|No gunmen are visible in this CTA rendering of the restored Wilson Red Line station. | CTA|
A gunman opened fire outside the bustling Wilson Red Line station shortly after 10 o’clock this morning, shooting out the back window of a motorist’s car, but injuring no one, police said.
Police officers in the area reported hearing eight or nine gunshots at 10:07 a.m. and a foot pursuit of the suspect soon broke out. A gun was recovered from the man after an officer tackled him in an alley behind the 1000 block of West Wilson.
|The gunman was tackled by police in an alley behind the stores at right. | Google|
A probationary police officer was treated and released from Illinois Masonic Medical Center for abrasions and cuts to his knees that were suffered during the chase, police said.
While no one was injured by the gunfire, a woman who was driving westbound on Wilson got the scare of her life as a bullet flew through the rear window of her minivan about a quarter-mile west of the train station.
Shortly before noontime, a police evidence technician was seen recovering shell casings from a crosswalk outside the freshly-rehabbed historic entrance to the train station. Officers said two casings had been found.
Witnesses reported that two other people were with the gunman when he opened fire. Described only as two black men in their 20’s wearing black hoodies and skull caps, the duo was last seen running eastbound on Sunnyside from Broadway, according to police.
Information about the man in custody was not yet available. CWBChicago will publish an update when charges are filed.