NEAR NORTH — One man was killed and another was seriously wounded after a shooting outside a Near North nightclub early Sunday morning.
Police said officers were on patrol near the 800 block of North Orleans Street about 3 a.m. when they heard shots fired. On their way to investigate, they observed a man running from the scene and pursued him, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police Department spokeswoman.
Sedevic said police fired at the man "in fear for their lives," but it was unclear if he fired at police or if he was wounded. Police suspect the man of shooting at least two people.
When police arrived at the scene, outside the nightclub Bodi, 873 N. Orleans St., they found a 32-year-old man who had been fatally shot in the stomach. The man, identified as Martrell Ross of the 300 block of South Mozart Street, was pronounced dead on the scene at 4:15 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.
Another man, 21, also was shot in the stomach. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition, Sedevic said.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the police officers' actions.
Rapper Nas was due to appear at Bodi Saturday night, after performing at Lollapalooza.
Brice Kuniz and his girlfriend, Kristen Beste, said they often hear commotion outside their apartment, which is near clubs including Bodi and SoundBar.
"It's all in our alley all the time; people are like calling and fighting, and you never know if it's serious or just someone who's really drunk and unable to properly express what's wrong or what they need, so that's always a little concerning," said Beste, adding this shooting was very different for the area. "This is to the extreme where somebody acted out in a way that's overly violent."
The two were waiting to retrieve their car from a several blocks-long area police had taped off after the shooting. Kuniz parks in the area regularly, which he said made the crime scene a bit more eerie.
"I work out in Orland Park, and I come home at night at 11:30 or 11 o'clock some nights, and I park around here and walk home. I could be stuck in the middle of this one day. It doesn't sit very well," Kuniz said.
He said the violence in the area isn't very surprising.
"It seems like it happens every other weekend. It seems like something is always going on something like this — maybe not to this scale, but it always seems like something is going on," he said.
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