1:07 AM (CT) – The Chicago White Sox and Chicago Police Department both released statements on the incident at Friday night’s game.
The White Sox statement reads as follows:
“The Chicago White Sox released the following statement regarding tonight’s incident: Two fans attending Friday’s game suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by bullets. It is unclear to investigators whether the shots were fired from outside or inside the ballpark. The incident continues to be investigated by Area One detectives from the Chicago Police Department. While the police continue to investigate, White Sox security confirms that this incident did not involve an altercation of any kind. The White Sox are thinking of the victims at this time and wishing them a speedy recovery.”Chicago White Sox (via Twitter press release)
The Chicago Police Department’s statement reads as follows:
“This evening during the Chicago White Sox vs Oakland Athletics game at Guaranteed Rate Field, a 42-year-old female victim sustained one gun-shot wound to the leg. A 26-year-old female victim also sustained a graze wound to the abdomen. The 42-year-old female was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center where she is listed in fair condition. The 26-year-old female refused medical attention. Upon receiving notification of this incident, CPD responded immediately and deployed additional resources while coordinating with White Sox security to maintain the safety of those who were in attendance of working at the game. At no time was it believed there was an active threat. This information is still preliminary as Area One Detectives are investigating. We are asking anyone with information about this incident to please contact Area One Detective Division at 312-747-8380 or submit an anonymous tip through CPDTIP.com”Chicago Police Department (via Twitter press release)
10:33 PM (CT) – Tom Ahern, the Deputy Director of News Affairs and Communications for Chicago Police, shared that a written statement will be issued later this evening as the investigation is ongoing. There will be no press conference as originally scheduled.
10:05 PM (CT) – CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar provided a video from outside Guaranteed Rate Field, where there’s a heavy police presence.
9:55 PM (CT) – Tom Ahern, the Deputy Director of News Affairs and Communications for Chicago Police, said in a tweet that an update will be coming at 10:45 PM (CT).
9:20 PM (CT) – According to reports, multiple people were involved in a shooting incident inside Guaranteed Rate Field during Friday night’s White Sox game against the Athletics.
A recording from a Chicago-area police scanner can be heard saying there were three victims involved that took place around sections 161 and 162. It is not entirely known at what point during the game the alleged shooting occurred, though two of the victims are believed to have suffered injuries. The third person was unharmed.
“There is blood in section 162 of the White Sox’s stadium park,” a voice can be heard saying on the scanner. They go on to repeat, “There is blood in the stands in section 162.”
At this point, there are three known victims according to the recording. The first sustained a gunshot graze to the stomach. A second victim is reportedly a female who suffered a gunshot graze wound to the leg and was transported by ambulance to the University of Chicago. Voices on the scanner can be heard saying, “There’s supposedly a lot of blood.” A third person, also a female, was hit by the bullet but did not sustain any injuries.
Additionally, a live round was reportedly recovered by security inside the stadium and taken to the Gate 4 security office.
The White Sox have not provided any sort of statement at this time, but did cancel their postgame concert due to “technical issues.” The following message was shown on the stadium’s videoboard at the conclusion of the game:
“Attention Fans. Due to technical issues, tonight’s postgame concert has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Fans holding on-field passes will receive a refund to the original purchaser’s credit card.”– Chicago White Sox
We will continue to update this article as we get additional information and work to confirm. This is a developing story.
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