Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to say the attack happened near the intersection of Altgeld Street and Drake Avenue.
CHICAGO — A man was stabbed by a stranger in a ski mask just about two blocks from the mayor’s home this weekend.
The bizarre attack happened about 1:10 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Altgeld Street and Drake Avenue — about a five-minute walk from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home.
The victim, a 26-year-old man, was walking when someone got out of a car and stabbed him, police said. The man was stabbed multiple times and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He remains hospitalized.
Dylan Kalchik, who lives on the block, said he and his roommate were watching TV when they heard a man scream, “Help! I’ve been stabbed!” They looked outside and saw someone running south on Drake Avenue.
The two brought the victim inside, locking their door behind him. They brought him into their kitchen and put pressure on his chest as Kalchik called 911, he said. The two then helped bring the man to an ambulance when it arrived.
The attack was “malicious,” and “a ton of blood” covered their kitchen, Kalchik said.
Officials left the victim’s bloodied shirt outside, where Kalchik saw it the next morning, he said.
Kalchik hasn’t spoken to the victim, but he said the man’s friends stopped by to thank Kalchik and his roommate. They said the victim is doing well, Kalchik said.
The friends told Kalchik the victim said he’d been walking when a driver in a black sedan pulled up behind him, Kalchik said. A tall man in a ski mask got out of the car and chased the victim with a knife; as he stabbed him, he yelled, “In the name of Jesus Christ!,” the friends told Kalchik.
Kalchik said he was surprised by the violence.
“We’re a few blocks from the mayor’s,” he said. Later, he said, “I honestly would’ve thought it would have been some gang violence just coincidentally happened on our block. I don’t think it was personal at all.”
Kalchik said him and his roommate had been walking in the same area just 20 minutes earlier.
“It could have been us,” he said.
No one was in custody, and an investigation was ongoing, police said.
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