This Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney had a birthday. Saturday night, her husband planned a fantastic party filled with friends. There was a problem, almost a third of the guests were late. They were very, very late.
Taking a show must go on approach, she checked her phone, the messages came through and a barrage of missed calls:
“Do you know what’s going on? can’t get near the restaurant”- text
"Hey, Ava. We are... this is. We are on our way with the Broadway blocked off. Apparently there's been some sort of ruckus so the police have blocked off a really wide area. So we're on our way. Got something... something has happened around here. So we'll be there as soon as we can. Camera, crews all around. Bye now".- vmail
From Chicago Breaking News:
A double homicide on the Far North Side Saturday evening prompted a pursuit that left one Chicago officer wounded and a suspect in the slayings dead from police gunfire.
Gang crimes officers on surveillance on the 5800 block of North Winthrop Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood while looking into a narcotics-related homicide and saw a group of people run from the building, just before a call of "shot fired" came from the location at about 5:30 p.m., police said.
Upon entering the building police found three victims, two dead on the scene and the other in critical condition, in a fourth-floor apartment. As a marked police car attempted to stop the suspects who were fleeing in a vehicle that multiple witnesses later described as a pickup truck, the suspects rammed the squad car and fired at police, wounding one officer in the leg, according to a police statement.
For hours during the investigation, traffic was rerouted around the active crime scenes.
About a dozen onlookers gazed from the Red Line stop at Thorndale and Broadway, near the scene of where the officer was shot.
Keenan Morgan was about to leave his home behind Moody's Pub -- a restaurant located across the street from where the shooting happened -- when he heard what sounded like gunfire blasts.
"I heard 'Boom, boom, boom! Pow, pow, pow. It was very unexpected,” said Morgan, 23.
At the other roped-off crime scene near Glenwood and Devon Avenues, witnesses said they saw a short chase involving a pickup and several police cars westbound on Devon.
Rich Wamsley, who lives a block away from the scene, said he went out for some fresh air and was shocked by the police tape and flashing lights.
"It's pretty crazy," he said. "Wow. It's a scary thing to happen in our own neighborhood."
It’s not every day that my birthday party ends up in the boundaries of a crime scene.