‘Uncooperative’ man may have been shot on a busy Wicker Park street, police say

The 1500 block of North Milwaukee is seen in an image from Google Street View. (Google)

CHICAGO — Police are investigating after a man showed up at a hospital, claiming that someone shot him at a busy Wicker Park intersection overnight.

The 20-year-old walked into St. Mary’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right thigh shortly after 1 a.m. He told officers that the shooting occurred outside in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee but was otherwise described as “uncooperative” in a Chicago police media statement.

CPD said the man “refused to answer any questions about the incident.” Police did not receive any calls of shots fired in the area. If the man’s claims are valid, he is the first person shot in Wicker Park or Bucktown since October.

But the 1500 block of North Milwaukee is no stranger to shootings.

There were nine people shot last year in the adjacent neighborhoods, with three victims being shot during robberies. One of last year’s victims was shot following an argument inside a bar in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee.

The neighborhoods also had nine people shot in 2022, including a triple shooting in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee on New Year’s Eve. One of the victims died. Another man was shot on the same block in February 2022. Charges have been filed in the case.

A shootout in front of a nightclub in the 1500 block of North Milwaukee left one man dead and four others injured on October 10, 2021. Prosecutors charged one man in connection with the case, but they rejected charges against a second suspect.

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