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IRVING PARK — A woman was shot Thursday evening on a residential street in the Irving Park neighborhood, police said. 

At 5:35 p.m. an SUV pulled up next to a car headed north in the 3900 block of North St. Louis Avenue. Someone inside the SUV began firing a gun at the other car and shot a 20-year-old woman in the head, police said. 

The woman was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where she was last listed in good condition. 

Area North Detectives are still investigating and no one in custody. 

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8261 or to submit a tip anonymously online at

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd), Ald. Ramírez Rosa (35th), and State Rep. Jaime Andrade announced in Facebook posts Thursday night they were working on setting up an online community meeting with the Albany Park (17th) Police District to address gun violence in the wards over the last two weeks. 

“With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the streets are emptier and public spaces that typically have a lot of traffic are now isolated,” Rodriguez said in her post. “This creates an environment where it’s more likely that shootings will happen. Another factor we are currently experiencing is that police resources have been directed towards enforcing the stay at home and social distancing orders to protect lives from the virus.”

Rodriguez has also reached out to incoming Police Superintendent Chief David Brown to explain the uptick in violence the area has experienced since last fall and set up a meeting, she said. 

“He is ready to work with us,” Rodriguez said.

The area’s increase in shootings led to fed up neighbors forming the Northwest Safety Coalition — a “super group” of existing neighborhood organizations working together to address the gun violence by organizing block clubs and asking the city for more patrol officers via an online petition.

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