Chicago police officers were just a few steps away when at least one gunman fired shots near Wrigley Field overnight. One man was injured.
“Shots fired! Shots fired!” an officer yelled into his radio at 3:05 a.m. Sunday. Cops quickly located the injured man in the 1100 block of West Eddy, just behind the Clark Street nightlife strip. They said he had gunshot wounds to his foot and ankle.
Here’s how it sounded on Chicago police radios:
About a block away, an Earthcam posted across from Wrigley Field recorded the gunshots. About nine are heard, one right after the other. Moments later, on the left side of the webcam feed, people are seen running north on Clark Street, away from the shooting.
“Are you f***ing serious?” someone says near the camera’s microphone.
“That’s crazy,” another replies as the sirens of approaching police units begin. Watch:
Officially, the Chicago Police Department released a brief, generic statement about the incident: “A 34-year-old male victim was outside walking when he heard multiple shots fired and felt pain. The victim sustained one [gunshot wound] to the foot and ankle and was transported to IL Masonic where he is listed in good condition. There is no one in custody and Area Three Detectives are investigating.”
Witnesses provided conflicting information about what happened.
On Clark Street, police found a couple who thought they were the intended targets of the shooting. Their vehicle had a bullet hole near the rear wheel, and its front right tire was shot out.
Several shell casings were found near the intersection of Eddy and Seminary. The police were looking for video cameras in the area, hoping to learn more about what happened.
The victim is the seventh person shot in Lakeview this year. That’s down from 15 victims at this point last year. The neighborhood also had seven shooting victims in 2021. Other recent shooting totals for the neighborhood include eight in 2020, five in 2019, one in 2018, three in 2017, and five in 2016.
The total for 2020 includes one police shooting and two unintentional self-inflicted injuries.