Chicago — Three men were shot while walking in a Wicker Park alley overnight, possibly after arguing with the gunman at a nearby bar, according to Chicago police and a law enforcement source.
Chicago police officers stationed in the Wicker Park nightlife district reported gunshots at 2:07 a.m. near the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Honore Street.
CPD said three men were walking in the alley when a gunman approached them, began shouting, and opened fire. He then ran from the scene.
Investigators found shell casings in an alley behind a bar in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee and a handgun in the 1400 block of North Honore, according to transmissions on CPD’s encrypted radio network.
An officer at the scene said two Hispanic men ran from the shooting scene, one about 5’2″ tall wearing a black and white Nike sweatshirt and the other dressed in a white shirt.
In a media statement, Chicago police said a 38-year-old man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his torso. A 28-year-old man, shot in the groin and abdomen, was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition. The third man, 26, was taken to Stroger in fair condition with two gunshot wounds to his chest.
Wicker Park’s nightlife strip on Milwaukee Avenue has been the scene of at least two other shootings since late last year.
Last October, a shootout left one person dead and four injured outside The Point, 1565 North Milwaukee. Charges have been filed against one man who allegedly participated in the shooting.
The Point continued to operate until February, when the city forced the business to close after a gunman fired into the bar at closing time, striking a man who was inside. Charges have been filed against the man authorities say fired the shots.
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