A shootout Monday night between two groups in Lakeview involved at least 15 people, but no injuries were reported, according to Chicago police.
Officers responded to calls of shots fired in the 1400 block of West Irving Park Road at 11:09 p.m. and met with a 34-year-old man. The victim told police that he was sitting on a nearby porch with several juveniles when a group of about 15 men wearing dark clothing and masks approached and began yelling at them, CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said.
The man and other victims said the men then began shooting at them, prompting the victims to run into the house. The victims grabbed guns from inside, then went back out and returned fire, Bartoli said.
Police said the offenders continued firing as they retreated westbound and fled the area. Investigators found gloves and other property on the 1400 block of West Byron that were apparently dropped by the men.
A witness reported that one of the offenders appeared to have been shot, but no injuries were immediately reported, according to Bartoli.
“Officers recovered multiple spent shell casings,” Bartoli said. “Further investigation revealed broken windows at a building in the 3900 block of N. Janssen.”
Police allowed the adult victim to retain his guns because he has a valid Firearm Owner’s ID card, said Bartoli.
No arrests have been made. Area 3 detectives are investigating.