CHICAGO — An elderly woman was shot Thursday afternoon in Lakeview East.
At around 1:35 p.m., authorities responded to the 3100 block of North Broadway on the report of a person shot.
A 72-year-old woman was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh. She was stabilized and transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition.
Trisha Kurtz ran out of Johnny Sprockets Bicycle Shop to the commotion. She saw a 72-year-old woman laying on the ground surrounded by family, including a baby. Kurtz realized the woman was shot in the thigh and put pressure on her wound.
“I’m holding the woman’s hand but also elbowing down like a clamp, like a makeshift clamp,” Kurtz said. “She was very alert, more concerned about the baby that was starting to cry.”
Before the ambulance arrived, Kurtz said she learned the victim was visiting her niece in the neighborhood. She was walking with two younger women and the baby in a stroller when she was shot.
The shooting is the second in Lakeview this week. Happy Camper employee Hermilo Beltran, 47, was shot and killed in an alley in the 3400 block of North Clark on Sunday night.
Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Maureeen Martino is upset the area has been recently rocked by gun violence.
“When are we going to get laws to keep violent offenders away, to keep kids with guns off the street to stop the carjackings to take our city back?” Martino said. “We can’t keep going like this.”
No suspects are in custody.
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