At least two people were killed and eight others injured Thursday night in a deadly shooting near a McDonald’s in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, police say.
The shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m. Thursday on the 800 block of North State Street outside a McDonald’s near Chicago Avenue and State Street, Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said.
A firearm was recovered and a suspect is in custody, police said. An investigation is underway.
Video and photos from the scene show several of the McDonald’s glass doors and windows completely shattered.
As police and paramedics treated the victims on the sidewalk, the scene became even more chaotic when a fight broke out between several people, witnesses said.
According to police, the crime scene then expanded to the CTA Red Line subway station where officers were looking for a weapon. Officials did not say what happened at the scene.
Passengers were escorted off the train, officials said, and video shows a police tape near a section of the platform.
Based on social media video, a large police presence could be seen around the McDonald’s and Red Line CTA stop.
Two witnesses say they were walking near Michigan Avenue when they heard gunshots, sirens and police cars.
“It was scary,” said one of the witnesses. “Because you don’t know what’s going on. I’m eating on the subway here because it’s near my house. I’m going down this street and I’m going by McDonald’s. And if something happens while I’m walking on the street? It’s scary and it’s scary. It makes you feel unsafe, to be honest.
A witness said the incident started when a large group of people fought outside the restaurant, when a car stopped and someone inside the vehicle started to shoot, hitting several people. These reports are not confirmed by the police.
The downtown mass shooting comes on the first night of a new curfew imposed by Lori Lightfoot on unaccompanied youths, sparked by recent violent crimes in different parts of the city, including armed robberies, shootings fatalities and carjackings.
Lightfoot and Superintendent of Police. David Brown is expected to provide an update at 1:30 p.m. Friday on public safety across the city. You can watch the press conference live in the player above when it begins.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, shootings have increased downtown throughout 2022. They’ve increased 225% in the 18th Ward, which includes the McDonald’s where Thursday’s incident occurred.
In the 1st Ward, which covers parts of downtown and the Loop, shootings are up 100%.