2 shot outside Diversey River Bowl; 2nd shooting on the parking lot since June 1

Two people were shot in the parking lot of Diversey River Bowl, 2211 West Diversey, early Friday, according to police. It’s the second shooting in the bowling alley’s parking lot since June 1.

Police said a 28-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man were standing in the parking lot around 12:51 a.m. when they heard gunfire and realized they’d been shot. They were taken to Rush Hospital in separate cars.

Meanwhile, police who responded to calls of shots fired found more than two dozen shell casings at the scene and at least one car with a bullet hole. Officers also reportedly found a handgun sticking out from under the driver’s seat of an SUV that appeared to be part of the shooting scene.

The woman was listed in good condition with a gunshot wound to her left leg, according to a CPD statement. The man was transferred to Stroger Hospital in fair condition with gunshot wounds to his left leg and left arm, the statement said.

Area Five detectives are investigating the shooting.

June shootout

On June 1, a pregnant 26-year-old woman was shot when three men engaged in a shootout on the Diversey River Bowl’s parking lot, prosecutors said as they filed charges against one of the alleged shooters the next day.

Police found 55 shell casings after that shooting.

Robin Burks, 28, was on bail for a pending gun case when he allegedly exchanged fire with the other men after an argument, prosecutors said. The victim was his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said surveillance video shows Burks talking with a man on the parking lot while pointing a handgun with an extended ammunition magazine at a second man around 12:30 a.m. The other two men took cover behind a car and began shooting at Burks, prosecutors said. Burks allegedly ducked behind another car and returned fire.

After the shootout, Burks allegedly drove his 28-year-old girlfriend to Thorek Hospital to be treated for her gunshot wound. While she was in treatment, police reviewed surveillance video of the shooting and realized Burks was one of the shooters based on his clothing, hair, and other features, prosecutors said. Officers took him into custody.

Burks, sitting handcuffed in the back of a squad car outside the hospital, told a bystander he “had to put their asses in check,” prosecutors said. The squad car’s surveillance system allegedly recorded his statement.

Prosecutors charged Burks with reckless discharge of a firearm.

Defense attorney Matt Prengaman told Judge Mary Marubio during a bond hearing on June 2 that the case may be a matter of self-defense.

Neither of the other alleged shooters has been charged.

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