CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Portage Park neighborhood Tuesday night, and ended up crashing his Jeep into a CVS pharmacy.
Police said the 23-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were driving near Addison and Menard shortly before midnight, when someone in a passing dark-colored sedan opened fire.
The man was shot in the head, arm, and torso. After he was shot, the man crashed the Jeep into a CVS pharmacy at Addison and Central.
His female passenger suffered an injury to her arm as a result of the crash.
The victims walked into Community First Medical Center across the street, and later were transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where the man was in serious condition, and the woman was stabilized.
The crash damaged the back door of the CVS, and knocked out power to the building, which was able to open later in the day on generator power. The Jeep knocked the building’s 2,700-pound transformer out of the ground, mowed down a CVS entrance sign, and damaged a tree.
Repair crews at CVS said they have a long day ahead of them.
“We need to replace all the cables back to the meter socket on the wall, and then ComEd will be able to restore power shortly after that,” said Vito Pompilio, an electrician with CLM Midwest. “There’s a couple of brick walls that need to be repaired. We have to board up the hole in the wall that’s going through the service door.”
Neighbors said they were shocked by the violence, which is rare in Portage Park. The entire 16th District of the Chicago Police Department has seen only nine shootings in 2018.
“It makes it real. It certainly does. I mean, when it happen close to you, it makes it more real than when you read about it in the papers. So again, I just hope that people are safe,” Portage Park resident Bob Bullen said.
No one was in custody Wednesday morning. Area North detectives were investigating.
Police said it’s unclear if the shooting was a random attack, a case of mistaken identity, or something else.