Uptown gunfight leaves bystander shot on Tuesday afternoon, police say

A man who saw four people shooting at each other in Uptown on Tuesday afternoon wound up getting shot in the back by an errant bullet, according to Chicago police. Another bullet flew through the window of an 8th floor apartment nearby.

He was in an alley behind the 900 block of West Leland when the shooting started around 2:02 p.m., CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. One round struck him in his lower back.

The approximate location of the shooting is marked on a Google Earth image. | Google Earth

Witnesses heard up to ten rounds fired in the area, which is near Uplift High School. Several people saw men running from the scene and some of them may have escaped in a gold-colored car.

Doctors at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center stabilized the victim.

Officers also responded to a high-rise on the 900 block of West Lakeside Place to take a report for a resident whose living room window was pierced by a bullet. No injuries were reported in the home.

The shooting victim is the sixth person shot in Uptown this year. Four of the victims died. Last year, Uptown had two shooting victims at this point. The same period had seven victims in both 2020 and 2019.

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