|The scene shortly after the shooting, from a contributor to our Facebook page|
Just before 6pm, many readers reported hearing between 10 and 30 shots fired at Wilson and Sheridan. According to WBBM780, a small red car drove east on Wilson, made a right onto Sheridan, and those within the car shot four men who were on the sidewalk in the general vicinity of Uptown Baptist Church.
According to the Tribune's story: "A 21-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds and was being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, as was a 20-year-old who was shot in the back and side, said News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. An 18-year-old shot in the thigh and a 35-year-old shot in the finger, toe and thigh were being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston." At least one of them is still in critical condition.
A reader writes in: "I just witnessed it and wanted to share. I was just on the 151 bus northbound approaching the Wilson stop when there were several gunshots from a car heading south, which then cut in front of our bus and sped away southbound on the opposite sidewalk. The bus then waited there for a few minutes as cars were stopping, and we could see a guy lying on the other side of the street with people crouching around him. I hope he's okay but I fear the worst, as there were a lot of shots."
As of 9pm, Sheridan was still taped off and closed to traffic between Wilson and Sunnyside with a bunch of squad cars and cops on the scene. Buses and other traffic was being rerouted.
As of 10pm, a police helicopter with a bright searchlight was circling around Lawrence and Sheridan (and the surrounding areas) for quite a while.
For someone who makes a living with words, I don't have many now. Just like you, we at UU are so very sick and tired of this idiotic war that is being played out on our streets by young men who have weapons, but no impulse control; who have been taught to hate and kill people who wear different colors than they do; who are dying before they reach adulthood; and all for the supposed "ownership" of land that will never be associated with their names in any public records. We are sick of what it is doing to Uptown's businesses, to Uptown's reputation, and to residents' sense of security and safety.
We are just so very tired of it all.