A man was shot twice in the stomach this afternoon in the most recent in a string of Highland Park shootings. The 21-year-old victim, who was apparently standing outside of his home near Meridian and Branch streets when he was shot, survived the assault and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Sgt. Alaniz with the Northeast Division. The shooting, which took place shortly before 5 p.m. is believed to be a gang-related, Alaniz said. Patch reports police were looking for a suspect near York Boulevard and Toledo Street.
Last Thursday, a teenage girl was shot near the Highland Park Recreation Center only an hour after another shooting was reported a few blocks away. On early Sunday morning, a motorist came under fire as he was driving on Monte Vista Avenue Avenue 57. It was one of several shootings that have taken place this summer on or near Monte Vista, an area claimed by the Highland Park, Dogtown, Avenues and other rival gangs, according to Northeast police.