WICKER PARK — Three men were shot in Wicker Park late Friday, leaving a 22-year-old man seriously injured with a gunshot wound to his stomach, police said.
The man, who is currently in serious condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital, was discovered hours after two other men were shot in the 1300 block of North Damen Avenue, according to Officer Jennifer Bryk, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.
It was not immediately clear how the third man was shot and whether he was with the two other injured men.
Bryk said two men who were shot claimed that there was not a third person with them when they were shot around 11:24 p.m. Friday near Damen and Evergreen avenues. But the seriously wounded third man told police he was on Damen Avenue when he was wounded.
He was dropped off at Illinois Masonic Hospital by a person driving a dark colored SUV and is being uncooperative, Bryk said.
There were no other shootings on Damen Avenue in Wicker Park on Friday besides the drive-by near Damen and Evergreen.
According to police, around 11:24 p.m. Friday, two men, 19 and 27, were walking on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of North Damen Avenue when an unknown person inside of a passing Jeep Cherokee fired shots, which hit them both.
The 27-year-old man was shot in the arm and is “stable” at Stroger Hospital while the 19-year-old man’s hand was grazed by a bullet. He refused medical treatment.
No description of the shooter is available and no one is in custody.
Area North detectives are investigating, Bryk said.
Nick Gecan, a longtime Wicker Park resident who lives near the corner of Damen and Evergreen avenues, told Block Club he was reading a book when he heard the gunshots.
“Heard 5 shots at 11:23 p.m. Checked time as soon as I heard them. Whoever was pulling the trigger meant business,” Gecan said.
Gecan said he could tell the shots were close to him because it was “very loud and rapid fire.”
Another neighbor who lives near the intersection said he also heard between 5-6 shots and after the shooting the area was cordoned off as several police officers investigated, looking for witnesses and bullet shell casings.
Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, the only sign of the previous night’s shooting was a shred of yellow police tape on the sidewalk.