LOGAN SQUARE — A man was wounded and a children’s toy shop was damaged in a shooting early Sunday on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square.
The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. in the 2500 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, a stretch lined with shops, restaurants and apartments.
A 33-year-old man was standing outside when a man inside a black SUV opened fire, hitting the 33-year-old in his leg, police said. The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. Police could not provide his condition, saying only that he was “stable.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, no one had been arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.
The shooting sent at least one bullet flying through the children’s toy store Play Logan Square, which has a door on Milwaukee Avenue but lists its address as 3109 W. Logan Blvd. One of the shop’s large windows shattered, damaging a few hundred dollars worth of merchandise, owner Ann Kienzle said.
Kienzle and her employee closed the shop early Sunday to get the broken window replaced and clean up shards of glass, Kienzle said. The shooting cost the shop at least $1,800, Kienzle said.
No one from Play was injured, as the shop was closed at the time of the shooting.
Kienzle said she used a shop vacuum to clean items in the store. “Those little pieces of glass get everywhere,” she said.
In its 11 years on Milwaukee Avenue, Play has seen some damage, Kienzle said. Once, someone kicked one of the shop’s windows, shattering it, and the shop has been hit with graffiti. But this is the first time a shooting has been so close to the store, she said.
“You know it happens all over the city all the time. I’m not naive enough to believe it doesn’t. When it comes into a safe space of yours, it really is jarring,” she said.
Still, Kienzle said Chicago’s gun violence problem “goes much deeper than just a shooting outside of my little toy store.”
“This city has a lot of work to do, and as a community we have a lot of work to do to help everyone in all of the neighborhoods create opportunities and, ideally, make this better,” she said.
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