
The new information came from CPD after a 22-year-old woman walked into Mount Sinai Hospital yesterday evening with a gunshot wound to her leg that she said she suffered in River North around 3:12 a.m., according to a CPD statement.
She said she was on the first block of West Hubbard, near the intersection of Hubbard and Dearborn, when she heard gunfire and realized she had been shot in the leg, police said.
The timing of the incident aligns almost perfectly with a “shots fired” incident outside LiqrBox, a late-hours bar at 873 North Orleans.
In that case, police found several shell casings, and witnesses told officers that a man fled in a silver Range Rover after firing shots around 3:15 a.m.
If police determine that the shooting occurred at the Hubbard Street location, she will be the third person shot in River North this year. That will put the neighborhood’s shooting pace well ahead of where it stood at this point last year, when there was one victim. There were no shooting victims in River North until March of 2020 and 2019, according to records maintained by CWBChicago.
Area Three detectives are working the case.
At 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to calls of a person shot at the Comfort Suites, 320 North Michigan, in the Loop.
A 37-year-old man told police he was outside when he heard gunfire and realized he had been shot in his left hand. EMS took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, police said.
Some witnesses said the shots came from a white SUV that drove past the hotel. While at least one other said the man might have been shot inside the hotel. Officers did confirm that the hotel’s front window was broken, apparently from a bullet.
About 30 minutes later, police responded to 24th Street and Michigan Avenue after a passerby found the man lying in the street just west of Michigan around 5 a.m.
Police at the scene said the man, who reportedly lives in the area, was found in the street as if he were about to enter a car. He was lying amidst broken auto glass, but no vehicle was next to him. He suffered two gunshot wounds to his back and was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers found shell casings near his body.
Investigators subsequently determined that the man’s Mercedes SUV was missing, leading police to consider carjacking as a possible motive.