Man shot blocks away from Northwest Side police station

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CHICAGO– Chicago police didn’t have to go far to investigate a shooting on the Northwest Side Monday, after part of the crime scene unfolded in their own parking lot.

Police say a 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were injured in a shooting around 11 a.m. Monday on the 2700 block of West Fletcher, before driving themselves to the Belmont District police station, just blocks away.

Investigators surrounded the black SUV in the parking lot and inspected the car while the man was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious condition. The woman suffered a graze wound and refused treatment..

Later on, there was an odd sight: police tape surrounding the police station, a startling situation for neighbor Eva Malave.

“We got afraid because there was so much stuff happening all at the same time. It was police officers, ambulances, fire engine, detectives, and we thought somebody got hurt, but we didn’t see any bodies — we just saw cars all over,” Malave said.

Neighbor Richard Washam was home just before 11 a.m. Monday when the shooting happened, but he says he only witnessed the aftermath.

“I just saw through my window, I could see when the police cars rolled up,” Washam said. “It’s definitely a good neighborhood, so this is kind of surprising…”

Police say they’re continuing to investigate what led to the shooting in the first place.


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