Man shot near Howard CTA station; 7th person shot on the block this year

CHICAGO — A man shot near the Howard CTA station overnight is the seventh person to be shot on the same block this year.

He was standing in the 1600 block of West Howard when someone fired shots, striking him in the knee, Chicago police said. The 43-year-old left the scene in a taxi cab and arrived at Swedish Hospital for treatment a short time later.

A bullet that struck a gas meter in the 7600 block of North Marshfield may be to blame for a minor gas leak that appeared after the shooting. No other injuries were reported, though.

Police did not release a reason for the shooting or a description of the gunman. But an officer who reviewed surveillance video from the area said they saw a man running from the area with a gun in his hand at the time of the shooting. He was described as Black and wearing black pants, a gray sweatshirt, and white gym shoes.

So far this year, 20 people have been shot in Rogers Park, including a 2-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself. That’s up from 11 at this point last year and 12 in 2021.

Including last night, seven of this year’s victims were shot in the 1600 block of West Howard:

  • Three people were shot near the Howard CTA station at 12:50 a.m. on June 25.
  • A 33-year-old man was shot in a drive-by while standing near the Willye B. White Park fieldhouse in Rogers Park on June 9.
  • On May 22, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the chest and abdomen while walking in the park around 10:18 p.m. The victim, a Northwestern University student, was walking with a companion when the shots were fired, Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said in a Facebook post last month. They were not the intended targets, according to Hadden.
  • On February 13, a 31-year-old man was shot in a drive-by on the block, police said.

Another man was shot on the block late last year. The 48-year-old was standing outside when a gunman walked up and fired shots, striking him in the foot, according to CPD. Initial indications from the scene were that the victim knew the gunman.

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