Driver shot north of Wrigley Field; 3rd shooting this month on half-mile stretch of Clark Street

The Wrigley Field marquee is seen in a file photo. | CWBChicago

A man was shot in the back as he drove on Clark Street, a couple of blocks north of Wrigley Field, on Thursday evening, Chicago police said. It’s the third shooting on Clark Street near the famed ballpark this month.

At around 7:24 p.m., Chicago police officers radioed that they saw shots being fired from a black sedan near Clark and Irving Park. Moments later, a car sped south on Clark Street as its driver honked his horn, drove in the wrong lane, and passed through the red light at Clark and Addison. This vehicle was apparently driven by the victim, who pulled over just south of Addison and sought help.

Police said the man had been shot in the back and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition. 

Investigators found three shell casings in the 3900 block of North Clark and several bullet holes in the victim’s Hyundai Sonata. But no arrests have been made.

Police are investigating two other recent shootings in Wrigleyville.

On September 3, a 27-year-old man was shot following an argument outside a bar in the 3400 block of North Clark. The next night, a 43-year-old man reported being shot in the leg in the 3500 block of North Clark. No charges have been announced in either case.

Two murders have also been reported along the Wrigleyville nightlife strip this year.

On January 17, a 51-year-old California man was knocked to the ground during an altercation in the 3500 block of North Clark. He struck his head on the ground and later died of his injuries. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide. No arrests have been made.

Then, on March 27, a 47-year-old man was fatally shot during a robbery as he reported for work at Happy Camper, 3458 North Clark. Police released video of two suspects in that case, but no charges have been filed.

Thursday’s victim is the 13th person shot in Lakeview this year. Here are the neighborhood’s shooting victim totals as of September 15 in recent years:

2017: 1
2018: 1
2019: 5
2020: 8
2021: 5
2022: 13

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