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Seven people, mostly women, were shot early Saturday near the entrance to Theater on the Lake, 2401 North Lake Shore Drive, according to police and a CPD source. No one is in custody. It is the second mass-shooting incident in the area since June 6th.
The shooting came shortly after police supervisors twice summoned officers to disperse large crowds in nearby Lincoln Park.
Police said a group of people was walking toward the lakefront at 3:20 a.m. when they encountered another group that was leaving. A verbal altercation broke out and escalated, causing people from both groups to pull out handguns and open fire, police said.
The latest on shooting near Fullerton & Lake Shore Drive this morning where six people were shot. This is near Theater on the Lake/Fullerton Beach. @nbcchicago pic.twitter.com/NEDHsKfJ4t
— Chris Hush (@ChrisHushNBC) July 20, 2019
A CPD surveillance camera captured images of at least two men firing guns near the brick sign marking the entrance to the lakefront theater’s parking lot.
Officers who reviewed the video footage described two gunmen:
• a black male wearing a bright green T-shirt, white do-rag, black hat, gray faded jeans and black shoes.
• a black male wearing a black graphic T-shirt with writing on the back and white stripes on the sleeves, dark pants, and gray boxer shorts.
Both suspected gunmen fled westbound on Fullerton and then northbound on Cannon Drive after the shooting, the officers said.
Police leaders twice summoned more units to clear large crowds from the area of Cannon Drive north of Fullerton in the hours leading up to the shooting. The 19th District Police commander led the first effort around 12:30 a.m. A second push was made about an hour later.
Six victims were found at the scene:
• A 28-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her lower left leg
• A 27-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her upper right arm
• A 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh
• A 24-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his right calf
• A 24-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her left shoulder
• A 24-year-old woman with a gunshot wounds to both legs
The victims are being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. All of their conditions have been stabilized and none is believed to have life-threatening injuries.
About an hour after the incident, a 46-year-old woman walked into Holy Cross Hospital with a gunshot wound to her left chest. She told police that she was on the lakefront at Fullerton Avenue when she was shot. The woman has been transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.
PHOTOS: 6 wounded in shootout outside Theater on the Lake in Lincoln Park, read more @Suntimes here, https://t.co/Z2FErGxcnC. #Chicago #ChicagoScanner pic.twitter.com/1m8YN3fB9l
— Tyler LaRiviere (@TylerLaRiviere) July 20, 2019
This incident is the second mass-shooting to be reported in the immediate area this year.
Three people were injured and one was killed when their minivan came under fire from another vehicle as they traveled on Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton late on June 6th. Investigators believed the June shooting was revenge for another gang-related shooting.