The city of Chicago has done everything it legally can (not to mention some that have been found illegal) to avoid having a shooting range built within city limits. But judging by general state of marksmanship there, the Windy City fathers would do well to make sure a range or six is erected soon. Some practice would almost surely save a lot of lives. Case in point…
A minor dust up started in a watering hole when a DJ, who’d had enough of a bar patron repeatedly requesting the same song, hauled off and popped the demanding drinker in the schnozz.
Outside the bar, the son of the patron who was punched allegedly tried to shoot the DJ, but instead accidentally hit another man, who was standing next to the DJ, according to the lieutenant.
The man who was shot was with a friend who happened to be an off-duty Chicago Police officer. The officer returned fire at the gunman, but did not strike anyone, police said.
The off-duty officer [not pictured above] did manage to capture the shooter and another suspect who was with him after a foot chase. So there’s that. Since the shooting took place at 2:30 a.m., there weren’t many people on the street, so the officer fortunately didn’t strike any innocent bystanders.
The Independent Police Review Authority was notified and confirmed no one was shot by the officer, spokesman Eric Muellenbach said.
As a public service and in the interest of minimizing the number of stray bullets flying up and down Wabash, the City Council really should loosen the ridiculously restrictive zoning laws they’ve put in place to make building shooting ranges in the city – and therefore qualifying for a gun permit – almost impossible. There seems to be a severe lack of marksmanship skills in Chicagoland. And for the safety of all Chicagoans, the first four hours of each business day should be reserved exclusively for CPD officer training.