River North hotel guest injured during exchange of gunfire with armed room invader, police say

A 53-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his face after someone knocked on his hotel room door in River North on Sunday evening, police said.

It happened around 11:36 p.m. at the Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron.

The man told police that a stranger knocked on his door and then forced his way into the room when the victim opened it, according to a CPD statement.

The Godfrey Hotel, 127 West Huron. | Google

Once inside the 14th floor room, the intruder demanded the victim’s property at gunpoint and began firing shots at him, police said. The victim returned fire.

Police recovered the victim’s handgun and a dozen shell casings from the room and hallway, according to a CPD report. Bullet holes riddled the hotel room, according to officers at the scene.

The report said the victim, who has a Lincoln Park address, told police that two women and a man were involved in the attack. He described them as two White women wearing glasses and jumpsuits and a Black male who stands about 5’5″ tall wearing a black mask and winter cap.

Public records show the victim has a home in Lincoln Park and has owned restaurants and bars in Chicago.

Area Three detectives are investigating the man’s claims.

Sunday’s incident is the second “shots fired” incident inside the Godfrey Hotel in two years.

On June 19, 2020, CPD responded to 911 calls at the hotel and encountered several people running from the building who said there was a shooter on the 7th floor, according to police.

Cops went to the floor and found multiple bullet holes throughout the hallway and shell casings lying outside a guest room door. A man told the police that another man tried to shoot him.

Officers found several IDs, “large amounts of drugs” and a gun in a guest room, according to Chicago police.

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