Video shows Chicago cops nearly driving into a hail of gunfire in Bucktown; rival tow truck crew eyed as suspects

Images show two gunmen leaving the SUV before the shooting and firing at the victim. At right, bullet holes are seen in a car and building entrance. (Provided)

CHICAGO — Chicago police officers patrolling Bucktown on Sunday morning nearly drove into the middle of a targeted shooting that left one man injured.

Surveillance video provided to CWBChicago shows the gunmen leaving an SUV to carry out the shooting and a Chicago police squad car driving up Damen Avenue as the gunfire—at least 25 rounds—erupts on Shakespeare Avenue.

The shooting, according to multiple sources, stems from ongoing conflicts between tow truck operators.

According to CPD reports reviewed by CWBChicago, Sunday’s incident began when the axle broke on a 25-year-old man’s Mitsubishi Eclipse, sending his car into a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of North Damen.

He called for help from a tow truck, which arrived shortly after. Then, just before 5 a.m., the gunmen, believed to be a rival towing crew, pulled around the corner in an SUV. It stopped at the mouth of the alley.

Two men jumped out of the SUV and ran up the alley toward the crash site. One of them carried a rifle. As they emerged from the other end of the alley, the gunman started shooting. Watch:

Investigators would later find more than two dozen shell casings at the scene. A 57-year-old man standing near the crash site suffered a gunshot wound to his side, police said.

A second camera angle provides more detail and shows the Chicago police squad car rolling into the gunfire. In this clip, you’ll see the two men exit the SUV and jog into the alley. The SUV’s driver backs into the alley.

Keep your eye on the right side of the screen as the SUV reverses. You’ll see the squad car roll by. After the gunfire begins, the squad car backs up, returning to view.

The squad is still sitting in the intersection when the SUV pulls out of the alley and drives away. Watch:

Based on CPD radio transmissions, the officers in the squad car did not see the SUV leaving the area because they only radioed information about a tow truck that was driving away.

So far, no arrests have been announced in connection with the shooting.

About two hours before the Bucktown shooting, two men were shot while sitting in a tow truck in West Town. The men were in the 500 block of North Ogden when a black sedan pulled up around 2:50 a.m., police said. Someone fired shots from the sedan.

Police said a bullet grazed the tow truck driver’s head. The 35-year-old is in good condition at St. Mary’s Hospital. His passenger was shot in the left thigh. He’s in good condition at Stroger Hospital. Police did not release his age.

Officers at the scene said they found two firearms inside the tow truck. CPD has not publicized any links between the two shootings.

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