2 wounded in shooting at guaranteed rate field during White Sox game

Two women were injured in a shooting during Friday night’s White Sox game in the outdoor seating area of ​​Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago Police Department reported.

A police spokesman said on social media late Friday that the department would soon provide information on a “shooting incident,” and a press release was issued early Saturday.

“Tonight a 42-year-old female victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg during the Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics game at Guaranteed Rate Field. A 26-year-old female victim also suffered an abdominal abrasion,” the statement said. “The 42-year-old woman was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she is in good condition. The 26-year-old woman refused medical attention.”

According to a police report, injured spectators and witnesses were seated in area 161, in left field near the stadium’s stands.

According to the police report, the 42-year-old woman was shot twice, in the right thigh and calf. According to the report, she still had a bullet in her shin when she was evacuated to the University of Chicago Hospital.

According to the police report, a witness heard a loud bang and felt something hit her.

According to the report, she later found a bullet inside a hoodie she had tied around her waist.

Police said they have responded and coordinated with White Sox security forces but do not believe the situation posed an “active threat”.

“This information is still preliminary as Area One detectives investigate,” the statement said. “We are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact the Area One Detective Division at 312-747-8380 or submit an anonymous tip”

A Major League Baseball spokesman told the Chicago Tribune that they are currently “in touch” with the White Sox and the Chicago Police Department as the investigation into the incident continues.

Chicago police declined to comment further Saturday morning.

The game was not interrupted, although the incident happened just yards from the White Sox’s outfield and bullpen. Stadium site staff had already begun installing field barriers to keep fans in place during the post-game concert when it was announced that the concert had been cancelled.

Fans began booing and jeering as the Sox lost heavily in the second half of the game, and again when the concert was canceled.

Plainclothes officers and investigators from the Chicago Police Department were on the 100 level of the stadium and on the surrounding streets when the fans were escorted out of the stadium after the ninth inning on Friday night.

A statement from the White Sox said it was unclear whether the bullets were fired from inside or outside the park. “While police continue the investigation, White Sox security confirms that this incident did not involve any altercation.” said the team in a post on Xformerly Twitter.

One spectator, Greg Mika, said he was sitting at left of midfield, about four rows behind a young woman whose leg was being treated for medical treatment below the knee, and watched her walk away while he spoke to medics.

The incident happened in the third inning of the game, he said, but fans were not asked to leave the game. He said authorities cleared several rows in front of and behind the area where the woman had been sitting.

Southwest Suburbs Mika and his friends weren’t sure what happened to the woman as they left after the game. Despite speculation she may have been injured by a bullet, Mika said his sense of security at the stadium had not been shaken.

“No, not really,” he said, “because we’re not really sure what happened. All we hear is speculation.”

The Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 12-4. According to an announcement on the stadium’s video scoreboard, a planned concert after the game was canceled. “Due to technical problems, the post-game concert tonight was canceled,” said the fans who booed.

The concert was billed as the “I Love the 90s Tour” and was set to feature Vanilla Ice, Rob Base and Tone Loc.

The incident capped a difficult week for the White Sox. As a team considered Crain’s Chicago Business reported Monday that team principal Jerry Reisdorf is considering a move to the suburbs or maybe even Nashville sale the sox

The Sox also announced that dismissal by executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn on Tuesday.


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