Man shot while driving in River North, police say

Chicago police say a man was shot while driving near the Hubbard Street bar district in River North overnight.

Officers in the area reported hearing gunfire around 1:52 a.m., and 911 calls soon followed. In a media statement, CPD said the man was in his car on Hubbard Street, just east of State Street, when shots were fired and one round struck the man in his right leg.

He drove himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. The police said he was listed in fair condition.

A passerby told CWBChicago they saw five shell casings in the street before police arrived.

CPD did not offer a motive for the shooting, nor did the department release a description of the suspect.

The victim is the 14th person shot in River North this year, down from 23 at this point last year. The neighborhood had 15 people shot as of this date in 2021; 12 at this time in 2020; and nine during the period in 2019.

The most recent shooting before this morning occurred on September 18 during a robbery one block west on Hubbard Street.

At about 4:30 that morning, a 50-year-old man was shot when he refused to comply with an armed robber on Hubbard Street, just west of State Street.

Police said the robber confronted the victim, who was walking on Hubbard Street, and demanded his valuables. Instead, the victim began fighting with the offender.

During the struggle, the victim “heard shots and felt pain and sustained a gunshot wound to the left buttock,” a CPD media statement said.

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