Man shot while sleeping on a bench in Lincoln Park, police say

A 52-year-old homeless man was shot while sleeping on a bench in Lincoln Park on Monday. The man initially ignored the pain because he thought it was a bee sting, but eventually took himself to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment around 3 a.m. today, according to a CPD report.

The man told police he was shot while sleeping in the park on the 1800 block of North Stockton near the southern termination point of Lincoln Avenue. | Google

It happened on the 1800 block of North Stockton Drive, near the Lincoln Park Zoo’s farm exhibit at approximately 3 a.m. Monday, according to information from CPD.

Police said the man is in fair condition. Police did not find shell casings or other evidence of a shooting in the park.

The man is the second person shot in the Lincoln Park neighborhood this year. At this point last year, Lincoln Park had recorded three shooting victims. There was one at this time in 2020 and six in 2019. The 2019 victims included four from a single incident on the lakefront near Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive.

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