A 29-year-old man is recovering after being shot by a woman during an apparent domestic incident on a Loop street corner Sunday morning. Incredibly, Chicago police officers witnessed the shooting remotely via CPD’s surveillance camera network.
Officers were initially called to the La Quinta Inn & Suites, 1 South Franklin, by a woman who said a man was following her in the lobby around 5:47 a.m. As a patrol unit responded, officers in the local district’s intelligence center pulled up camera feeds from the area and spotted a man who matched a description provided by the 911 caller leaving the hotel, according to dispatch records.
According to the account they shared with dispatchers, the officers continued to watch as he walked to a vehicle, talked with a woman, and then kicked the woman.
“She shot him. He is laying down in the middle of the street,” an officer said while watching the video feed. The woman drove away from the scene but stopped about a block away.
The man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and is in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a CPD media statement. EMS also took the woman, age 38, to Northwestern for treatment of a “gash” on her head, the statement said. A small child who was with the couple was not injured.
Investigators, acting on a tip from a witness, found a bloody handgun inside a locked city garbage can on the first block of North Wells after the shooting.
Area Three detectives are handling the investigation.
Shootings have risen sharply in the downtown area since the start of 2020. Police and local politicians have consistently said that low hotel room rates during the COVID pandemic are drawing people to parties in hotel rooms and on nearby streets. Those gatherings are fueling the rise in violence, according to the officials.
In 2019, three people were shot in three separate incidents in the Loop: One survived a shooting that authorities determined to be self-defense by the shooter; another died in another self-defense case; and the third shooting, also fatal, remains unsolved.
During 2020, there were 18 shooting victims in the Loop and a total of four murders. City records show that two of the murder victims were shot, another was stabbed, and the fourth was pushed into the path of a CTA train.
Last year, there were 28 shooting victims in the Loop. One died. The neighborhood also had two fatal stabbings in 2021.
The most recent shooting before Sunday was a domestic-related shooting of a 17-year-old girl inside a hotel room on the 500 block of South Michigan on New Year’s Eve.