We’re starting to understand why two men who were shot in the Irving Park neighborhood early Friday were, according to cops at the scene, “highly uncooperative” with CPD’s investigation.
The following video, provided exclusively to CWBChicago, shows a confrontation between a female driver and the occupants of a van just moments before gunfire broke out on the 3800 block of North Kedzie around 4:45 a.m.
The video shows the van’s driver apparently forcing the woman off of Kedzie and into a driveway where her path is blocked by a gate. A man exits the van’s passenger side and walks around to the woman’s door, which he opens and then stands between the door and the driver.
That was a horrible decision on his part.
The woman, who clearly wanted nothing to do with him, throws her SUV into reverse. The car door hurls the man face-first into a nearby parked car.
He drops to the pavement as the SUV continues backward, its open door and rear wheel seem to pass within inches of his head. As the video ends, the van pulls along the curb, the SUV begins moving north on Kedzie, and the fallen man lies motionless on the ground.
Some people who’ve seen the video on CWB’s social media channels believe they see flashes of gunfire inside the SUV before the man falls — suggesting that he was shot as the woman reversed.
It’s not clear if the van’s occupants know the woman.
Shortly after the shooting, police said a 27-year-old man was shot twice in his chest, and a 44-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his shoulder in the incident. Neither victim, both of whom were identified as known gang members, cooperated with responding police officers.
According to initial information from the scene, at least one of the men was inside the van when he was shot. Cops found bullet holes in the van and one other vehicle on the block. Five shell casings were found.
Chicago police confirmed that the video is part of the detectives’ shooting investigation but declined to elaborate about what the footage shows.
We’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, if you ever find yourself being confronted by someone who won’t let you close your car door — a carjacker, perhaps — you now know an easy way to resolve the situation.