Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Old Town: Victims In Critical Condition After Double-Shooting Tuesday Evening

The corner of Blackhawk and Sedgwick near where two men were shot on Tuesday. | Google
Two men are in critical condition after being shot Tuesday evening about a block from the Sedgwick Brown Line station in Old Town, police said.

Both men “were on foot when they heard shots and felt pain,” according to a police department statement. Video surveillance showed a man with a hoodie over his head approaching the two victims from the side and opening fire just before 8 p.m., according to an officer on the scene. A witness said the shooter then fled northbound in an alley behind the 1400 block of North Sedgwick. He was described as being about 18-years-old, black, and about 5’7” tall.

A 23-year-old man sustained gunshot wounds to the body and was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he is in critical condition, police said. The second victim, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the upper left leg and right arm. He was also reported in critical condition at Northwestern, according to police.

At the scene Tuesday evening, a woman who lives in the 400 block of West Blackhawk said she heard six shots fired. Shell casings could be seen on her block as well as on Sedgwick.

The 23-year-old victim has been arrested at least three times for drug dealing and drug possession within a block of the shooting scene. No criminal record could be immediately found for the second victim.

Earlier in the afternoon, 18th (Near North) District community policing officers held “positive loitering” events a half-block east and a half-block west of shooting scene.

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