Driver shot and killed while waiting for red light on Near North Side

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CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed while stopped at a red light on the Near North Side early Sunday, Chicago police said. He is the sixth person shot in the neighborhood in a week.

The 24-year-old man was sitting in his BMW in the 800 block of North Orleans when a white SUV pulled up next to him around 3:36 a.m. Someone fired shots at the victim from inside the SUV, striking him multiple times, according to CPD.

Many people were in the area, patronizing local nightlife spots and a 24-hour diner. Some of them administered CPR and other lifesaving efforts before EMS arrived, but the man succumbed to his injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He is the 23rd person shot on the Near North Side this year and the third murder victim. That’s down from 50 shooting victims at this point last year, a tally that includes nine victims shot by a gunman near the Chicago-State Red Line station on May 19, 2022, and four shot during a single incident on July 10.

Police are still investigating two shootings that occurred in the neighborhood last weekend.

A gunman sprayed more than two dozen bullets, injuring four people near the Clark-Division Red Line station around 11:46 p.m. on Sunday, August 13.

In a media statement, Chicago police said a 28-year-old man was critically injured. The other victims—a 22-year-old woman, a 24-year-old man, and a 42-year-old man—suffered gunshot wounds to their legs.

Later, another man was shot a few blocks away in an unrelated incident, according to Chicago police. The 32-year-old was sitting in his car in the 900 block of North Cambridge around 3:01 a.m. Monday when an unknown person shot him. He drove himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

An officer at the hospital radioed that he “doesn’t talk to the police” and repeatedly told cops, “no statement.”

Update August 22: The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Brandon Hatcher Jr.

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