Man is found shot in crashed car near Aragon Ballroom

The Aragon Ballroom at Winthrop and Lawrence. | Google

A 21-year-old was found shot inside an SUV that crashed near the Aragon Ballroom on Saturday evening. Now, Chicago police are trying to determine if he is a shooting victim, a shooting offender, or both.

Officers initially responded to calls of shots fired in the 4400 block of North Magnolia around 7:45 p.m. A nearby CPD surveillance camera recorded a white Dodge Durango speeding away from the scene.

A few minutes later, the Durango, which was reported stolen from the Oakland neighborhood earlier this week, crashed into a parked car in the 4800 block of North Winthrop, right outside the Aragon.

Police said a 21-year-old man in the passenger seat suffered two gunshot wounds to his leg. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in fair condition.

The Durango’s driver, a 24-year-old man, ran from the scene, but police took him into custody nearby. Investigators found shell casings inside the Durango and recovered gloves and a ski mask in the 1000 block of West Lawrence. In the 4400 block of North Magnolia, where people first said they heard gunshots, more shell casings were found in an alley.

The injured man is the 16th person shot in Uptown this year. Here’s how that compares to previous years, according to the City of Chicago Violence Reduction Dashboard:

2012: 19
2013: 20
2014: 17
2015: 24
2016: 28
2017: 18
2018: 17
2019: 17
2020: 15
2021: 15
2022: 16

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