A man is in fair condition after being shot outside a River North hotel early Saturday. Then, more shots were fired about an hour later when a “rolling gun battle” between two SUVs zoomed past the crime scene as detectives investigated.
Police said a 27-year-old man was walking on the 100 block of West Huron when a gunman stepped out of a white SUV and shot him multiple times in his legs around 12:20 a.m. The shooter then returned to the vehicle, possibly a Toyota Highlander, and sped away northbound on LaSalle, according to cops who were posted in the area.
Saw the first shooting from this window, guy jumped out of a car by the striped awning and opened fire (8 shots I think?) on a group of 5-6 ppl on the sidewalk. One went bleeding into the hotel lobby, another one around the corner pic.twitter.com/BNSzf6Hiz4— Acreisinger (@ThisOleBoi) August 29, 2020
The victim, who has a history of contact with Chicago police, is being treated at Stroger Hospital, according to CPD.
Evidence technicians found blood in the lobby of a nearby hotel, and several shell casings were located in the area.
More shots were fired about an hour later as police conducted their investigation, according to officers and witnesses.
A freelance photojournalist who was documenting the first shooting tweeted that “a rolling gun battle” unfolded next to the earlier shooting scene around 1:14 a.m. Police reported seeing gunfire exchanged between two SUVs. More shots rang out as the vehicles neared the former Rock ’n’ Roll McDonalds at Clark and Ontario, officers said.
“Police could be seen running with gun(s) drawn towards gunfire as people run for cover,” according to the CapturedNews Shooter Twitter account. The journalist posted photos of a couple crouching behind police vehicles as officers stood nearby with weapons drawn.
No one was reported injured in the second incident.
Area Three detectives are investigating.