A 19-year-old man was shot while riding in a car on Michigan Avenue near The Bean sculpture on Tuesday evening, police said. He is the seventh person shot in the Loop since May 1.
The man was riding in the back seat of a car at the intersection of Michigan and Madison when he heard several gunshots around 10:18 p.m., according to a Chicago police statement. A bullet struck his left shoulder.
Witnesses reported hearing about six shots fired. Some saw people take cover by hitting the ground in Millennium Park.
The car’s driver took the victim to Rush Hospital, which transferred him to Stroger Hospital. His condition has stabilized, police said.
Ten people have been shot in the Loop so far this year, including one who was shot by CPD after he opened fire on them from a stolen car. The neighborhood had five shooting victims at this point last year. At this point in 2020 and 2019, there were three.
On May 1, two men were shot near the Chicago Theatre’s rear entrance after a group of people opened fire on another group that robbed them during an apparent drug transaction nearby. The victims were not the intended targets. Police released video of the suspects last week, but no arrests have been announced.
Last Tuesday, four people were shot when someone opened fire on an SUV near Wells and Ida B. Wells. Dozens of rounds were fired during the incident. Again, no arrests have been announced.