Apparently one or all of the men were fugitives from South Bend, Indiana. Thanks, Hoosier State!
Channel 2 reported at 10:30 that three men who were holed up inside 4639 Broadway gave themselves up. A fourth man had been arrested earlier, at around 4:15 pm. There was film of the surrender on CBS2.
Here's the Tribune's take on it.
At 10:50pm, "reverse 911 calls" went out assuring nearby residents that the situation was under control and no need to stay inside.
At 10:50, we heard the first train go by at the Wilson station!
Here's our situation: Around 6pm, the police asked UU not to post in real time because they didn't want the men barricaded inside the building to know what was going on on the street as far as law enforcement tactics. (We noticed that the television news observed the same moratorium.) So we can tell you now, thanks to wonderful readers who kept writing in:
- At 6:45pm, a SWAT truck backed slowly down the 4600 block of Broadway, full of big men and bigger guns
- SWAT teams and sharp shooters on the building roofs were seen on the 4600 block of Winthrop, behind Broadway
- a reader who lives next to the 4639 Broadway building was taking shelter in his hallway with all the lights out. He told us that the police, via bullhorn, kept asking to speak to Brian Hunt (?) or Lamar Forrest (?) at 4639 N Broadway.
- Law enforcement kept shining a spotlight into the windows where the fugitives were staying and kept encouraging them to call 911.
- A reader said the bullhorn conversation was "Come out immediately. This is the Chicago Police Department. We are at 4639 N. Broadway. We are not leaving. Call 911 or come out of the building immediately. They also asked them to flash the lights so they would know they were okay. Also asked them to come to the window. No movement on the window. They have a spotlight shining on it."