River North shooting: Man shot while driving downtown, Chicago police say

Man shot in car on Chicago Avenue between LaSalle, Clark
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 38-year-old man was shot while driving in River North Thursday night, Chicago police said.

The man was driving east just before 9:55 p.m. in the 100-block of West Chicago Avenue, near LaSalle Drive and Clark Street, when a brown sedan pulled up, and someone inside began shooting into the vehicle from the passenger side, according to CPD.

The man was shot in the abdomen, groin and right thigh, and Chicago fire crews took him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition. A relative said he's expected to be released soon.

RELATED: CPD increasing patrols downtown amid Chicago violence surge

On Wednesday, Chicago police confirmed they were increasing patrols in the downtown area, as crime is surging.

The ABC 7 Data team looked at Chicago Police Department crime numbers. As of Tuesday, there had been 12 shootings in Chicago's Near North Side since the start of this year, compared to three shootings in the same span last year.

"You're not safe anywhere," neighborhood resident Bespina Kotsapourkis said. "It's a horrible thought because we have so much to offer. We have so much culture, we do love it here, but you can't constantly be afraid."

Chicago Police announced a possible solution earlier this week, saying more officers will be patrolling the River North area -and that's exactly what some residents are asking for.

Area Three detectives are investigating. No one is in custody.

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