Woman, 19, shot in River North; neighborhood shootings double over last year

The woman was reportedly shot while sitting in a van outside a Subway restaurant near Ohio and State. | Google

A 19-year-old woman was shot while sitting in a minivan in River North on Saturday morning, Chicago police said. No arrests have been made.

She was inside her vehicle on the first block of West Ohio around 5:04 a.m. when she heard gunfire and realized she had been shot in the back, according to police. Crime scene investigators were focusing their attention on a minivan that was parked near a 24-hour Subway restaurant.

Investigators found surveillance video that appeared to show someone firing a shot into the woman’s van after pulling up in a dark-colored SUV. An officer said that the SUV was last seen heading south on State Street.

EMS took the woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

She is the 22nd person shot in River North this year, compared to 11 at this point last year. The neighborhood had ten shooting victims during the period in 2020 and nine as of this date in 2019.

The Near North community area, which includes River North, has recorded 50 shooting victims this year. That compares to 29 at this point last year, 34 during the same period in 2020, and 24 as of this date in 2019.

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