Gunfire erupts during Chicago White Sox game, leaving two injured

11:38 26.08.2023

Chicago - Two women were injured in a shooting incident that took place during a Chicago White Sox baseball game at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday night. According to the Chicago police, a 42-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, while a 26-year-old woman had a graze wound to her abdomen. The 42-year-old woman was reported to be in fair condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center, while the 26-year-old woman refused medical attention.

The exact details of the incident are still unclear, as detectives are currently investigating. The White Sox organization stated that it is uncertain whether the shots were fired from inside or outside the ballpark. The shooting occurred midway up Section 161 in left-center field, with a reported crowd of 21,906 spectators in attendance for the game, which resulted in a 12-4 loss for the Chicago White Sox against the Oakland A's.

Despite the alarming incident, the game continued uninterrupted. Tom Miller, a fan who was seated just two rows behind where the shooting took place, revealed that he did not hear a shot or witness the incident itself. However, he did notice a woman bleeding from her leg. Miller mentioned that at least two individuals were hit by the gunfire, and possibly a third. Security personnel swiftly arrived at the scene and evacuated the surrounding area.

Following the incident, spectators were relocated to a different section where they were instructed to remain for approximately 45 minutes. The postgame concert featuring Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, and Tone Loc, which was scheduled to take place after the game, was canceled due to "technical issues," according to the team.

The Chicago Police Department promptly responded to the incident, deploying additional resources and coordinating with White Sox security to ensure the safety of all attendees and staff. However, the police statement assured the public that there was no believed active threat at any point during the incident.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has also been in contact with the White Sox organization and local law enforcement. While the investigation remains ongoing, the White Sox expressed their concern for the victims and wished them a speedy recovery.

The shooting at Guaranteed Rate Field during a White Sox game has caused widespread alarm. The Chicago police have not released further information about the incident, but they stated that it is a priority to resolve the situation and provide a safe environment for future games. Guaranteed Rate Field, along with the Chicago White Sox, is cooperating fully with the police investigation.

Despite the shocking turn of events, fans at the game were not immediately aware that a shooting had occurred. When the announcement regarding the cancellation of the postgame concert flashed on the stadium screen, attendees were reportedly confused and disappointed. People began booing and making comments regarding the team's performance. Some fans expressed their frustration at the cancellation of the concert, unaware of the potential danger they had narrowly escaped.

The incident has sparked concerns about stadium security and the safety of attendees at sporting events. Both law enforcement and the White Sox organization have reassured the public that they are taking the incident seriously and working diligently to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. As the investigation continues, details surrounding the shooting and any potential motives remain unknown.

/ Saturday, August 26, 2023, 11:38 AM /

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