West Town man in fair condition after ‘random’ shooting on Monday morning

CHICAGO — Witnesses tell CWBChicago that someone in a carload of possible gang members fired shots in West Town on Monday morning, striking a bystander in the forehead. He’s going to be OK. Police say he suffered a graze wound and is in fair condition.

A Chicago police spokesperson said the 25-year-old victim was shot while standing outside his car in the 1600 block of West Ohio around 9:45 a.m.

Five men arrived in a white Kia and stepped out of the car, apparently to take pictures of a street sign that was bent by a gang, according to a witness. The victim saw the group and got in his car to drive away, but at least one gunman began firing at him from near the Kia, according to information from the witness and police.

The group returned to the Kia and fled south on Marshfield after the shooting. He initially declined medical attention, the police spokesperson said, but he later took himself to Stroger Hospital.

Witnesses said the shooter and his companions were Hispanic males wearing masks. Their Kia Soul had a burned-out tail light.

“Rough start to the New Year,” local resident Sam Royko said in a Twitter post. “We had what appears to be a completely random attempted shooting at the corner of our block … It sounds as if our neighbor was just scraping the snow off his windshield when some guys in a white Kia opened fire on him.”

“He tried to escape in his car and crashed into multiple cars, all while being fired at, before ending up in a driveway,” continued Royko, who ran an unsuccessful campaign to be 1st Ward alderman in the last election cycle.

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