Monday, October 15, 2018

Uptown: Two injured in separate shootings Sunday evening

The first victim was shot as he rode in a vehicle near the Wilson Avenue underpass at Lake Shore Drive. | Google
Two people, including a 15-year-old boy, were injured in separate shootings just minutes apart in the Uptown neighborhood on Sunday evening. No one is in custody, but the same gunman is believed to be responsible for both shootings.

In the first incident, a 31-year-old man was riding in a vehicle near the Wilson Avenue underpass of Lake Shore Drive when someone in another car opened fire on him just before 8:30 p.m., according to information provided by a police department source. The driver of the victim’s car took him to nearby Weiss Hospital where the man was listed in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, a graze wound to his neck, and a lacerated finger.

Meanwhile, the shooter’s vehicle is believed to have continued westbound on Wilson Avenue until the gunman opened fire on a group of people standing in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 1004 West Wilson. A 15-year-old boy was struck in the left foot.

The teen shooting victim's Facebook photo (edited) | Facebook
Another shot flew through the window of a nearby apartment building. The bullet came to rest on the resident’s kitchen counter, police said.

The teen was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition. According to the boy’s Facebook profile, he is a student at Lane Tech High School. His profile photo shows him standing in the same McDonald’s parking lot with a group of teens, some of whom appear to be flashing gang signs.

Witnesses described the shooter’s vehicle as a Mercedes-Benz hatchback with tinted windows. It was last seen continuing west on Wilson Avenue from the McDonald’s. Police suspect the gunman is a member of the Black P Stones street gang.

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