CHICAGO – A man was shot Tuesday night while riding in a car on Michigan Avenue near “The Bean”, the latest in a series of recent attacks in the Loop.
The 19-year-old was in the backseat of a vehicle around 10:18 p.m. in the first block of North Michigan Avenue when he heard gunfire and was shot in the shoulder, police said.
The man was struck in the shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, police said.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots near Michigan Avenue and Madison Street and seeing a black Toyota Prius speeding away west, according to police radio traffic.
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No one is in custody as Area Three detectives investigate.
Cloud Gate sculpture at night, in Chicago, Illinois. (Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Chicago police said they have increased officers in the downtown area after a series of shootings in the area this month.
On May 1, two men were shot and wounded near the Chicago Theater when the victims of a robbery opened fire at the thieves and hit them instead. An evening performance of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” was canceled at the Nederlander nearby.
The same day, a teen was shot to death inside the Sonesta ES Suites at 201 E. Walton Pl. when people who were allowed in through a side door began arguing and shooting at each other, according to police.
A day earlier, a woman was killed and another woman was wounded outside the 10pin bowling alley in the 300 block of North State Street when a man got out of a car during an argument and opened fire early morning April 30.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.