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Homeless couple shot after argument in forest preserve

NILES — A homeless man and woman staying in a tent were shot during an argument with three men late Wednesday in a north suburban forest preserve, Pioneer Press is reporting.

The Cook County Sheriff’s office said each victim suffered at least one non-life-threatening gunshot wound to a hand in the incident in the Miami Woods Forest Preserve between Niles and Morton Grove.

The homeless man is 27 and the woman 24, and both had a previous address in Niles, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.

The couple was eating food and drinking alcohol near their tent about 10 p.m. when three men walked up, Ansari said. An argument began between the homeless man and one of the unknown men, Ansari said.

One of the men pulled out a handgun from his pants and opened fire, Ansari said. The three quickly left the scene and no gun was found.

After the men were gone, Ansari said, the male victim ran to his car in the parking lot and drove through a wired gate to retrieve his girlfriend from inside the preserve.

The couple then went to a local hospital, where the staff called police.

Ansari said the victims did not provide a good description of the men, and the cause of the argument remains unclear.



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