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Suspect ‘in custody’ after 2 dead, 7 injured in downtown Chicago shooting, police say

  • May 21, 2022

A suspect is in custody after nine people were shot, two fatally, Thursday night in an incident that left bystanders scattering near a busy downtown Chicago intersection, police said.

Police received reports of two groups fighting around 10:40 p.m. near a train station at the intersection between Chicago Avenue and State Street on the city’s north side, police Superintendent David Brown said at a Friday news conference. The station is located in a shopping hub on State Street and just blocks from the city’s iconic commercial district, Magnificent Mile.

As officers arrived and began weaving their way through the crowd near a McDonald’s, gunfire broke out, Brown said. He said surveillance video of the shooting shows a person firing into the crowd, killing two people and injuring seven more.

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The seven wounded were hospitalized in serious to critical condition, Chicago Fire Department officials told the Chicago Sun-Times. Police initially reported 10 people were shot.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene as bystanders fled the gunfire and police officers rushed to break up a fistfight that broke out among several people, the Sun-Times and NBC Chicago reported.

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One witness, Deonna Jackson, 18, told the Sun-Times she ran from the fight when it started.

“We get to 7/11, we turn around and they just get to shooting, to shooting like crazy,” Jackson said.

In a statement Friday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting “an outrageous act of violence” and announced that the city will install a “fixed post” of police officers at the intersection.

cfernando@usatoday.com or follow her on Twitter at @christinetfern.

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