Northwestern University student shot in Rogers Park

A Northwestern University student was shot several times in a park Monday night in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

The 19-year-old was walking with someone in Willye White Park, 1600 W. Howard Ave., around 10:20 p.m. when gunfire broke out and struck her multiple times in the abdomen, according to police.

They were not the intended targets, according to Ald. Maria Hadden (49th).

She was transported by paramedics to St. Francis Hospital where she was listed in good condition, police said.


"Turning our park into a shooting gallery is completely unacceptable and we will be working closely with violence prevention teams and the police to prevent it from happening again," Hidden said in a statement. "Additional patrols will be in the area for the next several days and the Memorial Day holiday."

The Rogers Park police district has seen an increase in both shootings and homicides this year, according to police data. Homicides have risen 150% compared to last year, from 2 to 5. Shootings have climbed by 23%, from 13 to at least 19.

There is no one in custody. Area Two detectives are investigating.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.