Man shot during Gold Coast home invasion, police say

Update May 2, 2022 — Investigators now believe the man shot himself in the hand. Details here.

A Gold Coast resident was shot while struggling with men who invaded high-rise apartment on Friday morning, police said. He is in good condition.

The victim, 34, told police he answered a knock on his 15th-floor apartment door at 14 West Elm around 11:37 a.m. Three men confronted him, sprayed him with “an unknown chemical irritant,” and demanded his property, a CPD statement said.

The residential building at 14 West Elm is marked on Google Earth. | Google Earth

One of the offenders displayed a gun. It discharged as the victim struggled with the men, striking him in his left hand, police said. EMS took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Initial information from the scene indicated that the victim said masked offenders took some of his property, including jewelry.

Police searched the area for a white box truck that is registered to an address in suburban Cicero. Chicago cops went to the address and detained a suspect around 12:15 p.m. Officially, however, CPD said no one is in custody for the crime.

The victim is the 11th person shot on the Near North Side this year. That’s up from three at this point last year, four at this point in 2020, and seven in 2019.

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