Every year the Lollapalooza festival fills the city with young life. Now the oldest and one of the best music festivals in the United States, looking down from any of the nearby buildings it makes Grant Park look almost as if it's boiling with energy.
Young people flock to Chicago on Lollapalooza weekend yearning for new experiences. It's often their first adventure with their friends toward becoming a part of something bigger for the first time, and yet, somewhere in that sea of people, it's often the place they begin to discover more about themselves as an individual. For some it may be the place where they realize they're just not quite ready to be on their own while to others it will be the place they find the confidence to finally take the next step toward adulthood. And others still...well...some just want to get fucked up.
And sure, it'll take the Department of Streets and Sans days to wash the regrets off of Balbo and Columbus Drive, and those of us with experience know there will be countless leftover regrets that'll linger in the air and follow them their whole life but hey, we were young once. Sooner or later, we all have to learn the moments are fleeting but the memories are forever.
The below are NOT their stories. If we had to outline every incident of stupidity at Lollapalooza our servers would explode and, quite frankly, we can't afford that.
No, the stories below are the stories of the people who were shot and/or shot and killed around the rest of the city while little Jack and Jill were learning that drugs, alcohol, the hot sun, and extraordinary masses of people do not mix well together.
We'll continue to highlight more we find throughout the day.
As always, while we have no affiliation, all crime stats used by the Chicago Journal can be found at HeyJackass.com.
NOTE: While Lollapalooza occurs for four days, from Thursday through Sunday, since this was not a holiday weekend all the statistics are taken from a normal weekend accumulation, from Friday, July 29 @ noon through Monday, August 1 @ 6:00 a.m.
But first, welcome to Chicago:
The first notable incident was one we highlighted about a woman catching a group breaking into her car in Hyde Park. Someone in the group threatened the woman with a gun and the woman, a concealed carry licensee herself, pulled her own gun and shot one of the offenders in the group trying to break into her car. That offender was 13-years-old. You can read more here:
A woman caught a group breaking into her car last night in Hyde Park and they threatened her with a gun. The victim, a valid CCL holder who had her own weapon with her, fired a shot that wounded a 13-year-old male in the group.#ChicagoScanner #Chicago https://t.co/9rA4dhd8Uq— Chicago Journal (@chicagojournal) July 30, 2022
Also, a Friday night shooting interrupted a woman's dinner reservations:
There’s a woman on scene who was expecting to eat at the restaurant who’s really upset that police are investigating a shooting at said restaurant. When staff and police told her a similar restaurant was nearby she exclaimed “they aren’t good”. #Chicago #ChicagoScanner— Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere (@TylerLaRiviere) July 30, 2022
The first homicide of the weekend did not occur until around 1:10 a.m. on Saturday in the 2000 block of W. 87th Street in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the city's west side.
Two males and one female victim were driving on the above block when a black sedan approached them at a stop light. Police said two unknown offenders then fired approximately forty rounds into the vehicle striking all three victims.
- Victim #1: 31-year-old male was shot in the head. Pronounced dead.
- Victim #2: 25-year-old female who was shot multiple times throughout the body. Critical condition.
- Victim #3: 22-year-old male also with multiple gunshot wounds to the torso area. Critical condition.
The next video went quite viral as a Lollapalooza festival go-er helped apprehend a man on Michigan Avenue:
CWBChicago has more on the background of this particularly noteworthy offender:
It's hard to imagine a story that better summarizes the state of law enforcement in Chicago.— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) July 31, 2022
There's a murder, electronic monitoring, CPD Supt. David Brown, an acquittal, a gun, pot, Lollapalooza, a viral video, and questionable decisions by prosecutors.https://t.co/RGEfihebAN
The second homicide came just a short time later, around 1:40 a.m. in 1800 block of N. Milwaukee in Logan Square.
Police said a 31-year-old male was shot dead in a drive-by shooting. You can read more at CWBChicago:
A drive-by shooting left a 31-year-old man dead on Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown overnight. More than 30 rounds were fired. https://t.co/y624aURbJZ— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) July 30, 2022
Around 11:40 a.m. on Saturday, Illinois State Police were called to the Bishop Ford Freeway near 130th Street in response to a shooting. Upon arrival, ISP found a 27-year-old male in a vehicle crashed on the road. First-responders rushed the man to a local hospital but he died from his injuries. In the initial investigation, it was unclear if the man died as a result of injury from the shooting or the car accident. Or both.
Let's take a brief moment to check in on Lolla...
#ChicagoScanner #Lolla #Lollapalooza #Lolla2022 #LollaPalooza2022— WindyCity Weather and News (@WindyCityWxMan) July 30, 2022
They’ve successfully breached the outer perimeter
Balbo east of Michigan
More are hiding in the trees near Jackson by a black van
#ChicagoScanner #Lolla #Lollapalooza #Lolla2022 #LollaPalooza2022— WindyCity Weather and News (@WindyCityWxMan) July 31, 2022
Butler Field, Grant Park near Monroe, at the “comfort tent” by Bar20
Need a couple bikes to respond
A male in the tent highly intoxicated threatening to “kill everyone there”
Why let only those in Grant Park have all the fun?
Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, two people were in a vehicle stopped at a red light on the 4700 block of S. Kedzie in the Brighton Park area when shots were fired into their car from an unknown person or from an unknown person in another vehicle. A 16-year-old male, believed to be the driver of the vehicle, was struck to the head by the gunfire and continued driving for approximately one block before he lost abilities and crashed into a tree. The teenager was taken to Mount Sinai where he died from his injury. A 19-year-old female was also in the car and taken in good condition to St. Anthony's with a graze wound to the head.
Not long after, around 2:52 a.m. in the 13100 block of S. Ellis in the Riverdale area, two victims were standing in a parking lot when shots were fired. The Chicago Fire Department took 21-year-old male to Christ Hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He later died from his injuries. A 25-year-old male was also taken to University of Chicago Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the right arm.
Just before 6:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, an unidentified man (John Doe) was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the body near an alley on the 6900 block of S. Talman in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. The victim was pronounced dead on scene.
Quick aside, threatening a flight crew at Midway Airport because you lost your wallet is not a good idea:
#ChicagoScanner #Chicago— WindyCity Weather and News (@WindyCityWxMan) August 1, 2022
Male in a green shirt and khaki shorts lost his wallet and is refusing to let the flight crew board and says no one is getting on the plane until he finds it
The final homicide of the weekend (for now), happened around 10:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of W. 83rd Street. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.
Police said a 43-year-old male victim was in a vehicle traveling westbound when an unknown offender began to fired shots in his direction. The vehicle came to a stop and the victim was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was taken to Christ Hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition but later died from his injuries.
High speed one car crash into Pete’s Market 58 and Pulaski. Occupants fled scene. pic.twitter.com/nHOckLVCJK— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) August 1, 2022
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