At least 15 people were shot, two of them fatally, inside a “pop-up party” early Sunday at a business that operates as a tow company and apparent event space on the South Side, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said.
Investigators believe the 4:40 a.m. shooting was “gang-related,” according to a Chicago police report citing preliminary information. Officers and firefighters responded to a business at 6798 S. South Chicago Ave. in the Park Manor neighborhood, according to police and fire officials.
The report says a woman who was shot three times, including once in the head, was found dead outside the building. A man, with gunshot wounds to his neck and leg, later was found dead inside in a “backroom.”
The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the woman as Rayneesha Dotson, 30, and the man as Lionel Darling, 39. Both were pronounced dead at 4:55 a.m. at the scene, according to Natalia Derevyanny, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.
“The location is a garage/ tow yard with an attached duplex apartment, which was converted to a bar/ party area,” the report states.
Reports about the number of people shot increased from nine at 7 a.m. to 12 a short time later and as of 9 a.m., 15, with two killed. Fire Department District Chief Juan Hernandez said that’s because more people were seeking treatment at area hospitals on their own after being shot.
One of the women who was injured, who did not want her name used for fear of retaliation, described the chaotic scene to a Tribune reporter hours after she was struck by a bullet that grazed the inside of her right shin. She declined emergency medical treatment at the time but said her leg began to swell and she had a large black bruise forming around the deep cut left by the bullet.