Bicyclist shot on Near North Side overnight

CHICAGO — A bicyclist suffered a graze wound to his head after a gunman opened fire on the Near North Side overnight, police said.

The victim, 32, was riding in the 500 block of West Oak when someone fired shots from a white SUV around 2:12 a.m., according to a CPD statement. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

Officers at the scene said they found at least 12 shell casings from different firearms, suggesting that more than one person fired shots during the incident.

So far this year, 15 people have been shot on the Near North Side. The total 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 July 5 in recent years:

2023: 15
2022: 38 (includes a 9-victim mass shooting)
2021: 18
2020: 15
2019: 21

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