30+ shots fired leaving man injured near downtown diner

A Chicago police officer pulls crime scene tape across the intersection of Chicago and Locust after a man was shot nearby on May 11, 2024. (Citizen App)

CHICAGO — At least 30 shots were fired near a popular all-night diner on the Near North Side overnight, leaving a 34-year-old man injured. Chicago police said the shooting began as a “verbal altercation.”

The victim, 34, encountered the other man in the 300 block of West Locust around 2:05 a.m., according to CPD. Police said the altercation ensued, and the other man pulled out a gun. Moments later, authorities found the victim, who had sustained a gunshot wound to his foot, near the corner of Chicago and Orleans. CPD did not provide any details about what led up to the confrontation.

Officers at the scene said they found at least 30 shell casings along Orleans, as well as several bullet fragments. Gunfire also struck cars in the area.

The gunman was described as a Black man with dreadlocks in his mid- to late 20s wearing dark clothing. He fled the scene in a vehicle, according to a witness.

So far this year, eight people have been shot on the Near North Side. That includes a Chicago police officer and a suspected burglar who exchanged gunfire near the Magnificent Mile on January 8. Near North shooting totals as of May 11 in recent years:

2023: 4
2022: 14
2021: 3
2020: 4
2019: 8

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