Party bus shooting that injured 8 among several violent incidents across Chicago in single day

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CHICAGO — At least eight people are hospitalized after a drive-by shooting involving a party bus in Lincoln Park, according to Chicago police.

The shooting happened just before midnight Wednesday in the 1600 block of North La Salle Drive at the BP gas station. Police said the party bus made a pit stop at the BP and about 36 people reportedly exited the bus. Some people were inside the gas station, and some were outside of the bus when the shooting began.

According to police, a dark-gray Jeep Grand Cherokee pulled up and someone inside fired shots.

A 24-year-old man was shot in the arm and is in fair condition at Northwestern Hospital, along with a 26-year-old woman who was shot in the leg. She is in serious condition.

A 23-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the groin and is in serious condition at Northwestern Hospital.

Two men, ages 42 and 52, were both shot in the leg and are in fair condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital.

A 27-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and is in critical condition at Northwestern Hospital. A 29-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and is in fair condition at Stroger Hospital. He initially self-transported to Rush Hospital and was then transferred to Stroger. Both men are known to police, according to authorities.

A 26-year-old woman self-transported herself to Jackson Park Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand and is in good condition.

Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said detectives believe the people on the bus were targeted but he didn’t provide any specifics.

Two of the people hurt were employees of the bus company, including a security guard. Another person was sitting in a car at the gas station, Deenihan said.

Police say a second offending vehicle, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee, was also on the scene — but it’s unclear what role it played. 

No one is in custody. Area Three detectives are investigating.

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Earlier in the night, a drive-by shooting on the city’s Near West Side left two men dead. The men were standing outside in West Town when someone in a passing SUV fired shots at them. No one was immediately taken into custody.

Ten other people were shot, one fatally, in two shootings within blocks and minutes of each other Wednesday evening in North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, police said.

A 15-year-old boy died after being shot in the head in one shooting, which also wounded four other teens, including a 16-year-old who was in grave condition, police said.

The second shooting about the same time wounded five people, including an 18-year-old man who was in critical condition and a 15-year-old boy who was in good condition.

CPD Supt. David Brown on Thursday said few of the people wounded in each shooting are cooperating with police and urged community members to come forward if they know anything.

“Street justice is never ending,” Brown said. “The appetite for revenge is never satisfied. It only harms. It only ruins your community. And we need the community to step forward now. We are in a battle for the heart and soul of some of our communities and now is the time to speak up.”

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