“Shots fired” incident near Wrigley Field “not bonafide,” police say. You be the judge. (Video)

Update 5:11 p.m. — Within the past hour, another CPD spokesperson said in an email that police returned to the area “after video…evidence surfaced.” Officers located shell casings near Addison and Wilton, the spokesperson said.

Patrol officers radioed in “loud reports,” meaning gunfire, coming from west of their location at Halsted and Addison. 911 callers reported hearing gunfire near the Addison Red Line station. Another 911 caller reported shots were fired in the hallway of a first-floor apartment on the 3500 block of North Wilton. A CPD surveillance camera operations team saw several vehicles speed out of the alley behind that block of Wilton.

And CWBChicago found footage from a Wrigley Field webcam that clearly documents people yelling, 16 shots being fired, more loud voices, tires squealing, and high-end cars racing from the scene.

But the Chicago Police Department this morning told us the overnight “shots fired” incident “turned out to be not bonafide.”

At 1:40 a.m. Monday, patrol officers who were about a couple blocks east of Wrigley Field reported hearing gunfire coming from the direction of the Addison Red Line station.

Residents quickly followed by making 911 calls to report shots fired at Clark and Sheffield, near Wrigley Field, and on the 3500 block of North Wilton.

One caller reported seeing people running from an apartment building on the 3500 block of North Wilton, and another said shots were fired on the home’s first floor.

The 19th District surveillance camera operations center said police POD video showed a red SUV, a blue sedan, a silver Grand Cherokee, a black Challenger, and another silver sedan flee westbound on Addison from Wilton followed by a yellow Corvette. 

And Chicago police determined that the calls of gunfire were “not bonafide,” a spokesperson said this morning.

You be the judge.

CWBChicago tapped into an Earthcam feed that streams 24/7 from the corner of Clark and Sheffield, less than a block from the home where someone reported gunfire, and another 911 caller said they saw people running from the building.

In the clip, which we saved for reference, people can be heard yelling. Starting at the 14-second mark, sixteen shots ring out, followed by more yelling. Then cars speed through the intersection westbound — a red SUV, a blue sports car, a silver SUV, a black Challenger, a silver sedan, and, moments later, a yellow Corvette. About 40 seconds after that, the first police unit arrives on the scene.

But, officially, there was no gunfire — regardless of what the video shows. No one is known to have been shot.

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