MORGAN PARK — A driver crashed his SUV into an apartment building near the 115th Street Metra train depot Wednesday night after his passenger was shot nearby, according to the Chicago Police Department.
The 23-year-old man was shot in his left hip and left calf at 6:21 p.m. in the 11500 block of South Hale Avenue. He was getting out of an SUV driven by a friend when another car pulled up from behind and a man inside starting shooting at him, police said.
The passenger ran away, and the shooter's car drove away eastbound on 115th Street. The driver of the SUV that had carried the gunshot victim then crashed into an apartment building at 11456 S. Hale Ave., police said.
The gunshot victim was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. The driver of the SUV that crashed was not injured, police said.
No arrests had been made in the incident as of Thursday morning, according to a police spokesman, who added that there was also no description available for the either the vehicle involved in the shooting or the shooter.
Erik Tait of Morgan Park uses the Metra station near where the shooting occurred for his daily commute. He's never felt unsafe while waiting for the train or when returning home.
But Tait said he keeps his guard up and looks out for those around him nonetheless. He also said he rarely sees any type of security at the station at 1982 W 115th St.
"A lot of good people use that train station. This just shows how vulnerable we all are to the ongoing, senseless violence in Chicago," Tait said Thursday morning.
A driver crashed into an apartment building near the 115th Street Metra train depot after his passenger was shot nearby Wednesday night, according to the Chicago Police Department. [DNAinfo/Howard A. Ludwig]