Chicago Shooting crime scene
Chicago police work at the scene of a shooting near East Chicago Avenue and North State Street in the Near North Side neighborhood, Thursday, May 19, 2022 in Chicago. (Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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By Don Babwin, AP

Two people were killed and seven were injured when a man involved in a fight opened fire outside a fast food restaurant just blocks from Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping district, authorities said Friday, as the city vowed to address a recent spate of shootings downtown and a surge in gun violence citywide.

The gunfire at around 10:40 p.m. Thursday near a McDonald’s on the city’s Near North Side sent bystanders scattering, including a female who was critically injured when she fell onto a third rail in a nearby subway station where many bystanders ran for safety.

At a news conference Friday morning, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said officers took the gunman into custody almost immediately and a weapon was recovered.

The name and age of the person will not be released until he has been charged, Brown said. The department later clarified that the suspect is an adult. Investigators were also searching for a person that Brown said may have handed a weapon to the gunman shortly before the shooting.

Brown said the shooting stemmed from a fight but detectives have not determined what the fight was about.

The fight created a chaotic scene even before the gunfire. That part of the city is typically crowded with tourists, students from the downtown campus of Loyola University Chicago, parishioners of the city’s famed Holy Name Cathedral, and people coming to the area to shop and dine in restaurants.

“When the fight first started, we were right next to them,” 18-year-old Deonna Jackson told the Chicago Sun-Times. ”We had to run because I didn’t want anyone to swing on me.”

Chief Juan Hernandez of the city’s fire department said the shooting prompted officials to stop a Red Line subway train between two stations to allow police to search for weapons on the rails, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hernandez said the department evacuated passengers at about 11:30 p.m. Trains were running as normal Friday, the Chicago Transit Authority said.

Brown said he is “confident our officers captured the shooter and recovered the weapon used.”

The shooting comes amid a surge in deadly violence in Chicago in recent years, and follows a fatal shooting last weekend in downtown Millennium Park that killed a teen and led the city to tighten a curfew for young people. And just days earlier, a shooting in an alley near the Chicago Theatre left two innocent bystanders injured, prompting another theater nearby to cancel a performance of “Moulin Rouge.”

After the fatal shooting at Millennium Park, Mayor Lori Lightfoot banned minors from the park unless accompanied by an adult after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday — an order that went into effect the night of the latest deadly shooting. And she announced the city’s 11 p.m. weekend curfew for young people would start at 10 p.m., a move a City Council committee approved in a Friday vote, sending it to the full Council for final approval.

Calling Thursday night’s shooting an “outrageous act of violence,” Lightfoot vowed to deploy more police officers in the area.

“Area residents, commuters, and others simply must have the peace of mind that this highly trafficked area is safe, and it is time for more specific, concrete steps to be taken to address this area once and for all,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

As paramedics and officers responded Thursday, a fight erupted between two people across the street from the shooting, the Chicago Tribune reported, and some people crossed a line of police tape and argued with officers before they were moved away.

Police have not released the names or ages of the dead, and no information has been released about the wounded people. Brown said nine people were shot, not 10, as police originally reported.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. The Associated Press actually categorized this as “news”? And assigned a human to “report” on it?

    Earth is round; water is wet. Dog bites man.

    (If you ignore the crime, Chicago is a pretty safe city to live in.)

  2. The only thing I want to see in Chicago are the Lions of Tsvao at the Field Museum. Then it’s in my review. It pains me to say that about a city in the United States of America.

    • “The only thing I want to see in Chicago are the Lions of Tsvao at the Field Museum.”

      Their museum of science and industry is world-class from what I hear. And they have a German U-boat to crawl through.

      I could easily find things to do while in Chicago on a weekend, maybe even meet up with a few TTAG’ers… 🙂

      • The U-boat is super cool! I went through it when I was in 8th grade. The periscope is trained on Lake Michigan, which is a nice touch.

        • When I went through it as a kid, it was still docked at Navy Pier. Super cool experience.

        • In Sydney the National Maritime Museum has an Oberon class boat tied up at the pier. My son and I went through it a dozen times.

    • the last time you mentioned “the lions” i thought you meant the statues that bookend the steps at the art institute.
      the field, planetarium, aquarium and art are all near the museum campus, as well as soldier field where the bears bleed. the science one is in gothic ass hyde park near the university of chicago. when they moved the parking lot they uncovered a long forgotten narrow gauge engine and cars in a tunnel (similar to the one that flooded downtown) which are now on display.

    • Well yeah! Mini-Me Lucifer is the Mayor…the more fear, angst and violence she can engender…the bigger her bonus check from Satan Joey Biden.

  3. The vast majority of shooting victims in Chicago are black. What kind of white supremacist is in charge up there??

  4. Lori looks good in that green cowboy hat .
    I think she/he/it has lost its mind.
    Chicago needs Al Capone back

      • Why any need for Daley? Fissuring a culture into corrupt ethnic fiefdoms is something any of today’s Wokes can do.

    • “Lori looks good in that green cowboy hat.”

      I bet she wasn’t lying about being the biggest dick in Chicago, and actually has something swinging between her(?) legs.

      *shudder* … 🙁

  5. Lori Lightfoot is perhaps the most incompetent mayor in the United States. Its a shame that the black, female, lesbian communities couldn’t come up with a better representative for their groups. She is all three in one and is an absolute disaster. Unfortunately, we see this too often with Democrats. In an effort to have all different types of people represented they often pick the most incompetent commensurate with their own sick value system, lack of common sense, logic and any morality whatsoever. Oh and by the way before you call me a bigot or racist, I have four black cousins, two Chinese cousins, a South Korean grandson, and two gay relatives. I just call things the way I see them and if people don’t like that it’s too bad.

  6. Where is the physical description of those “involved”?

    And WTH is “swing on me”? Is that some ghetto Ebonics?

  7. This “woman” (and I use the term loosely) is a couple of hamburger patties short of a Big Mac. She doesn’t care about anyone as long as her pocket is lined. It matters not who dies, or what happens to the city. William Hale Thompson was a better mayor… and HE was in the pocket of Alphonse Capone!

  8. I just cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone would vote for her. All jokes and funnies aside what is wrong with people ?!?!?!? Seriously ?!?!?

  9. Meh…Just another day in the Province of Chiraq, Northern Illiniostan. Hell Kabul, Afghanistan is safer than Chiraq and it’s controlled by Terrorists. Come to think of it…So is Chiraq.

  10. That’s why I say we have no hope for change except by force. This country has been taken over by corrupt politicians for over 45 years. Everyone one that in government from the past 45 years has baggage. They all need to be put on trial and investigated.i do home work ….. 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤.𝐜𝐨𝐦

  11. According to some other stories, the fight started when a guy named Antonio Wade got into an argument with some woman (as yet not identified). ABC7 Chicago states that said woman ran off and came back with several males, one of whom handed a gun to the shooter. Wade was one of the people killed by the shooter.

    Several stories also state that this particular Mickey D’s has been notorious for long being a trouble spot in the neighborhood.

    So, it sounds like a bunch of idiots decided they were disrespected and didn’t have the sense to let it go or the stones to settle it with their fists. The shooter is a little punk, pure and simple.

    • one of the gals is in critical due to having accessed the subway platform and contacting the (600v dc) 3rd rail. how does that grab you? layers of ignorance. here’s hoping she was relieving herself.

  12. I recently saw a story on Fox News that there has been over 200 mass shootings so far in 2022. They scrolled thru a list of cities with the numbers killed\wounded chronologically, Chicago was included in the stats. I found that interesting.

  13. When you allow the inmates to run the asylum, you end up with results like Chicago IL, Jackson MS, Minneapolis MN, Houston TX, and several other Dem controlled cities.
    Promote the “Thug Life” culture, and push the victim mentality, and this is the result.
    Instead of actually holding the person responsible for their actions, and trying to blame the gun, or the system or racism or any and everything else, the Dem politicians can absolve themselves of any blame or responsibility for their failed policies.

    • Ancient cultures blamed inanimate objects for their failures and social shortcomings The locus of control was never placed on the person responsible but on an object to be used as a scapegoat.

      There’s nothing new here just old cultural grounds turned over in the 21st century.

  14. But the mayor did say she has the biggest d*ck in Chiraq. She wears it well fitted for public attire.

  15. Despite “Gun Control” abounding, seems like the bad guys are never disarmed, only the law abiding are. Why, one wonders.

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