4 shot on street in Uptown drive-by

Tribune reporter

Four people were shot in a drive-by shooting in the Uptown neighborhood this evening.

The victims were shot about 6 p.m. at Sheridan Road and Wilson Avenue, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines.

The four victims were on the street when someone began firing from a small, red car heading east on Wilson that then turned south on Sheridan, police said.

A 21-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds and was being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as was a 20-year-old who was shot in the back and side, said News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. An 18-year-old shot in the thigh and a 35-year-old shot in the finger, toe and thigh were being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

Sean Flynn, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, earlier said that two men were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for treatment and one man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. All three were considered in serious-to-critical condition, although the victims taken to St. Francis had had their conditions stabilized and the one taken to Illinois Masonic was considered in critical condition, according to the fire department.

A fourth person walked into Weiss Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound this evening, police said. It was not clear which of the two being treated at Illinois Masonic had originally walked into Weiss.

An area resident heard about 15 shots about 6 p.m., and the resident's roommate saw several people jumping into cars about that time.

By a little before 7 p.m., police tape cordoned off an area near a church at Wilson and Sheridan.

This is at least the third shooting incident with multiple victims near Sheridan Road and Wilson Avenue since Nov. 22, when a 15- and 17-year-old boy were shot about 9:30 p.m.

About 5 p.m. on Dec. 2, a woman was shot in the thigh while she was working in a nearby store when someone opened fire at another man, also injured, in a suspected gang-related shooting.

A 20-year-old man was also shot killed nearby, on the 4700 block of Winthrop Avenue, on Dec. 4.


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