Federal gun charge filed against man targeted in Wrigleyville double-shooting

Federal officials say these images show Raphael Hammond hiding a firearm in a planter outside the 1025 West Addison residences moments after he fired the gun toward someone who tried to shoot him. Inset is an image of Hammond taken from an elevator surveillance camera after the shooting. (U.S. District Court records)

CHICAGO — The man who was apparently targeted, but not hurt, in a shooting that left two other people injured across from Wrigley Field this month has been charged with a federal firearms violation. Raphael Hammond, 37, of Chicago, is already on federal supervised release for a previous gun case.

In a newly filed federal criminal complaint, a Homeland Security Investigations agent said an array of surveillance cameras recorded the shooting, which occurred outside Lucky Strike, 1027 West Addison, around 1:13 a.m. on May 5.

Hammond was standing on the sidewalk when a dark SUV pulled up, and a gunman wearing a red hoodie with a floral design stepped out of the vehicle. The federal agent said the man appeared to fire at Hammond. The criminal complaint includes an image of the gunman pointing a firearm with an extended magazine toward Hammond at close range.

Hammond, who was not injured, ran into Lucky Strike while the gunman returned to the SUV and headed east on Addison, according to the complaint. Seconds later, Hammond emerged from the building and ran down Addison, firing a gun toward the fleeing SUV, the federal agent alleged.

This gunman shot toward Hammond at close range, but missed, officials say. (U.S. District Court records)

After firing the shots, Hammond ditched his .38-caliber pistol in a planter outside The Residences at Addison & Clark and hurried into a nearby parking garage, according to the allegations.

Hammond received a 40-month federal prison sentence in 2018 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently on 36 months of supervised release, which will end on September 9, the agent said.

Cook County court records show Hammond was on pretrial release for a misdemeanor domestic battery case at the time of the Wrigleyville incident. Prosecutors dropped the case on May 17.

Neither state nor federal authorities have accused Hammond of shooting anyone in Wrigleyville. Chicago police believe at least three men fired shots during the altercation, which left a 37-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to their legs. We reported shortly after the shooting that surveillance video showed “one shooter was described as a Black man wearing a red sweater with white flowers. Another was described as a left-handed Black man wearing a white baseball cap, a white t-shirt, and light blue jeans.”

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