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2 More Shootings Occur in Wicker Park Area

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 25, 2016

Is it just us? Or do the number of shootings in, and around, the neighborhood seem to rising rapidly this year? Two shootings have occurred on Western Avenue in less than 2 weeks. And on Wednesday March 9, 2016, a 19 year-old-man man was shot and killed just outside of the Division Blue Line El Station during rush hour. 

Last night a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder at approximately 9pm in the block of 1600 N. Western Avenue as he was crossing the street. The man was walking southbound when he heard shots and realized he had been hit. The unidentified man took himself to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

On March 12, 2016 a man was shot while sitting at a red light in the 1400 block of N. Western Avenue. As the man sat at the light, someone approached the vehicle and began shooting striking the man in the arm, leg and back. The man drove to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center where his condition was stabilized police said.

All of the shootings noted above are believed to be gang-related according to the Chicago Police Department. 

4 Armed Robberies Reported in Austin, Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wicker Wire: Police are warning area residents about a number of robberies that happened in both the Austin and Wicker Park neighborhoods early this morning. Unfortunately, there is very little information about the assailants. According to reports, however, a group of young men between the ages of 14-23 jumped out of a white or gray Chevrolet Malibu in the block of 1800 W. North Avenue just before 4am robbing a victim at gunpoint in Wicker Park. Approximately 4-6 men were involved in this robbery.

If you have any information please contact the Chicago Police Department at (312) 744-8263.

Chicago Votes 2016

Michael Hamrick - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Don't forget to vote! Today, Tuesday March 15, 2016 is the official primary election date in Illinois. For a quick and easy way to find your polling place, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners created this handy little link. Just input your address and you'll find your polling location.

Polls are open all day from 6am-7pm. Find your polling place HERE.

Shooting Tonight Milwaukee-Division-Ashland

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Wicker Wire: Social media community pages first reported the news of a shooting at approximately 6:00pm this evening at 1223 N. Milwaukee Avenue; essentially the corner of Milwaukee/Division/Ashland and a few short steps away from the Blue Line "L" stop. The shooting took place during rush hour as commuters were heading home from work. According to a subsequent report published by DNAInfo a 19-year-old was shot sustaining a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

Police at the scene reported the shooter fled running northbound. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

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