17-year-old shot inside River North hotel

The Homewood Suites at 40 East Grand (Google)

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded inside a River North hotel overnight. Chicago police said he refused to answer any questions. The gunman remains at large.

Police responded to calls of shots fired and a person shot on the 18th floor of Homewood Suites, 40 East Grand, around 1:14 a.m. They found the boy inside a guest room on that floor with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Officers at the scene said the shooting occurred in a stairwell and in the 18th-floor hallway, where at least one bullet hole pierced a wall.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42) said on Twitter that CPD plans to seek a meeting with hotel management and the city’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to review “this very serious incident.”

The meeting would seek to “review their security protocols & to improve safety at this location,” the alderman wrote.

On Christmas Eve 2017, Chicago police arrested 12 people and recovered three handguns after shots were fired during a hotel room party on the ninth floor of the same Homewood Suites. No injuries were reported.

Today’s victim is the fifth person shot on the Near North Side this year. That total includes a Chicago police officer and an alleged burglar who were injured in a shootout on January 8.

The boy is the third person shot in the River North area in 2024:

  • On February 2, a 47-year-old man was shot in the ankle as he walked in the first block of East Grand, just steps from the Homewood Suites. He told police that a gunman in a black Dodge Durango fired shots at a Dodge Charger, but one of the bullets wound up hitting him instead.
  • On January 14, a livery driver dropping off a passenger outside SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn, 410 North Dearborn, was shot by a group of gunmen who intended to shoot someone else.

Shootings in River North and on the Near North Side are generally on-pace with the first two months of most recent years. An exception is 2022, which had six shooting victims by the end of February.

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