Police are investigating after a man was shot while riding in a car on the Near North Side early Thursday. The shooting happened less than an hour after another man was knocked unconscious by an attacker who pistol-whipped him during an argument outside an all-night diner in the neighborhood.
Police said a 22-year-old man was shot in the left hand as he rode in a car on the 800 block of West Division around 3:50 a.m. The gunman reportedly fired on the victim’s vehicle from a black SUV. The driver of the victim’s car and another passenger were not injured. They took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Investigators found several shell casings in the intersection of Halsted and Division streets. Area Three detectives are handling the case.
Pistol-whipping, gun recovered
A 24-year-old man is in good condition at Northwestern after being knocked unconscious by a man who hit him in the face with a handgun on the 800 block of North Orleans around 3 a.m., police said.
Patrol officers were already on the scene handling a fight between a group of men near Griddle 24, 801 North Orleans, when a cop reported hearing a shot fired and the victim lying unconscious.
One man involved in the argument struck the victim with a gun and ran north on Orleans, leaving the victim with a cut on his chin, according to a CPD report.
Police never confirmed that a shot was actually fired, but they did recover a live bullet at the scene. Officers also found a handgun on the 300 block of West Institute Place, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. Institute Place is about a block north of the restaurant, along the offender’s reported flight path.
Witnesses gave police conflicted descriptions of the attacker.