ALBANY PARK — A 19-year-old man was hospitalized after being shot in the head on Thursday night, police say.
Pagan was walking in the 5000 block of North Albany Avenue around 11:15 p.m. when a gunman got out of a dark colored SUV and began firing at him, police said.
Pagan was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, according to police spokesperson Jennifer Bryk. On Friday, police spokesperson Christine Calace said he is expected to be taken off life support.
“The victim is expected to be taken off life support and it will be classified as a homicide,” Calace said. “Mistaken identity is the lead possible motive at this point, but we don’t have enough information to say that definitively at this time.”
As of Friday afternoon Pagan’s condition was not available and no one was in custody.
Pagan was shot a few blocks away from the North Park University campus, the Edison Regional Gifted Center, 4929 N. Sawyer Ave., and Hibbard Elementary School, 3244 W. Ainslie St.
On Wednesday, a gunfight between a man in a dark colored vehicle and a man in a silver truck happened during the evening rush hour about a mile north of where Pagan was shot. No one was injured in that shootout, but a 79-year-old man’s home was damaged by the gunfire.
“I can not confirm that the [Wednesday night] shooting in the 5600 Block of North Virginia Ave is related,” said Bryk. “Area North detectives are investigating that shooting as well.”
Anyone with additional information can reach Area North detectives at 312-744-8261.