A man is in critical condition after being shot during a confrontation in River North on Saturday evening, police said. He is the sixth person shot in the neighborhood this year — a pace that is well ahead of other recent years.
The victim, age 33, was on the 100 block of West Hubbard around 10 p.m. when he saw a man that he was involved in an earlier incident, according to a CPD statement. He confronted the other man, who “retrieved a handgun” and shot him five times, police said.
Officers taped off a crime scene outside an office building at 116 West Hubbard, next to the entrance of Joy District nightclub.
Police did not release a description of the gunman.
EMS took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to his hip and arms.
Shootings in River North and the Near North Side are occurring at a much higher rate than in previous years.
Five other people have been shot in River North this year, compared to one at this point in 2021 and 2020, according to records maintained by CWBChicago. Four people were shot in a pair of double-shootings in the neighborhood at this point in 2019.
- On January 5, a 29-year-old man told police someone shot him as he sat in a parking lot in the 200 block of West Ohio.
- A gunman shot a possibly homeless man on the 100 block of East Grand around 12:48 a.m. on February 1.
- A 22-year-old woman was shot on the first block of West Hubbard at 3:12 a.m. on February 7.
- A 16-year-old boy killed in an ambush outside the Grand Red Line station at 2:03 a.m. on February 28.
- Last Sunday evening, a 53-year-old man told police that an offender who knocked on his door at the Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron, shot him during an exchange of gunfire.
Police have announced no arrests in connection with this year’s River North shootings.
The Near North Side, which includes all of River North, has seen nine people shot this year. That’s up from three at this point last year, four at this time in 2020, and seven in 2019. Charges were filed in one of this year’s Near North Side incidents.
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