Man shot while walking in River North on Friday afternoon: Chicago police

CHICAGO — A man was shot while walking in River North on Friday afternoon, apparently struck by a bullet intended for someone else.

Chicago police said the 47-year-old was on the sidewalk in the first block of East Grand when someone fired shots, striking him in the left leg. Officers said they found the victim in a bathroom on the second floor of the nearby Nordstrom department store.

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. CPD said he’s in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The man is the second person shot in River North this year and the fourth person shot in the Near North community area.

On January 14, a hired driver was shot when gunmen opened fire on a group of people as he was dropping off a passenger outside a hotel in the first block of North Dearborn.

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.

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