Police: 5 men shot in Uptown along Safe Passage route

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Five men were shot Monday evening in Uptown on a route that CPS has designated a Safe Passage route when schools reopen next week.

The shooting happened just before 6 p.m. at the corner of Wilson and Sheridan

Witnesses told police up to 20 shots were fired from what sounded like an assault weapon after a white Sedan pulled up at the corner of Wilson and Sheridan Road.

Joseph Rogers is a security guard at  a convenience store at this corner that’s been troubled with gang violence. He says he saw a white car speeding from the scene.

“It looked like a war had taken place,” he said.

The victims ranged in age from 21 to 58-years-old.  Police say all have gang ties, except the youngest, who was the most seriously hurt.

He’s in critical condition at Illinois Masonic Medical Center with a bullet wound in the head. Police originally reported him dead at the scene.


The shooting happened just steps away from Uptown Baptist Church where members were in the basement having a prayer service and serving food to the homeless.

The pastor of  Uptown Baptist tells says its possible a few of the victims had either been coming to or leaving the church, though none are believed to be church members.

The car police believe was used in the shooting was found abandoned a few blocks north on Sheridan, near Lawrence.

There is a blue light surveillance camera at the intersection where the shooting took place that police are checking for clues.

No one is in custody.

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  • bubba

    Another shooting along a safe passage route. Exactly how safe are these routes.Hopefully the kids don't have to dodge bullets while going to school.

  • angry

    This ridiculous ! they are trying to prove a point that these so called "safe passage routes" aren't really safe. I am over these disgusting thugs shooting the city up while we sit in fear hoping we won't be the next victim. Put them all in a dome and let them kill each other since they have nothing else to live for.

  • Louise

    How many times have we heard that a 7 year old boy or girl has been shot and sometimes killed while they were playing outside while the intended target goes unscathed? Are they going to suggest that kids wear bullet proof vests? It is sad what is happening to Uptown. Safe Passage routes are a joke. No child should fear for their lives walking to school. Perhaps they should have taken the 10s of millions of dollars for the DePaul stadium and put it into the schools, but I guess that is asking to much. I worry for these children.


    Anyone that did not now safe passage was a joke form the beginning is not being realistic. And buy the way 4 of the people were gang related and it will get worse in these areas.