Man shot dead while standing in Wrigleyille alley: 'kind of shocked'
CHICAGO - A 47-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday night in Wrigleyille, just south of Wrigley Field.
The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m., right behind the Happy Camper — a restaurant and bar on the 3400 block of North Clark Street. Police said a man was shot several times in the alley.
"It's greatly disappointing," said Brent Tinkham, who lives nearby. "Particularly considering that for such a long time, this neighborhood has been one of, if not the safest neighborhood in the entire city."
Police said the man was hit in the chest and armpit and was transported to Advocate Masonic Hospital in critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.
"I was surprised for sure, kind of shocked," said John Buckey, who lives steps away from where the shooting happened. "I just hope that it doesn't happen again. I know this is not the first time to happen this year."
"It really doesn't seem like the city is doing a heck of a lot to make things better," said Tinkham.
There is no one in custody and Area Three detectives are investigating.
Wrigleyille Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), whose ward includes the murder scene, said the 47-year-old’s death appears to be tied to "some kind of robbery that went wrong," but not a carjacking.
"And it’s a Sunday night, which is kind of a slow night. It was cold. There was no Cub activity. It doesn’t bode well for the general tone of the entertainment detail in and around Wrigley," Tunney said. The shooting scene is about two blocks south of Wrigley Field.
"I understand there is a camera in that alley and it’s well lit. It’s not like there’s something that could have been done to prevent it."
Shortly before former Mayor Rahm Emanuel left office in 2019, the Town Hall District that includes Wrigleyville had roughly 400 officers. Now, the district is "hovering just under 300," Tunney said.
"Everybody needs more. I don’t want to minimize the fact that this is a citywide issue," he said.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.