Cops search for suspect after man is shot near Streeterville Whole Foods

Chicago police officers block the exits of a parking garage as other units search for a shooting suspect in Streeterville on June 14, 2024. (Citizen app)

Update 2:05 p.m. – The suspect is in custody, according to Ald. Brian Hopkins.

CHICAGO — Police are on the hunt for a gunman after a 50-year-old man was shot near the Whole Foods in Streeterville this morning.

Police responded to the corner of Grand and Columbus around 8:36 a.m. after a 911 caller reported that someone had fired a shot during an argument on the street.

The victim was conscious, standing, and talking easily with first responders, according to the video provided to CWBChicago. A single gunshot wound was visible on his left shoulder. He has been taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.

On Grand Avenue, a single shell casing was visible under a parked car.

Witnesses told police that the gunman ran into the Whole Foods parking garage after the shooting. The officers sealed off the garage and called in canine units to help with the search. They also located a firearm on the garage ramp.

The suspect was described as a Black man, possibly in his 30s, bearded with long dreads. He was wearing a green shirt and orange pants, according to an initial description shared on the local police radio frequency.

Friday’s shooting is the third in less than a week for the Near North Side. Yesterday morning, a man was shot near the corner of Astor and North Boulevard. A local aldermen, Brian Hopkins,  said that the incident appeared to be gang-related and involved people who knew each other. However, a different alderman, Timmy Knudsen, told his constituents that the shooting may be related to a robbery.

Early last Sunday, a man was shot while standing in the Portillo’s drive-thru at Clark and Ontario. At the time of the shooting, the restaurant remained closed, but nearby clubs were letting out for the night.

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