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2 Men Shot in Wicker Park Early Saturday Morning

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, July 09, 2016

Patrons sitting outside of Flash Taco. Photo Credit: Sam Charles/Sun-Times

Early Saturday morning 2 men were standing in the epicenter of Wicker Park, on the block of 1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue, when they were shot. The incident happened at approximately 2:30am. The two men were talking while on the street and heard gunfire. They realized they had each been shot according to a report published by the Chicago Sun-Times. 

One man, 26, was shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital. The other man, 23, was taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center with a graze wound to his leg. Both men are in stable condition.

The shooting occurred just outside of the Flat Iron Arts Building and directly across the street from Flash Taco at North-Damen-Milwaukee Avenue. 

CRIME ALERT: 3 Beaten, Robbed in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 07, 2016

Please be careful and stay alert in the neighborhood everyone. Two separate incidents occurred this week where men were assaulted and robbed in Wicker Park. Just before midnight on Tuesday July 5, 2016 two employees of XOCO Bistro (1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue) were beaten and robbed by 6 teenagers. The incident occurred in the block of 1700 W. North Avenue. According to a report published by DNAInfo, the teenagers bumped into the men before they attacked, beat and robbed them; stealing a cell phone, 2 backpacks and a wallet. The incident has resulted in one of the employees quitting his job.

The teenagers involved in this incident are described as black with short hair, ages 13-17, shorter than 5 foot 8 inches and weighing less than 150 pounds.

The 2nd incident occurred a few hours later at approximately 3am. A 36-year-old man was approached by 2 men as he was riding his bike in the vicinity of 2000 W. Pierce Street just north of Big Star and steps away from the Damen Blue Line El Station. The men approached him, pulled him off of his bicycle and then assaulted and robbed him.The man's green Schwinn bicycle and cigarettes were stolen. The only description offered by the cyclist was that the offenders were black.

If you have any information that can assist with the investigation of these crimes and/or the apprehension of the offenders, please contact the Chicago Police Department. Stay safe guys. 

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