Daylight shooting leaves man dead near Morse Red Line station

Chicago police officers gather at the scene of a fatal shooting in the 1400 block of West Morse on March 12, 2024 (Provided)

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed near the Morse Red Line station on Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police say. The gunman remains on the loose.

The 21-year-old was standing in the 1400 block of West Morse when another man fired shots in his direction around 2 p.m., according to a CPD statement. “Multiple” bullets struck the victim in the head, and he died a short time later at St. Francis Hospital, the statement said.

Surveillance video showed the gunman running west on the south side of Morse after the shooting. He was described as Black, in his 20s, wearing a blue hoodie, a black face mask, and gray pants. Some witnesses said he got into a black Audi that fled the scene, but that has not been confirmed.

The shooter had been hanging out at a nearby convenience store in the minutes leading up to the shooting.

An officer at the scene said the victim was in possession of a handgun, but it is not clear if the weapon was displayed or if investigators found it on his body. Court records show that he was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after CPD officers arrested him in the same neighborhood last summer. The case is still pending. 

He is the seventh person shot in Rogers Park this year and the second to be murdered. Four of this year’s victims, including the other murder case, occurred during a single event inside Pottawattomie Park on February 25.

The neighborhood had four shooting victims at this point last year. Six people had been shot in Rogers Park as of March 12, 2022, including one who was shot by someone acting in self-defense. There were two shooting victims during the same timeframe in 2021. 

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