Man shot inside Seward Park on Monday evening, police say

The man was shot inside Seward Park near Division and Orleans. | Google

A 39-year-old man was shot inside a Near North Side park on Monday evening, Chicago police said.

The victim was hanging out in Seward Park, near Division and Orleans streets, when someone began shooting just before 7 p.m. He suffered a gunshot wound to his lower leg and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police did not release a description of the gunman, who remains at large. Some witnesses said the shooter was standing near the basketball courts when he began firing.

Monday’s victim is the 56th person shot on the Near North Side this year. During the same period, the neighborhood had 44 victims last year, 39 in 2020, and 24 in 2019.

Near North Side shooting victim totals as of September 19 annually:

2019: 24
2020: 39
2021: 44
2022: 56

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