Triple shooting overnight is Lakeview’s 3rd shooting since Thursday

Crime scene tape marks the shooting scene outside Stella’s Diner on the corner of Barry and Broadway in Lakeview. | Provided

CHICAGO — As recently as Wednesday evening, no one had been shot in Lakeview this year. Since then, five people have been shot, including three in a single incident early today. All of the shootings have occurred just off a half-mile stretch of Broadway. Yet, Chicago police sources say there is no known connection between the crimes.

This morning’s shooting appears to have been a shootout between an unknown number of people near the intersection of Broadway and Barry around 12:50 a.m. Officers at the scene said that one of the victims appeared to be simply passing by when the shooting occurred.

Officially, a Chicago police media statement said, “The victims were walking on the sidewalk when shots were fired.” No arrests have been made.

Here’s what we have learned: Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 600 block of West Barry, just outside Stella’s Diner, and initially discovered two gunshot victims.

Near a Mariano’s parking structure, a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s was critically wounded with two gunshot wounds to his chest.

A 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his leg was found in the 3100 block of North Broadway. An officer at the scene said he was not cooperating with the investigation.

Moments later, a 32-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his back approached officers at the scene. He was passing by when the shooting started, catching him in the crossfire.

Shell casings of different calibers, baseball hats, and a hoodie littered Barry Avenue. Several parked cars were struck by bullets.

Additional casings and a firearm were found in a parking lot next to Maison Marcel, a French cafe at 3114 North Broadway. That’s just a few steps from where the uncooperative shooting victim was located.

Chicago police officers keep an eye on a second crime scene in the 3100 block of North Broadway. | Provided

A second gun was found in an apartment building courtyard in the 600 block of West Wellington.

After the dust had settled, a woman approached police to report that her black and white Sheepadoodle had bolted when the gunfire began. An officer radioed that the 65-pound black and white dog was last seen near Belmont Avenue.

On Sunday, a CWBChicago reporter happily reported that the Sheepadoodle was found around 7 a.m.

“Her paws are a little raw but she is unharmed and safe,” beamed the reader.

Four nights, three shootings

Sunday’s shooting was the third since Thursday in Lakeview East and Boystown.

William Hair, a 35-year-old Lincoln Park man, was shot and killed in the 500 block of West Surf around 2:14 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that they believed he was killed during a robbery attempt.

It happened across the street from the Willows Hotel, just east of Broadway. A friend of Hair’s was with him, and passersby reported that at least two offenders fled the scene in a red SUV. An officer who reviewed surveillance video said the car may have been a red or dark orange Kia Soul.

On Thursday, another man was shot in the 500 block of West Melrose, about a half mile north of Saturday’s murder and two blocks from Sunday’s shooting.

In that case, a 35-year-old Indiana man told police he was sitting in his black Chevy Malibu when someone walked up and started shooting around 1:41 a.m., police said. The victim sped from the scene and flagged down a passing CPD patrol car for help at the intersection of Broadway and Cornelia.

Investigators said they found several rifle casings in the middle of Melrose Street, not far from where the man said he was renting a nightly apartment.

Ald. Bennett Lawson (44th) told his constituents in an email on Friday that “both the victim and perpetrator were not Chicago residents,” suggesting that police know the identity of Thursday’s gunman. No arrests have been announced.

At this point last year, Lakeview had recorded four shooting victims. There was one as of this date in 2021 and six in 2020, two of which were accidental.