5400 shooting photo

Chicago police at the scene of a shooting on the 5400 block of S. Harper Ave. on the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 22. 

A 35-year-old man was shot on the 5400 block of Harper Avenue around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22. 

The Chicago Police Department reported the incident as having occurred at approximately 4:46 p.m. The victim was struck in the leg and transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, initially in unknown condition.

According to scanner reports and an eyewitness, University of Chicago police detained a man with a weapon near the scene of the shooting. 

Joe Brewer, who lives at 54th Street and Harper Avenue, heard police sirens and looked out his window, seeing a man in a red hooded sweatshirt walking down Harper and east up 54th before dropping an item in a doorway and taking off running.

"I saw a policeman appear a few seconds later, and then he ran after him," Brewer said. "I couldn't see then. And then a few seconds later, they reappeared. He was frog-marching the guy. And then he picked the thing up off the ground, and it was a gun."

Police closed off the block of Harper Avenue. A maroon-colored van was seen with multiple bullet holes; officers were seen marking more than 10 shell casings on the ground as detectives investigated. 

The shooting incident is the second in as many days in the neighborhood. Tuesday evening, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed and a 14-year-old boy was wounded on the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue. 

This story will be updated with more information.

(7) comments


@JayeRyanEastHP. I'm new to East Hyde Park and live on that stretch of Cornell you reference. What crime and trouble are you referring to? I haven't noticed anything troubling particular to this area compared to other parts of HP, but would love a heads-up if you have insight.


The drug and crime problems on Cornell between 53rd and 55th street may have been (hopefully were) cleaned up. The park on the East side of the street Cornell Park just North of 55th street did have drug trafficking issues a few years back, there were some shootings and at least one murder right at 53rd and Cornell. It apparently was an attempted assassination of a gang rival who was released from jail and the shooter ended up shooting someone else by mistake.

I was helping a troubled young man for a few years, he was sadly a heroin addict and there were fellow addicts with apartments in this stretch 53rd to 55th and Cornell.

The bar on 53rd between Cornel and Lake Park is a decent place, though they had issues of drug dealers and gang bangers in Red and Black "hoodies" congregating outside the bar. Generally our East Hyde Park is one of the safest communities in Chicago except on hot summer nights when our Lakefront parks become disorderly with issues of loud fireworks, drug dealing and prostitution.

Hopefully this weeks shootings will be the last of the Summer violence and we should be safe and mostly quiet until the Halloween purge riots. Stay safe everyone and try to look after our neighbors.


I was a block away yesterday and heard these shots.

I've noticed some gym shoes hanging from a power line in this exact area.

I've been told this is some type of gang signaling sign - can anyone with experience in Hyde Park/S. Side Chicago gang culture let us know what this means?

Is this a sign that it's a place for drug transactions?

I sense that this block is a place for crime and trouble, similar to Cornel from 53rd south to 55th street.


This block is absolutely NOT a place for “crime and trouble.” How would you “sense” that?


Per Wikipedia article on shoe tossing, those seem to be urban myths.


"urban myths"... like our Chicago has some "issues" with gang violence, car jacking, vote fraud, extreme cold weather in late January.... :-)


Here's a sensible person from Brooklyn NYC (I was a public school teacher in Brooklyn) who confirms my observation that shoes over a power line are a sign that this is place to purchase drugs (Crack, Meth, Heroin) . Let's take down these shoes over power lines in our Hyde Park : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqvKzr5Yopw

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