Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Man shot near Belmont and Racine in critical condition

A TV news camera is aimed at Monday's shooting scene
A 27-year-old man is in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center after being shot in the neck behind the 1200 block of W. Belmont Monday evening.

Police have yet to determine a motive in the shooting. A law enforcement source told CWB Chicago that the victim did not have a wallet or identification, which could indicate that he got caught up in a robbery.

Witnesses reported hearing a single gunshot around 8:35PM and the victim was soon found lying on his back near the intersection of two alleys on the north side of Belmont.

No shell casings were found, but an officer was heard saying that there was “an alley full of blood.”

Investigators believe that a single shot passed completely through the victim’s neck and then flew into the wall of a nearby home, the source said.

Nicholas Notorangelo told TV news outlets last night that the victim was wearing flip flops and carrying a Powerade when the shot rang out. Police preliminarily identified the victim as Hispanic,  but later updated that information to say that he is white.

Police canvas near the shooting as a TV reporter broadcasts
Detectives are working with a vague suspect description: male, unknown race, 5’7” to 5’9” tall, 170 pounds, wearing a floppy white hat. He was last seen walking southbound on Racine from the north alley.

Last night's shooting was the second for our neighborhood since Saturday. A 23-year-old man was shot around 1:30AM Saturday near Addison and Lake Shore Drive. That incident is believed to be gang-related.

Cops probe weekend gunfire in nearby Lincoln Park

Detectives worked Monday to determine if a 28-year-old man who told cops that he was shot in Logan Square early Sunday was actually shot in nearby Lincoln Park.

The man, who had a gunshot wound to his right arm, pulled up to Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital around 3:40AM in a car. He was subsequently transferred to Illinois Masonic. Police said the man was “very uncooperative” with their investigation.

As the sun came up Sunday morning, police responded to multiple 911 calls from the 2500 and 2600 blocks of N. Lakeview and N. Stockton.

One woman called after finding her white Subaru “shot up” on the street around 6:15AM.

Two hours later, a man reported finding three shell casings on Stockton Drive. He told officers that he thought he heard gunshots a little after 3 o’clock that morning—shortly before the gunshot victim showed up at nearby St. Joe’s.

This morning, a  third driver found a bullet hole in a car which had been parked in the 2500 block of Stockton since the weekend.
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The next community policing meeting for Wrigleyville and Boystown will be at the 19th district station, 850 W. Addison, at 7PM on Wednesday, August 3.