Man shot, injured on North Avenue Beach; 3 officers injured after beating after hours

Chicago (CBS) – One night before, the condition of a person was critical after being shot on North Avenue Beach.

Later, three Chicago police officers were injured when breaking up a fighting block in nearby Old Town.

A flyer posted on social media invited people to participate in a “trend” on the beach Tuesday evening. It was around 4 pm when the youth started arriving at North Avenue Beach for the event.

With sunny and hot conditions before Tuesday evening, the Chicago Police Department made two arrests between 5 and 6 p.m.

Officials said that when the gathering started off peacefully – visitors had a fun time in the water and on the volleyball court – it turned violent.

During checking the bag, officers found a 9mm handgun in a fanny pack. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and faces a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested after a second gun was found in the bag.

The superintendent of police said, “When you are arrested the consequences of possessing a gun will be withheld – the real consequences of possessing a gun will prevent people from possessing guns in these circumstances.” David Brown.


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But the violence escalated. On Tuesday at 7:56 p.m. on the beach near Castaways Bar & Grill and at the beach changing house, a 19-year-old man was shot multiple times by another man.

The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

Police said people were dancing in the water, but soon, they heard women shouting and fighting.

“Officers see a muzzle flash nearby, gunshots are heard, and a 19-year-old man has been shot multiple times,” Brown said.

Officials said two people fled the spot. One of them threw the fanny pack and found a handcuff inside.

The accused, who threw the bag inside with the gun, fled. The second accused has been arrested.

Police have still released surveillance photos and videos of the man wanted in the shooting.

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He is seen running over the concrete along the beach and throwing the fanny pack police mentioned in the bushes beyond the sand fence.

“A Glock handgun with an extended magazine was recovered from that bag,” Brown said.


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“A Glock handgun with an extended magazine was recovered from that bag,” Brown said.

As he spoke about the search for the shooter on Wednesday afternoon, the superintendent. Brown described what he believed to be happening repeatedly among young people in Chicago.

“Individual conflicts being resolved with gun games, I think, are the best characterization of what is happening in these circumstances,” Brown said.

The trouble was not over after the shooting. A fight broke out on North Avenue and Wells Street two hours later as police tried to drive the crowd away from the beach. Three teenagers were arrested and challaned.

One officer with a bruise and wound to his hand and another with a swollen eye were treated at the scene.

The third officer was hit in the back with an unidentified object and was taken to a local hospital.

A 16-year-old boy faces three counts of felony and reckless conduct against officers. A 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys were also taken into custody.

“Don’t bring guns to the beach,” said Supt. brown. It’s not something that will make us safe – regardless of the reason you think you’re doing it.”

Neighbors near the beach say they are disappointed because the shooting took place on the first official day of summer.

Colleen Nolan said, “Violence is disturbing, but I think we should be aware, be vigilant and protect our community, protect our neighbours.”

“It’s really depressing, gun violence is shameful,” said Tamunodipiriwe Bamson. “Like wow this is really depressing; someone has to bring the violence to a happy place. It’s everyone’s happy place; people are trying to enjoy their weekends.”


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Brown makes sure the police stay on the beach.

Police said they have increased patrols on the beach and surrounding areas – and are using security measures such as mobile lighting.

“There was a significant police presence on North Avenue Beach, and there will continue to be a significant presence on the beach,” Brown said. “Don’t bring guns to the beach. That’s something that’s not going to make us safe.”

Anyone who still has information about a shooting suspect is asked to call Area Three Detectives at (312) 744-8261.

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