Convicted gun offender critically wounded in Uptown drive-by had a gun in his pocket: source

A man is in critical condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds during a drive-by shooting in Uptown on Friday afternoon, police said. The victim, who has been charged twice since 2019 for allegedly carrying guns in the immediate area, had a gun in his jacket pocket, according to a source.

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Police said the man was on the 4500 block of North Magnolia when someone fired shots at him from a dark-colored vehicle around 12:36 p.m. CPD listed the victim’s age as 45 in a media statement, but police and court records indicate he is 23-years-old.

He received bullet wounds throughout his upper body. EMS took him to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

A CPD surveillance camera mounted on a pole less than 100 yards from the shooting scene captured footage of a black Jeep Cherokee leaving the scene with at least four people inside.

Officers found more than 20 shell casings.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Police records show the victim was arrested in the summer of 2019 after he ran from police who responded to a call of men displaying guns during a video shoot in the neighborhood. He was convicted of felony unlawful use of a weapon in that case, according to court records.

Last summer, he was arrested less than a block from Friday’s shooting scene after police responded to calls of a man with a gun in a group of people. Prosecutors said he ran from police and ditched a loaded handgun with an extended magazine and a laser sight in a yard on the 4400 block of North Magnolia before cops arrested him.

He is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and other charges. His initial bail conditions required a $5,000 deposit to get out of jail.

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