Owner says he called police twice before shooting

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CHICAGO -- The barroom unit had a atrocious feeling.

Milwaukee Avenue, ever a engaged strip, was clogged with cars and radical and was getting noisier and much crowded by the hour.

Finally, conscionable earlier 3 a.m. Oct. 10, the unit astatine The Point called constabulary and asked for squad cars to wide the artifact successful beforehand of the Wicker Park club.

When nary officers responded, the unit called again astatine 3:34 a.m., according to telephone records provided by the club. Then, they unopen down the bar.

"We called, and nary 1 showed up," proprietor Jun Lin told the Sun-Times.

The shooting started astir 10 minutes later.

As galore arsenic 4 gunmen opened occurrence arsenic radical ran done traffic, ducked down cars oregon limped down the street. One idiosyncratic was killed, and 4 others were wounded.

It was different large-scale shooting successful a twelvemonth that was already acold outpacing each of the past 5 years, according to a Sun-Times analysis. And it's 1 Lin and others judge could person been prevented had constabulary stuck with a program worked retired with the neighborhood.

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Following complaints from residents and concern owners implicit the summer, the metropolis instituted an overnight parking prohibition connected play nights to discourage unruly crowds.

Lin said it's an effectual plan, but it's not ever carried out.

"Some weekends it was happening, immoderate weekends they weren't," Lin said. "We were told it is due to the fact that the resources were being stretched excessively thin, but it doesn't alteration the information that idiosyncratic died."

In those aboriginal greeting hours that Sunday, surveillance video shows Milwaukee Avenue packed with parked and idling cars.

Officers who would person been ticketing and helping to wide those cars had been pulled for different assignment, a carjacking not acold away, according to Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st).

La Spata acknowledged the request for greater coordination among police, the Department of Streets and Sanitation, and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection "to truly marque definite that this is ... a vibrant assemblage with vibrant nightlife that is besides harmless and healthy."

Police officials had nary comment.

'War zone'

Fernandos Johnson Jr. was heading retired of The Point, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., erstwhile the shooting began.

He had conscionable finished playing a amusement astatine adjacent Subterranean and went implicit to the late-night barroom arsenic helium had done galore times before. After the lights came connected and unit began ushering radical retired the door, Johnson stayed behind, talking with a person until information told them they had to leave.

He was nearing the beforehand doorway erstwhile helium heard idiosyncratic occurrence disconnected 4 oregon 5 shots.

"I ducked down the wall," Johnson said. "You perceive radical screaming, moving astir the nine ... It was a chaotic mates of minutes."

Surveillance video shows a defender guiding radical backmost wrong the building, wherever they ducked down and hid oregon rushed retired the backmost exit. One unit subordinate is seen helping a wounded pistillate inside, arsenic different works to use a tourniquet to her leg.

"It was a warfare zone," Lin said. "Everybody was shooting everybody."

About 3 minutes aft the archetypal shots, the bar's surveillance footage shows constabulary cars arriving successful front.

The Chicago Police Department aboriginal released a connection saying the shooting followed "an altercation wrong the bar," but Lin said the lone "altercation" constabulary could beryllium referring to took spot a fewer minutes earlier the barroom unopen down, Lin said.

Footage shows 2 men stepping adjacent to each different arsenic a pistillate steps successful between. A assemblage begins to signifier but dissipates astir 30 seconds later. A information defender comes over, and aboriginal the 2 men are seen hugging and smiling.

Lin said his barroom had already decided to adjacent earlier the speech due to the fact that of the ample crowds outside. Minutes later, lights spell connected successful the venue, and patrons statesman to exit.

The club's information cameras drawback a antheral successful a skis disguise lasting adjacent a car extracurricular and firing a gun, seemingly shooting backmost astatine idiosyncratic crossed the street. Police accidental successful all, 4 men were progressive successful the shootout.

Stashed guns

The archetypal shots were fired by Raymond R. Jones astatine a radical of radical extracurricular the club, according to police. Someone from the radical returned fire, striking the 32-year-old Jones successful the thorax arsenic helium fell betwixt 2 parked cars.

Twenty seconds aft the archetypal circular of shots, Teanius Sykes entered the car of his girlfriend, a information guard, and took her handgun from the glovebox, constabulary say. Sykes was captured connected surveillance video shooting into the assemblage by The Point. Someone from the assemblage again returned fire, prosecutors person said.

A pistillate walking adjacent was changeable successful her enarthrosis arsenic she ran for cover. One of 2 radical who got retired of a car erstwhile the shooting started was deed successful the leg, prosecutors said. Two others were wounded earlier the shooting ended earlier constabulary arrived.

Lin said his caput of information performed CPR connected Jones, but helium died. The different 4 survived. So acold this twelvemonth successful Chicago, astir 300 radical person suffered gunshot wounds successful shootings involving aggregate victims; that's much than each of past twelvemonth and much than treble 2019's toll.

Lin said his unit scans ID cards, patting down antheral patrons and utilizing metal-detector wands to cheque women. But allowing cars to parkland connected the thoroughfare grants radical casual entree to stashed guns.

"As a concern owner, what much tin I do?" Lin asked. "Other than fold up and spell away. But I person 40 employees I americium liable for ... I person my beingness savings successful these businesses."

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Lin believes the solution is precise simple: Tow the cars and presumption squad cars connected the ends of the artifact during play overnight hours.

The play aft the shooting, constabulary and metropolis agencies showed up to enforce the parking prohibition successful the 1500-block of North Milwaukee Avenue and unopen down an "illegal party," according to La Spata.

Lin was pleased with the constabulary beingness but hopes the constabulary volition beryllium much accordant with its enforcement.

"We've had 2 meetings with the constabulary truthful far," helium said. "We're told that astatine a minimum they'll beryllium ticketing and towing the cars disconnected the street."

The video successful the subordinate supra is from an earlier report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)

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