A male was shot in Rogers Park Friday morning, but police believe the incident isn’t connected to last week’s shootings that set the neighborhood on high alert.
The 36-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound after a verbal altercation took place around 8 a.m at the 7600 block of North Greenview Avenue, just under two miles away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. When the offender produced a firearm the man tried to flee, but was shot in the back during the attempt, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The man appeared to have known the offender, according to police.
The victim was taken to Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in critical condition, police said.
The shooting is believed to be gang-related, according to a Facebook post from 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore in a group used by many residents called “Rogers Park Neighborhood News.” Moore’s post says he received this information from Police Commander Roberto Nieves, but CPD didn’t comment on gang relation when asked by The Phoenix.
The offender was last seen fleeing in a tan vehicle, according to CPD.
Douglass Watts, 73, was shot and killed Sunday morning on the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue, 1.5 miles away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, was shot and killed the following night in Loyola Park. These shootings are believed to be connected and the investigation is still ongoing, police said.
No one is in custody for Friday’s shooting and the investigation is ongoing.
If anyone has information on the incident, call CPD at (312) 744-8263 or 911