2 killed, 7 injured in mass shooting downtown; suspect in custody – CBS News

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By Megan Hickey, Marissa Parra, Mugo Odigwe, Elyssa Kaufman, Dorothy Tucker, Tim McNicholas, Todd Feurer, John Dodge, Sabrina Franza, Jeramie Bizzle
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CHICAGO (CBS)– A suspect is in custody after two people were killed and seven others were injured during a mass shooting downtown late Thursday night.
CBS 2 Investigators have confirmed the alleged gunman’s name, but is not publishing it until he has been charged.  Police said somebody handed him a gun, a Glock fitted to shoot multiple bullets, and he began firing into a crowd. The man has a past criminal record. 
Police said the mass shooting took place just after 10:40 p.m. outside of the McDonald’s at Chicago Avenue and State Street. A McDonald’s window was shattered during the shooting. The restaurant is now closed. 
Video circulating on social media shows more the moments as more than two dozen bullets were blasted into a crowd of people, some hiding behind the bus stop for cover. Others are seen hurt, lying on the sidewalk nearby.
A total of nine people were shot. Two of the victims died, police said. 
Anthony Allen, 31, died at Stroger Hospital  about an hour after the shooting. He was shot in the lower back, officials said. 
Antonio Wade, 30, a soon-to-be father of two, died at Northwestern Hospital late Thursday after he was shot in the chest.
One of the victims was critically wounded. The rest are in good condition. 
The gunman ran into the nearby Red Line subway and down the tunnel after the shooting, where he was arrested and a gun recovered.  A woman was critically injured when she came in contact with the electrified third rail on the tracks during the chase to apprehend the suspect. 
“This is a gun crisis,” said Supt. David Brown, who once again called on prosecutors and judges to hold gun violence suspects in jail until trial. 
CHICAGO (CBS) — We are learning more details about the victims in Thursday night’s mass shooting outside the Red Line station at Chicago and North State Street. 
Anthony Allen, 31, died at Stroger Hospital  about an hour after the shooting. He was shot in the lower back, officials said. 
Antonio Wade, 30, a soon-to-be father of two, died at Northwestern Hospital late Thursday after he was shot in the chest.
Seven others were wounded, police say — one woman and six men.  One of the men is in critical condition after he was shot in the stomach. The six other victims are listed in good condition at Stroger, Northwestern and Illinois Masonic hospitals. 
CHICAGO (CBS) — The man in custody for a mass shooting on the Near North Side has a criminal record and was wanted on an arrest warrant at the time of the shooting.
Charges are pending against the 21-year-old suspect Friday night. CBS 2 is not identifying him because he has not yet been charged, but police knew all about him.
CHICAGO (CBS) – The McDonald’s location at Chicago and State Street is still shut down.
CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas explains that the owner has a lot of work to do before they can re-open.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was wounded in a mass shooting that left two people dead and seven others injured late Thursday night on the Near North Side was just steps away when the gunfire rang out, and did everything she could to keep her son alive.
“My baby could’ve died in my hands. I just told him, ‘Just stay up. Just talk to mommy.’ Me and the officer said, ‘Just keep saying your birthday.’ He’s been up ever since,” Kimberly Saunders said.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot shrugged off any suggestions that the city might consider asking Gov. JB Pritzker to deploy the Illinois National Guard in Chicago to help police with surging violent crime, similar to how the National Guard was brought in to help respond to widespread civil unrest in 2020, following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.
“I don’t see any reason for that,” Lightfoot said. “The National Guard is not a panacea. The National Guard is a military force. They are trained, not in civilian use of force, but in military use of force, and when they see a challenge, their training tells them to put down that challenge with deadly force. That’s not what we need in this moment. We don’t need more gunfire, and we certainly don’t need our residents being subject to a military force on our streets.”
CHICAGO (CBS) — After a closure notice was posted on the window of the McDonald’s at State Street and Chicago Avenue on Friday afternoon, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the closure was due to “pretty serious electrical issues” unrelated the shooting outside.
Lightfoot said, after the shooting, officials with the Buildings Department and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection went to that McDonald’s on Friday morning, to meet with the franchise owner and the store’s employees, and to make sure that the building is up to code.
“As I understand it, they found some pretty serious electrical issues that have to be fixed, and some other issues along the way,” Lightfoot said. “That McDonald’s will have to come back into compliance before it can reopen.”
In an email, Buildings Department spokesman Mike Puccinelli said, “The inspection was part of a typical protocol involving the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, The Department of Buildings and the CPD often after police activity.”
Puccinelli confirmed the electrical issue was not related to the shooting.
“This morning at the request of the Chicago Police Department, a team of inspectors from the Department of Buildings conducted an inspection at the McDonald’s located at 10 E. Chicago Avenue.  The inspection found dangerous and hazardous electrical conditions.  Based on the seriousness of the violations, the business was closed by the order of the Building Commissioner to protect employees and the public,” he said in an email.
The business owner has been provided with a list of code violations that must be corrected, and once those repairs are made, if the building passes a follow-up inspection, the McDonald’s will be allowed to reopen.
CHICAGO (CBS) — At an unrelated event Friday afternoon on the West Side, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the deadly mass shooting downtown “a horrible tragedy.”
“Two young people lost their lives for no good reason,” Lightfoot said. “Teenagers have been fussing and fighting, probably since the beginning of time. The difference now is too many of them have guns, and that’s exactly what happened last night.”
The mayor said the city sees too many people going out to hang out downtown or in the neighborhoods, without any supervision, “and then you add a gun to the mix.”
“I’m fairly certain when all the dust is cleared about last night, what we’re going to find is kids who were just out on the street, with no adult supervision. Maybe somebody knew where they were, maybe they didn’t, but that is the thing that has got to stop,” she said.
The mayor also said that too many young people feel like they need to carry a gun to feel safe in Chicago.
“Frankly, that’s a horrible indictment on our failings as adults, but what I’ll also say is this: you will not be safe if you carry a gun. You won’t, because you have a ticking time bomb in your hand, in your purse, in your pocket; and if you carry a gun, invariably something tragic is going to happen,” she said, whether that means someone accidentally shooting themselves, or intentionally shooting another person.
Lightfoot said parents, guardians, and other caring adults “absolutely must step up” and know where their kids are going, who they are with, and what they are doing when they go out.
“Be accountable for your children. Be accountable to our city to make sure that your children are doing what needs to be done, which is to be respectful, to value and respect themselves, and to respect other peoples’ person, property, and lives. We can’t say that enough,” she said.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Speaking at an unrelated event Friday afternoon on the West Side, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said “everyone has a role to play” in helping improve community safety in Chicago.
“Every single person, every single one of us all across our city. Together, united as one, we can make and we are making great impacts,” she said. “We are planting the seeds for peace. We need to continue to tend our crop.”
The mayor also pushed back on the notion that young people in the city don’t have enough to do, which has led to some of the recent surge in violence. Lightfoot said there are hundreds of activities available to young people every day, and that the city has launched a new “My Chi My Future” app to help parents and guardians find various activities in their neighborhoods.
“There’s no reason why our young people can’t be connected to positive, productive activities,” she said. “It’s easy sometimes to forget that the vast majority of our young people are beautiful, are smart, and innovative. Nothing that’s happened in this last week changes that truth, but we do have young people who are clearly lost, who don’t understand respect for themselves and don’t understand respect for others’ persons and property, and we’ve got to hold them accountable.”
“The vast majority of our young people are doing incredibly well, living great lives, fully supported, and are leading our city in magnificent ways. Let’s not forget that,” she added. “Let’s not lose sight of that, even in our anger or frustration and despair.”
CHICAGO (CBS)– The McDonald’s on State Street and Chicago Avenue is closed. 
The McDonald’s location has been deemed “off limits” by the Department of Buildings. According to a notice on the window, the building has been cited as “dangerous and hazardous.”
CLOSED (until further notice)

The McDonald’s on State and Chicago — scene of the mass shooting overnight — bearing a new scar:

Deemed “off limits” by Dept of Buildings… citing it is “dangerous and hazardous” @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/ImQTMGG5yH
This comes amid an investigation into Thursday night’s mass shooting downtown. 
The owner of the McDonald’s must meet with city officials to discuss a plan to stop “nuisance issues,” according to a spokesperson for the department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
The meeting will include Chicago police, the alderman’s office and community members to work ”to identify some reasonable steps to address the nuisance issues.” The owner needs to agree to a plan to correct problems. 
CHICAGO (CBS) — So far in 2022, there have ben 206 mass shootings in the United States, including 10 in Chicago, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive
A total of 216 people have died and seven of those deaths happened in Chicago.  Nationwide, 876 were injured, including 45 in the city.
For comparison, in other large cities this year, Los Angeles has had two mass shootings, while New York had three so far.  Excluding the recent Buffalo grocery store shooting where 10 were killed in one incident, other cities have fewer incidents but more deaths: 
Chicago mass shooting data 
A mass shooting is when at least four people are shot, not including the gunman. 
CHICAGO (CBS) – Following Thursday night’s mass shooting, Chicago Police. Supt. David Brown provided information about the moments leading to the incident.
Brown said there were reports of an argument between two groups in the 800 block of North State Street. Video shows officers breaking up physical altercations between the groups.
Brown said after firing into a group outside the Chicago-State Red Line station — the suspect fled, and officers chased him to the CTA Red Line platform. The group followed the shooter into the Red Line tunnel. Police said officers captured the shooter and recovered the weapon.
A second person obstructed officers at the scene – charges are pending.
A third female in the group also fled and was shocked on the CTA tracks. She is listed in critical condition.
Brown said another individual from the group handed the suspect the gun. An investigation is underway.
Brown credited the officers stationed in the area, leading to the arrest.
When asked about the cleanup, he says that this is an ongoing crime scene and wants to make sure that they have collected all of the appropriate evidence in the case.
Charges are pending for two and possibly three individuals involved.  
No word on what caused the fight. Name and age of the suspects will be released after the offender is charged. 
CHICAGO (CBS) —  The suspect shot into a crowd of people just outside the State Street Red Line station, police say. 
The man, who has a criminal record, was captured on video surveillance opening fire into the crowd and then running down the stairs into the subway station. 
He ran into the subway tunnel with the gun, a Glock with an extended magazine, before being arrested. 
Police say at least 21 shots were fired into the crowd.  Several of the victims were shot multiple times. 
Police initially said 10 people were shot, but revised that number to nine, with two deaths. 
CBS 2 is not naming the suspect because he has not yet been charged. 
CHICAGO (CBS) — A victim of the mass shooting downtown shared what led up to the attack and said the two people killed were his friends. 
The victim told CBS 2 he was eating inside McDonald’s, at State Street and Chicago Avenue, when he heard commotion outside. 
When he went outside, he was shot twice. He was shot in the abdomen and suffered a graze wound to his leg. He was treated at a local hospital. 
NEW: We just spoke with one of the victims of last night’s shooting on Chicago and State.

He says he was hit twice by bullets out the McDonald’s. And that the two people killed in the shooting were his friends. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/43xpBDa3HQ
He said the two victims who died were his friends. 
Eight other people were wounded, some of them seriously.   
GRAPHIC: Pools of blood and emergency equipment still on the street from the mass shooting in downtown Chicago

I wouldn’t normally show something so graphic… but I’m dumbfounded this is still here 8 hours later

Worst part is people barely seem to notice walking past to work 😔 pic.twitter.com/EkKi3SBlSF
As CBS 2’s Marissa Parra reported, blood and emergency equipment was still on the streets and sidewalks near the shooting scene Friday morning. 
Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement on Friday morning, and has asked Chicago Police to post officers at the Red Line station stop and on the street at Chicago and State. 
Full statement below: 
“An outrageous act of violence was committed last night in the area of Chicago and State. I have been in frequent contact throughout the early morning hours with Superintendent Brown and his team, as well as President Carter of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), and I will continue to monitor developments throughout the day. 
Area residents, commuters, and others simply must have the peace of mind that this highly trafficked area is safe, and it is time for more specific, concrete steps to be taken to address this area once and for all.  
First, I have asked Superintendent Brown to install a fixed post of uniformed officers at the intersection of State and Chicago and a separate fixed post in the Red Line station in the same area.  
Second, I have also engaged the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection to determine what if any additional measures need to be taken to address long-standing concerns along that block. That work has already begun. 
Lastly, I have asked the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and CTA to continue to work together to have our CPD Public Transportation Section with visible patrols of stations, platforms, and trains 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
Most importantly, it is simply awful, and unacceptable that once again, another tragedy occurs because firearms are in the hands of people who simply do not care about themselves or the value of another’s life.  Our police department is hard at work to make sure those responsible for last night’s incident are held accountable, for the safety and well-being of us all.” 
CHICAGO (CBS) — As paramedics arrived, they found a chaotic scene with at least 10 people injured, many lying on the street. 
The began to administer aid to the victims and several were transported by ambulance to Stroger, Northwestern and Illinois Masonic hospitals. 
Police also strung crime scene tape around the State Street Red Line stop just outside the McDonald’s, where the shooting happened. 
Two of those people have died. Eight others were wounded, some of them seriously. 
As the sun rose, blood could still be seen on the sidewalk. 
GRAPHIC: Pools of blood and emergency equipment still on the street from the mass shooting in downtown Chicago

I wouldn’t normally show something so graphic… but I’m dumbfounded this is still here 8 hours later

Worst part is people barely seem to notice walking past to work 😔 pic.twitter.com/EkKi3SBlSF
This shooting happened just a few blocks west of the iconic Chicago Water Tower and Magnificent Mile shopping district. 
CHICAGO (CBS) — Shortly after the shooting around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, several young men began fighting. 
Police had to step in the break up the melee as several people where throwing punches. 
A man who lives in the area said he had just gotten home when two women ran into the lobby of his apartment in a panic. 
“I saw two girls running in,” said Micha, who did not provide a last name. “The were crawling on the floor.  They looked absolutely terrified. The just looked traumatized.” 
Megan Hickey is a member of the 2 Investigator team, focusing on topical investigative stories.
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