As Loop prepares to break annual shooting record, images emerge from June gunfight

Surveillance images have surfaced to show at least three men were involved in a shoot-out that left a man critically wounded in the Loop last month. And, CWBChicago has learned, police later found a second victim who was shot during the mayhem that unfolded on the 200 block of North Wabash early on June 6.

The victims are among 15 people who’ve been shot in the Loop this year, a pace that is well ahead of the 18 cases reported last year. The Loop’s shooting rates during both years are far higher than any other year since at least 2001, the first year for which CPD data is publicly available. For example, only three people were shot in the loop during all of 2019, records show.

Newly-acquired surveillance images show three men holding or firing guns during the June 6 shoot-out, which unfolded in front of the Hotel Monaco at Wabash and Wacker around 2 a.m.

Surveillance images show men involved in the June 6, 2021, shootout at Wacker and Wabash. | Provided

Police found a 17-year-old boy lying unresponsive on the southeast corner of Wacker and Wabash and more than 20 shell casings from two different calibers spread around the area. Some bullets shattered windows of nearby businesses, most of which were closed at the time. The teen suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back and right shoulder. He was initially listed in critical condition.

The CPD investigation was slowed when a friend of the victim refused to cooperate with the police and even declined to give the teen’s name to authorities, according to the police report.

Police later determined that a 23-year-old woman who was sitting in a car near the gunfight was also injured in the gunfire. Officers crossed paths with her when she showed up at Stroger Hospital with a graze wound to her left cheek, CPD records show.

A TikTok video shows people running across Wacker Drive to get away from the gunfire as fireworks explode near the Wabash Bridge.

Charges have only been filed in one of this year’s Loop shootings. Deandre Binion, 25, faces three counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm in connection with an April 6 road rage shooting that left a 21-month-old boy in critical condition.

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