Man shot while relieving himself on a tree in Lincoln Park

CHICAGO — A gunman attempted to rob a man inside Lincoln Park on Sunday evening as he urinated on a tree. Chicago police said the victim is in fair condition.

The 49-year-old was riding in a car but stopped to relieve himself next to a tree near Diversey Parkway and Cannon Drive around 7:40 p.m. As he was standing next to the tree, a stranger approached, displayed a gun, and demanded his property.

Police said the robber’s pistol fired when the victim grabbed it, striking him in the torso. The victim returned to his vehicle, and a friend drove him to nearby St. Joseph Hospital. He was subsequently transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. 

The victim described the suspect as a Black man between 18 and 20 years old, 5’7″ tall, wearing a black hoodie.

Police did not receive any calls of shots fired in the area of Diversey and Cannon on Sunday evening.

Sunday’s victim is the second person shot in Lincoln Park this year. The first shooting of the year occurred on February 22, when a concealed carry holder unintentionally shot a man while handling a gun inside an apartment.

Year-to-date shooting totals for Lincoln Park in other recent years:

  • 2023: 0
  • 2022: 0
  • 2021: 2
  • 2020: 0
  • 2019: 0

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