The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office released the name of one of two people who were killed when someone opened fire on a group of people in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, also injuring seven others people, authorities said.
Antonio Wade, 30, died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. The name of the other person killed had not yet been released Friday afternoon.
The shooting occurred Thursday night when gunfire erupted during an argument between two groups near a McDonald’s on the 800 block of North State Street, according to the Chicago Police Department superintendent. David Brown.
Brown said two groups were arguing when someone fired a gun at the crowd. The incident was captured on video near the scene, he said.
“We see on the video where a person with a gun is shooting into the crowd – this is basically a disturbance, a personal conflict – hitting all nine people, killing two, injuring seven,” he said. Brown said.
Authorities initially said 10 people were shot, but later clarified that number.
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. The police could not immediately confirm this information.
After the shooting, the suspected shooter fled the scene and nearby officers pursued him to a CTA Red Line rig in the area. Members of the crowd also ran towards the station, Brown said.
According to officials, at one point a person suffered a burn due to a fall on the tracks. The woman, in her 20s, was taken to a nearby hospital in red or serious condition.
A firearm was recovered during the incident and a suspect was taken into custody, police said. An investigation is ongoing and charges were pending Friday.
Police say a person who tried to “hinder” officers as they attempted to make an arrest has also been arrested and charged. A third person suspected of having given the alleged shooter the weapon used in the shooting is still wanted.
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 began when a large group of youths fought outside the restaurant, when a car stopped and someone inside the vehicle started shooting , affecting many people. Police confirmed an argument preceded the shooting but could not say what the argument was about.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement Friday morning denouncing the shooting, saying “area residents, commuters and others just need to have peace of mind that this high-traffic area is safe, and it’s time to take more specific and concrete action to address this area once and for all.”
Specifically, Lightfoot says she asked Brown to add a “fixed station of uniformed officers at the intersection of State and Chicago and a separate fixed station at Red Line station in the same area.”
The downtown mass shooting comes on the first night of a new curfew imposed by Lightfoot on unaccompanied youths, sparked by recent violent crimes in different parts of the city, including armed robberies, fatal shootings and carjackings.