Woman OK after gunman fires into Lakeview bar, police say

Police are investigating after a woman was grazed by a bullet that some fired through the window of a Lakeview bar early Sunday, police said. She was not seriously injured.

Sunday’s incident comes days after a 72-year-old woman was shot in the neighborhood, apparently by someone who randomly opened fire from a passing car. It also follows the fatal shooting of a Wrigleyville restaurant worker during a possible robbery last weekend.

The 1000 block of West Belmont, including Big City tap and the neighboring 1000 Liquors. | Google

The 34-year-old was inside a bar on the 1000 block of West Belmont when she was struck on the right side of her chest by a bullet that broke through the business’ window around 2:50 a.m., according to a CPD statement. Officers at the scene said the woman was struck in her leg, not the chest.

Witnesses saw police entering and exiting Big City Tap, a late-hours bar at 1008 West Belmont.

Responding officers said the bullet broke through the window, popped balloons, and hit the woman, but the impact did not break her clothing. Fragments were found inside the bar. EMS treated her at the scene but did not take her to a hospital, police said.

On Thursday, a 72-year-old Naperville woman was shot in the leg as she walked on the 3100 block of North Broadway around 1:36 p.m.

According to a source, a surveillance video appears to show the gunman firing from a vehicle as it headed south on Broadway. Police have ruled out robbery as a motive as the victim was not confronted.

Last Sunday night, 47-year-old Hermilo Beltran was fatally shot as he approached the rear door of Happy Camper restaurant, 3458 North Clark, Wrigleyville. Beltran worked at the restaurant as a custodian, his family said. Police suspect someone killed him during a robbery.

GoFundMe has been established to support Beltran’s wife and two children. It had raised over $91,000 as of this morning, including $10,000 from Happy Camper.

Police have not announced any arrests in connection with the crimes.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:55 a.m. on April 3 with new information released by CPD.

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