60+ shots fired, killing 23-year-old man in the Loop on Saturday afternoon

Update 6:21AM — The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 23-year-old Dearl Butler Jr.

A West Side man was shot 14 times when a gunman fired more than 60 rounds in the Loop on Saturday afternoon, according to a CPD report. The victim, age 23, died.

He was sitting in a parked Dodge Charger on the 600 block of South Wells when someone opened fire on him from a white Kia Sedan that pulled up next to his car around 1:18 p.m., according to a CPD media statement and a source.

An ambulance crew took him to Stroger Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

CWBChicago is withholding the man’s name, but records show he does not have any adult arrests in Chicago. The car he was in is registered to his name.

After the shooting, the man’s car struck a vehicle in front of it, setting off a series of traffic accidents on the block, the CPD report said. Police found more than 60 shell casings at the scene, according to the report.

CBS2 reporter Steven Graves tweeted a video that shows police removing a dog from inside the victim’s crashed car:

The gunman’s car fled eastbound on Harrison Street with a silver Ford Focus that may have been involved, the police report said.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

Saturday’s victim is the ninth person shot in the Loop this year. By comparison, the neighborhood had six shooting victims at this point in 2020. In the most recent incidents:

  • On June 6, a man who’s believed to be in his late teens was critically wounded in a shootout on the corner of Wacker and Wabash.
  • On June 3, a 15-year-old girl was critically injured when someone shot her from another vehicle as she drove with her family near Buckingham Fountain.
  • A 20-year-old man was shot in the 100 block of North Wabash on May 23.

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