4 Wounded in Gang Mass Shooting at Wilson CTA Station

(Chicago Tribune) Four people were wounded, one seriously, in a shootout in the North Side’s Uptown neighborhood Wednesday night, Chicago police said.

Around 8:15 p.m., a light-colored SUV stopped near Wilson Avenue and Clifton Street where two people were standing, Deputy Chief Al Nagode said.

At least two people got out and opened fire at the men. One man collapsed in the 1100 block of West Wilson Avenue, Nagode said. The other man ran north through an alley.

Someone fired back at the two suspects, who returned to the SUV and drove off, police said.

Two people were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital by Fire Department personnel. Two others drove to the hospital. One person with gunshot wounds to the chest was listed in serious condition, and the other three were in good condition.

“There are some historical gang problems in this area,” Nagode said. “We have been working really hard in this area to tamp that down. We believe that this was a targeted shooting and not a random act. The subject came here specifically looking for someone.”

Ald. James Cappleman urged any witnesses to come forward. “We stand united with police in that we will not tolerate gang violence,” he said.

A block east of the Wilson CTA station, police wore scarves around their faces as they surveyed the scene of the attack. Red crime scene tape encircled the entrance to a restaurant. Nearby sat about a dozen evidence markers and shattered glass.

The attack happened near Truman College at 1145 W. Wilson, the CTA’s Wilson stop and a 7-Eleven.

The four were among 13 people shot, one fatally, in attacks across Chicago from Wednesday morning into early Thursday. They included a man killed in the West Side’s East Garfield Park neighborhood, and a Chicago police officer shot in the hand.

In the homicide, a 26-year-old man was shot on the West Side about 12:15 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street, according to police.

The victim was identified as Eric S. Thomas, who was shot on his block, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Witnesses told police that a dark-colored sedan pulled up and someone inside fired shots at the man. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead at 12:43 p.m., police said.

On the Far South Side, the police officer was shot around 11:20 p.m. in the 9500 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Rosemoor neighborhood. Plainclothes officers were chasing someone after a street stop when the person turned around and fired shots, police said.

The officer was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Other shootings

• About 12:10 a.m. Thursday on the Near West Side, a 25-year-old man was shot in the hand in the 2200 block of West Adams Street, police said. He was standing on the sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain. The man went to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

• Around 9:55 p.m. Wednesday on the Southwest Side, a 22-year-old man was shot during an attempted robbery in the 7200 block of South Kedzie Avenue in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said. The man was standing in an alley when another man approached him, flashed a gun and announced a robbery. The man struggled with the robber’s weapon when he was grazed in the chest and shot twice in the arm. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stablized.

• Around 6:50 p.m. on the West Side, a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old man were shot in the 200 block of North Homan Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The boy, who was hit in the back and shoulder, took himself to Mt. Sinai Hospital. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital by ambulance with gunshot wounds to his right hip. Both of their conditions were stabilized at the hospitals. The man said he was walking in the area when a male suspect with dreadlocks approached him on foot and opened fire.

• Around 10:35 a.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the hand in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, according to police. Police said he was shot in the 2500 block of South Blue Island Avenue during a struggle in which someone he knew pulled a handgun and demanded his money. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The shooter fled.

• On the South Side around 11:50 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the Englewood neighborhood. Police said the man was shot in the left side of the chest in the 1100 block of West 56th Street. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.

• Around 8:45 a.m. in the Northwest Side’s Albany Park neighborhood, a 30-year-old man was shot in the cheek in the 4700 block of North Whipple Street. An unknown person approached the man on foot and open fired. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

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