Driver shot while dropping off passenger at River North hotel

Chicago police units at the scene of a shooting outside two hotels in the 400 block of North Dearborn on January 14, 2024. | Citizen

CHICAGO — A livery driver was shot when gunmen opened fire on a group of people as he was dropping off a passenger outside a River North hotel on Sunday evening, according to Chicago police. It happened around 9:19 p.m. outside the SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn at 410 North Dearborn.

Police said two men got out of a black sedan and started shooting at a group of people on the sidewalk as the victim was letting his passenger out. A bullet grazed the 52-year-old victim’s left shoulder blade. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.

The gunmen fled in the black car after firing shots, speeding down Hubbard Street with one of its rear doors hanging open.

A video posted to the Citizen app showed police crime scene tape draped across Dearborn Street in front of the hotels’ shared entrance. A bullet hole pierced the hotels’ front door and at least two cars, according to a witness. Several shell casings were also seen lying in the street.

Sunday’s victim is the third person shot on the Near North Side in 2024. A 55-year-old Chicago police officer and 33-year-old Deshawn Lucas were both shot during an exchange of gunfire in the first block of East Walton early on January 8.

Prosecutors said the officers encountered Lucas with a gun in his hand as he ran from a smash-and-grab burglary at the Prada store at 30 East Oak. The cops ordered him to drop the weapon, but he opted to shoot at the police, two of whom returned fire, officials said.

Lucas, who had been AWOL from a pending federal gun case for more than three years, is charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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