Man shot, critically injured near downtown carwash

CHICAGO — A man was shot and critically injured on the Near North Side on Monday morning, Chicago police said. The gunman remains at large.

At about 11:36 a.m., the victim was driving behind a carwash in the 800 block of North Orleans when a gray vehicle occupied by two people pulled up, police said.

One person got out of the gray car and opened fire on the victim’s white Audi, striking the 42-year-old multiple times. The gunman returned to the gray car and left the area.

Police said the victim is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Investigators at the scene said they found a firearm that may belong to the victim.

The gunman’s car, believed to be an Alfa Romeo SUV, was last seen heading onto the Ontario feeder ramp shortly after the shooting.

Police provided no motive for the shooting.

The victim is the 41st person shot on the Near North Side this year. Shootings in the neighborhood are down significantly from last year, when the area had 67 shooting victims as of this date, including nine struck in a mass shooting. Still, the number of victims remains above pre-pandemic levels. There were 32 shooting victims on the Near North Side as of this date in 2019.

Before this morning, the most recent shootings on the Near North Side were on October 28 when a woman was shot at Navy Pier and a man was shot in the 100 block of West Hubbard. Charges have been filed in the Navy Pier case.

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