PORTAGE PARK — Police stepped up patrols near Belmont and Central avenues in Portage Park Monday after an 18-year-old college student delivering subs was shot Sunday night after being confronted by several gang members, authorities said.
The man was shot after completing a delivery in the 3200 block of North Long Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Jefferson Park Police Cmdr. Roger Bay wrote Monday in an email to Portage Park officials.
No one is in custody in connection with the shooting, a Chicago Police spokesman said Monday afternoon.
Heather Cherone says this kind of shooting is rare in the area, but it has been a rough stretch for the NW-side:
Patrols will also be increased around Chopin Park, Bay wrote.
When the delivery man for Best Subs, 5758 W. Belmont Ave., returned to his car, he was confronted by a group of suspected gang members, one of whom punched him. The man was shot as he drove away, Bay wrote.
"This case concerns me greatly because the victim has no arrests, no gang affiliation and is a college student," Bay wrote.
The victim is in critical but stable condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital, Bay wrote.
While there is no evidence that the men attempted to rob the delivery driver, investigators will re-examine other robberies and thefts in the area for similarities, Bay wrote.
In addition, investigators will take "a hard look at any gang members that live in the area" as well as those who are wanted on a warrant or are on parole, Bay wrote.
Last week, two men were arrested in connection with the Sept. 10 murder of a man police said belonged the Spanish Four Corner Hustlers street gang in Portage Park.
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