Chaotic shooting leaves at least 2 dead, 8 more injured on Near North Side

8:32 a.m. — A fully-updated story with new information is available at this link.


This story is based on preliminary information. Additional reports will be posted throughout the day. There appear to be multiple incidents within about 45 minutes, beginning around 10 p.m.


Ten people were shot, two fatally, near the Chicago-State Red Line station and the nearby neighborhood on Thursday night. In a media statement, police said one person is in custody. The number of people injured and their conditions may change. Police are still unwinding what happened.

Much of the shooting scene is just a couple of blocks west of the Magnificent Mile at an intersection that has long been a problem spot for the neighborhood. Gunfire struck the windows at McDonald’s, 10 East Chicago.

Witnesses said the shooting erupted among a group of people who were arguing outside the restaurant.

But there are other shooting scenes, too. Police also found blood, shell casings, and a bullet hole in a window on the 300 block of West Locust, a couple of blocks away. They found more blood at Oak and Orleans.

Images from the primary shooting scene near Chicago and State. | Citizen

Officers and 911 callers began hearing rapid gunfire echoing through River North and the Near North Side at 10:01 p.m., CPD radio transmissions indicate.

Cops arrived at Chicago and State quickly and began chasing a man who had a gun in his hand. Several people have been detained. Police found at least three weapons.

Then, at 10:42 p.m. shots were fired at the intersection again, striking multiple victims. Some were found at Chicago and State, others walked into hospitals across the city.

“What is it that you have on scene for the [evidence technician] to process?” a police dispatcher asked an officer.

“One million shell casings,” a cop replied.

“Alright. Let’s go between 30 and 50,” suggested the dispatcher.

The intersection of Chicago and State has been a focus of community concerns for years. Residents have continually complained about open drug transactions on the streets.

Even before Thursday’s mass shooting, the number of people shot and the number of people killed on the Near North Side was already eclipsing other recent years.

There had been 16 reported shot, 4 fatally, in the neighborhood as of May 16. At the same time last year, there were six shot and none killed. By mid-May 2020, there were four shooting victims, all survived. There were seven shooting victims through mid-May 2019. Two of them died.

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