CHICAGO — A man was shot and critically wounded outside a Magnificent Mile hotel on Monday afternoon, according to Chicago police. The offender remains at large.
Police said the 37-year-old man was in the 500 block of North Rush Street when the gunman walked up and started shooting around 4:28 p.m. He was struck in the abdomen and leg, leaving him in critical condition, according to CPD. Police did not offer a motive for the crime or describe the shooter.
Investigators draped crime scene tape across Rush Street to keep passersby away. Red crime scene tape, indicative of the inner crime scene, was hung around the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile driveway at 541 North Rush.
The victim is the 38th person to be shot on the Near North Side this year. Shootings are down significantly from last year, when the area had 60 shooting victims as of this date. Still, the number of victims remains above pre-pandemic levels. There were 27 shooting victims on the Near North Side as of this date in 2019.
River North, which lies within the Near North Side, has seen 24 shooting victims this year, down from 27 at this point last year but well above the ten seen as of this date in 2019.
Monday’s victim is the first person shot in the area since eight were wounded during a street brawl in the 300 block of West Erie on October 8.