Man shot as altercations break out at Montrose Beach

Chicago police officers at the scene of a shooting near Montrose Beach on May 19, 2024. (Citizen App)

CHICAGO — A man was shot during an altercation involving a large group of people near Montrose Beach on Sunday evening. Chicago police said the gunman escaped after his getaway car crashed nearby.

People were heading home after a busy, summery day at the beach when police began to report altercations breaking out within the crowd around 8:20 p.m. As the situation continued to unfold, a gunman seated inside a silver sedan rolled through the 4400 block of North Simonds Drive.

Police said the gunman opened fire on a 38-year-old man who was standing in the parking lot, striking him in the back.

After the shooting, the gunman’s car, driven by another person, sped away and crashed into another vehicle on the lot, according to CPD. Officers quickly detained the driver, but the gunman got away. Police did not release a description of the gunman.

EMS transported the victim, who suffered three gunshot wounds to his back, to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. His condition had stabilized by Sunday night, according to CPD.

So far this year, four people have been shot in Uptown. The neighborhood’s shooting totals as of this date in other recent years:

2019: 7
2020: 7
2021: 4
2022: 7
2023: 3

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