Saturday, August 10, 2019

River North: Gunman eludes police after firing on group near Chicago Brown Line

The intersection of Franklin Street and Chicago Avenue in River North. | Google
Police supervisors terminated the pursuit of a suspect who is believed to have fired shots at a group of people near the Chicago Brown Line station early today. No one was injured. The shooter’s vehicle was later recovered by police on the Northwest Side.

A law enforcement officer from an unspecified agency called 911 to declare a police emergency after witnessing shots fired near Chicago Avenue and Franklin Street at 2:38 a.m., according to dispatch records. Chicago police later issued a statement confirming that a man fired shots toward people who were standing in the 700 block of North Franklin.

Witnesses said the offender fled the scene in a black Chevy Impala. Chicago police located the vehicle in traffic nearby and began a pursuit that wound onto the Kennedy and Eisenhower Expressways. Illinois State Police joined Chicago officers in the chase, but both agencies ordered their units to terminate as they neared the intersection of Jackson and Loomis in the West Loop.

Chicago officers later found the vehicle abandoned on the 2800 block of North Sawyer in the Avondale neighborhood, according to the CPD statement.

The gunman was described only as a Hispanic man wearing a white T-shirt.

Area Central detectives are investigating.
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