CHICAGO, IL – Perfectly illustrating the high degree of danger posed by rampant crime in the windy city, an unidentified man walked past a FOX 32 news crew in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday while they were filming a live segment on gun violence and pointed what appeared to be a firearm directly at the reporter and cameraman.
Chicago police are asking for residents to help and identify the suspect in the incident, which took place in the city’s River North neighborhood. Reporter Joanie Lum was in the middle of a live segment as a black male darted past her in the background, purportedly pointing a pistol at the camera; Lum was initially unaware of the actions of the passer-by, who proceeded around the corner, seemingly dancing along while waving the gun around on-camera.
Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect – who is considered a “person of interest” and is wanted for aggravated assault with a firearm – is urged to contact Chicago police at 312-744-8261.
Chicago has been overrun with gun violence recently with a wave of shootings involving teenagers taking place, including the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Seandell Holliday in the city’s Millennium Park earlier in May; around that time, three other teens were also shot in a 12-hour period of time, one fatally.
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Police report that murders in Chicago are currently down 6 percent and shootings 13 percent; however, confirmed that these incidents are still taking place at much higher rates than during 2018 through 2020.
In an effort to curb gun violence in her city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has instituted a 10 p.m. curfew upon minors on weekends – and a 6 p.m. curfew in parks upon minors not accompanied by an adult – saying “We have to end this pipeline of young people to the graveyard.”