CHICAGO — A drive-by shooting outside a South Side lounge left two men dead and five people wounded early Sunday, according to police.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Chicago police say it began when a fight broke out inside Reynold’s Lounge at 75th and Ingleside Avenue. As people spilled outside, someone driving by in a grey four-door Ford fired shots on a crowd, striking seven people.
Family members say 39-year-old Jermey Carothers and his best friend 36-year-old Marvin Powell were killed. Carothers was shot in the back and chest, and Powell was shot in the neck and chest, and they were rushed to University of Chicago Hospital where they were declared dead.
Street Pastor Dr. Donovan Price was on the scene following the shooting.
“People everywhere trying to scramble to find their loved ones who was hurt. Their friends who was hurt,” Price said.
According to family, Carothers just celebrated his 39th birthday in January, and his relatives relatives were among the injured as well.
Three of the people shot were women. A 36-year-old woman was shot in the foot and was taken to St. Bernard Hospital. The other two women were grazed in the foot and arm. A 36-year-old man is now in critical condition at Christ Hospital after being shot in the back.
"Those type of lounges in a lot of cases, everybody knows each other. They’re frequented by the same people," Price said.
Price said when he arrived on the scene, a woman was in the street with a gunshot wound to her foot.
“She was trying to get to her brother. She was just screaming, 'Don’t worry about me. Don’t take care of me. I just want to get to my brother. I just want to find my brother.'”
The only victim not in his 30s, an 18-year-old shot in the shoulder, was taken to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition. Police said it's unclear if the people who were shot were the intended targets.
“Chicago Police are looking at surveillance video footage that may shed some light on how this started, who were the perpetrators, and what happened,” community activist Andrew Holmes said.