Man shot in Loyola Park on Thursday evening as shootings spike in Rogers Park

The victim was shot inside Loyola Park near the parking lot at Sheridan and Touhy. | Google

CHICAGO — A man was shot while standing in Loyola Park on Thursday evening, Chicago police said. He was the second person shot within hours in Rogers Park, which is experiencing a significant increase in shootings this year.

Police said the 28-year-old was on a sidewalk inside the park when a dark sedan pulled into the parking lot at Sheridan and Touhy. Someone fired on the victim from inside the car, which sped from the scene.

The man was shot several times throughout his body and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.

Earlier, a 33-year-old man was shot in the foot when a drive-by gunman opened fire in the 1400 block of West Arthur at 1:25 p.m., according to CPD.

The men are the 11th and 12th persons shot in Rogers Park this year, compared to six at this point last year and three as of this date in 2021. Officials concluded that four of last year’s victims were shot by someone acting in self-defense, so those events are not included in the city’s official statistics.

Among other recent shootings in the neighborhood:

  • On April 6, a 33-year-old man was shot in the 7600 block of North Sheridan. Police said the man was shot while walking, but a witness reported that the man was hiding behind a dumpster when a woman shot him.
  • A 20-year-old woman received a graze wound to her back while walking up the stairs of an apartment building in the 1300 block of West Columbia on March 29.
  • A 23-year-old man was shot in the 1500 block of West Jonquil Terrace on March 26.
  • A 57-year-old man was shot while sitting in a car in the 7300 block of North Greenview on March 25.
  • Quentin Pruett, 45, of Madison, Wisconsin, was shot and killed during a home invasion in the 7600 block of North Sheridan on March 21. His family believes he was not the intended target.
  • On March 3, a 37-year-old man was found fatally shot inside an apartment in the 7500 block of North Damen. Police initially detained a woman inside the apartment, but she was later released. Investigators did not find a weapon at the scene, and the medical examiner’s office has not determined the cause and manner of the man’s death.
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