Woman shot on Goose Island as cops dealt with a flood of 911 calls overnight

CHICAGO — A woman is in good condition after being shot on Goose Island overnight, according to Chicago police.

In a short media statement, CPD said the 25-year-old “was outside when an unknown offender began firing in the direction of the victim.” A bullet struck her in the back of the head, but her injuries appeared to be minor, and a person familiar with the matter expected her discharge today.

Police were handling a disturbance involving a large group of people in the 600 block of West Scott, not far from Goose Island, when the shots were fired. Officers at the disturbance reported hearing shots fired, and that was followed by a 911 caller who heard the gunfire near Cherry and Division streets.

The local police district was in a “backlog,” meaning no cars were available to investigate the gunfire. The 911 call was still on the list of pending assignments at 3:11 a.m., approximately 19 minutes after the gunfire. Listen:

Audio source: Broadcastify

Police said the victim arrived at Rush Hospital in a car with visible bullet holes. After learning that a woman had been injured, officers went to the 800 block of West Division and found between 16 and 20 shell casings in the street, an officer said. Cars had run over the casings by then, making their evidentiary value questionable.

Cops were told to be on the lookout for the gunman’s car, a gray Jeep, possibly a Cherokee or Wrangler.

So far this year, nine 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 26 in recent years:

2023: 7
2022: 26 (includes a 9-victim mass shooting)
2021: 8
2020: 4
2019: 8

Original reporting you’ll see nowhere else, paid for by our readers. Click here to support our work.

About CWBChicago 6796 Articles
CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. Our coverage area has expanded since then to cover Lincoln Park, River North, The Loop, Uptown, and other North Side Areas. But our mission remains unchanged: To provide original public safety reporting with better context and greater detail than mainstream media outlets. Our editorial email address is news@cwbchicago.com