CHICAGO — A suspect is in custody after a migrant was shot outside one of the city’s temporary shelters on Friday evening.
Chicago police officers reported hearing gunfire near the former Wadsworth Elementary School in Woodlawn around 7:39 p.m. They quickly found the 25-year-old victim in the 6400 block of South University. CPD said he suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen and lower back and was in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center The police department did not identify the victim as a migrant.
The gunman had already fled the scene, but cops found a man who matched the shooter’s description nearby. He was arrested after witnesses identified him as the offender, according to the police. People at the shelter believed the shooter was also a migrant, but we have been unable to independently confirm his status.
Using ShotSpotter gunfire data, cops located two shell casings, blood, and a bullet between the shelter building and a nearby park area, officers said. They also found a hoodie the suspect may have ditched as he ran from the scene.
The city housed 621 migrants at Wadsworth as of November 10.
On Wednesday evening, a 25-year-old migrant was stabbed and critically injured outside the Near North (18th) District police station, 1160 North Larrabee.
Police said an unknown assailant stabbed the victim in the chest and back around 10 p.m. While CPD did not identify the victim as a migrant, a source familiar with the situation confirmed that the victim is a migrant. They said the offender, who remains at large, is also a migrant.