1 dead, 7 others injured after shooting at South Side birthday party

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — One person was killed and seven others were injured after a shooting that took place during a birthday party on the South Side early Friday morning.

Chicago police said a group of people were at a gathering on the 2500 block of West 79th Street just after midnight when two men opened fire. The conditions of those injured range from fair to critical with ages ranging from 22 to 41. All of those shot were men except for one woman.

A 26-year-old man, later identified as Dante Thomas, was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the head.

The following victims were transported to the hospital, according to Chicago police.

  • A 22-year-old man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in fair condition with a gunshot would to the knee. 
  • A 28-year-old man was transported to an unknown hospital in serious condition after being shot in the abdomen. 
  • A 28-year-old man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in fair condition with gunshot wound to the leg. 
  • A 41-year-old woman was transported to an unknown hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 
  • A sixth person was self-transported to Roseland and was transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the body.
  • A 32-year-old man was self-transported to Little Company of Mary Medical Center and will be transferred to Christ with a gunshot wound to the back.
  • A 27-year-old man was transported to Christ in critical condition after being shot in the head.

In surveillance video obtained by WGN News, it shows two gunman firing shots into the alley of 2500 block of West 79th Street.

“When I left here last night everything was calm, so when I found out I was shocked,” the owner of nearby Qs Tips and Wings BBQ Lawshawn Jones said.

As cars speed by and bullets fly, footage shows a young boy carrying a shiny blue balloon out of the party with him. It’s the second time in less than two weeks that a rogue party inside a storefront has ended in mass bloodshed.

On March 14, a pop up party inside a Park Manor warehouse ended with 15 people shot, including two dead.

Partygoers told WGN it was one of many underground parties thrown in the 6700 block of South Chicago during the pandemic. On Friday, police said that investigation is still ongoing.

While nobody has been arrested, the city has officially closed the building down and is suing its owner.

No one has been taken into custody related to Friday morning’s shooting. Several weapons were recovered at the scene.

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