CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - One person was killed and six other people were wounded in a West Pullman neighborhood mass shooting early Sunday on the Far South Side, police said.
About 2:30 a.m., the group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away.
“Two officers actually witnessed the shooting, took off after the offender’s car,” First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro said at an unrelated press conference Sunday afternoon.
“There was a slight pursuit on the expressway at which time the officers lost the vehicle on the expressway,” Navarro said.
A male, whose age was not known, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on the fatality.
A 30-year-old man was shot in the left leg; a 31-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; a 32-year-old woman was shot in the right leg; a 32-year-old man was shot in the abdomen; a 33-year-old woman was shot in the left leg; and a 36-year-old man was shot in the buttocks, police said.
Three people were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, while two others were taken to Stroger Hospital, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. They were all listed in serious-to-critical condition.
A seventh person was shot and taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Langford said. That person was in fair-to-serious condition.
An eighth person, a 40-year-old man, was struck by the shooter’s vehicle and suffered a broken right ankle, police said. He was taken to Christ, where his condition stabilized.
The owner of the banquet hall has voluntarily closed the property in the wake of the shooting, Navarro said.
Area South detectives were investigating.