Shots fired outside River North “COVID hotel”

The Hotel Felix and Godfrey Hotel are located on the 100 block of West Huron | Google

Shots were fired early Sunday near a downtown hotel that the city is using to house COVID-19 patients during the coronavirus outbreak, according to police.

Officers who responded to calls of shots fired on the 100 block of West Huron around 2:15 a.m. found spent shell casings on the block, but no injuries were reported. The Hotel Felix, which is being used to quarantine COVID-19 victims, is located just steps away from where the casings were recovered.

Witnesses reported seeing men run from the scene on foot and a gray sedan speeding from the area after the shots were fired.

Police interviewed a man in the Hotel Felix lobby who was wearing clothes that closely resembled those worn by a person that a witness saw run from the shooting scene. The man was not arrested. However, court records show he was charged last May with illegally possessing a handgun in the south suburbs.

Area Central detectives are investigating Sunday’s incident.

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