"I was walking up Lawrence to go to Positive Loitering and saw a bunch of people at the bus stop, mostly men in their 20s in white t-shirts. When I had just passed the alley between Sheridan and Kenmore, I heard what I thought were loud firecrackers. I turned around and saw a man in the alley behind JJ Pepper shooting towards the crowd at the bus stop. I could see the flashes as the bullets came out of the gun.We are getting reports that there were two shooters. And two getaway cars. We also heard a few people stumbled into JJ Peppers to get away from the shots fired.
I didn't think, I just ran to the corner. I wanted to get around the building onto Sheridan. The positive loiterers were there. The security guard at Weiss Plaza was on duty. The security guards from Lawrence House were there, maybe just 15 feet behind the shooter. The guy with the gun didn't care, it was more important to him to shoot the people at the bus stop. I didn't see anyone fall. Other people did. I heard one young woman got shot in the leg. I also saw one guy who had been shot in the leg being led away by friends to a car before the ambulances got there.
The cops were being called by the time I got to the corner of Sheridan and Lawrence. About 20 police were there within a minute, followed by ambulances and bike cops and unmarked squads. Eventually the whole intersection was taped off. I've lived here for 15 years and I'm really shaken up."
Since the shooting a couple weeks ago at the Cricket store in Weiss Plaza, a task force has been set up and a security guard has been hired by the management of the Plaza to stop the loitering. We're hearing rumors that he was onsite, but inside one of the stores when the shooting took place.
There were a ton of witnesses there, so let's hope they do the right thing and talk to the cops about what they saw. If you happen to have seen something that you think might help the police in their investigation, please call 911 and tell them you were a witness, and ask to be put in contact with the 20th district police detectives.
This shit needs to stop.
The Tribune says four people are in serious to critical condition, and one is in good to fair condition.
Update from the Sun-Times, pretty much reiterating the same as the Trib story.