Man shot while driving in Wicker Park, police say

Chicago —  A man was shot while driving his car in Wicker Park on Tuesday evening, according to Chicago police.

The 38-year-old told police that he was driving in the 1700 block of West Division when he heard gunfire around 11 p.m. People in the area also called 911 around that time to report shots fired, confirming the man’s story.

He drove himself to Norwegian Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his left ankle. Officers at the scene said there were bullet holes in the driver’s side of his car.

The man is the seventh person shot in the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods this year, and the first to be shot since July 30. The area had nine shooting victims at this point last year, including five victims from a single event in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee.

Since the city only publishes crime data based on community areas and not neighborhoods, it is not possible to look at longer-term shooting trends in Wicker Park and Bucktown. CWBChicago began maintaining records of shooting victims in the neighborhoods last year using a combination of Chicago police reports, geolocating crime data, and CPD media statements.

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