Shooting at South Loop homeless encampment leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

The men were shot in a homeless camp in the 1100 block of South Desplaines. | Google

CHICAGO — A shooting in a South Loop homeless encampment left one man dead and another seriously injured overnight.

Chicago police responded to the camp, wedged between the 1100 block of South Desplaines and the Dan Ryan Expressway, to handle calls of shots fired around 12:06 a.m. They found one man, believed to be between 40 and 50 years old, with a gunshot wound to his torso, a CPD media statement said. He died a short time later at Stroger Hospital.

The other man, 32, suffered a gunshot wound to his forehead. He was in fair condition at Stroger.

Police offered few details about what led up to the shooting. One person in the camp said they heard fighting before and after the gunshots.

At this point, it is unclear if the men who were shot were involved in the altercations. Investigators appeared to collect evidence inside one of the tents, but police did not announce any arrests.

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