Stray bullets in drug deal robbery injure two people in the loop over weekends, including longtime stagehand who was planned work on a performance of “Moulin rouge!” this was later canceled, police and witnesses said.
After the shooting at 17:00 in lane in block 100 of North Wabash Street Sunday Evening performance of the musical at the nearby Nederlander Theater was called off.
Ryan Bush, stagehand at Nederlander, said: in interview with Sun-Times Monday what he was with his colleague when the “frightening” incident unfolded.
“My buddy ended up receiving in crossfire,” he said.
Police said both victims were “unintended targets”. of a shooting that appears to have stemmed from a drug deal between the two gangs of people at a nearby Taco Bell, police said. The dispute broke out and someone “meant weapons” and robbed others, officials said.
Victims of This robbery then drove the criminals into an alley near the Chicago theater.
” people who were robbed took out firearms and started shooting at people who took something from them, Chief of Detectives Brendan Dinihan said on Monday news conference.
Bush said that he and his colleague were gone out for a bite to eat between the matinee and the evening performance at the Nederlander when they heard gunshots and ducked.
“There were two guys Run down lane going west to State Street and someone was shooting at them,” he told the Sun-Times.
But Bush’s stage colleague, the 55-year-old from Elmhurst, couldn’t avoid bullets and was hit in right ear, according to police reports. Bush said the bullet also pierced his friend’s neck.
Another witness, a Chicago theater bartender, also told the officers that he saw three men running down the alley when he heard a couple of “claps”, leading According to reports, the bartender hid between the trash cans. Then he saw someone fire gun twice.
second victim of firearms, 27-year- an old man from the Gold Coast, was found with hand wound, reports say. He told the officers that he was going with his girlfriend when he was hit.
Both victims were taken to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital. in satisfactory condition, police said. Didn’t see the shooter either. who according to a police report, he later abandoned his jacket near a State/Lake Red Line stop.
No arrests were reported. Dinikhan told reporters that the police were reviewing the video. on where “both groups went”.
Bush, longtime stagehand who life in Northwestern Indiana said it was a relief for him to receive a text message from a colleague early Monday morning saying he was “feeling better” after being discharged from Northwestern University.
“This is my #1 boyfriend. He great boy, stagehand in in business for 30+ years,” Bush said, adding that his colleague is a grandfather.just going to retire.”
The shooting was not specifically listed as reason for Sunday evening cancellation performance of “Moulin rouge!” An official the statement attributed it to a “violation”.
The police said they sent additional resources to the Theater District.
“We will continue to monitor area and work closely with Cook County Sheriff’s Police beef up safety in our Theater District,” the ministry said in a statement. in statement.