Girl, 17, shot while traveling on Lake Shore Drive — possibly by someone else in her car

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park on Sunday evening may have been shot by the vehicle’s backseat passenger, according to a law enforcement source. Chicago police were questioning two people.

CPD said the girl was traveling in a vehicle in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive “when she sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back by an unknown offender” around 7 p.m.

But CWBChicago has learned that the shooting victim arrived at St. Joseph Hospital, 2800 North Lake Shore Drive, in a car sometime before 6:30 p.m. She was transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Officers detained a 21-year-old man at the hospital for questioning.

About 20 minutes after the woman arrived at St. Joe’s, another man approached a Chicago police officer outside the Town Hall (19th) District police station in Lakeview.

He told the cops that he was somehow involved in the shooting and that the gun used to shoot the girl was inside his car, which was parked in the police station’s public garage.

Officers recovered a weapon from the vehicle. They reportedly found blood in the car and a bullet hole in one of the seats.

Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.

Sunday’s shooting is the first of the year for the Lincoln Park community area.

Editor’s note: Chicago police initially said this shooting occurred in the 1700 block of North Lake Shore Drive. Investigators subsequently determined that it occurred further north, in the 2700 block. This story has been updated with the revised information.

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