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Security guard wounded in shootout near UIC questions why charges haven’t been filed

CHICAGO — A safety guard who was amongst 4 individuals wounded in a shootout in University Village is questioning why charges haven’t filed in the capturing.

The capturing occurred round 10:45 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of West 14th Street. Police stated officers responded to the scene and located a number of individuals shot.

Further police investigation revealed a 21-year-old man and a 23-year-old man had been exchanging gunfire with a 19-year-old man.

According to police, a 37-year-old safety officer, later recognized as Berrie McCormick, who was on the premises drew his weapon and discharged it at one of many males who was capturing in his course. McCormick was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the pinnacle.

He was transported to the University of Illinois Medical Center in good situation.

The 19-year-old was shot a number of instances in the chest and transported to Stroger Hospital in vital situation. The 21-year-old was shot in the thigh and transported to Stroger Hospital in good situation. The 23-year-old was shot in the thigh and knee and was additionally transported to Stroger in good situation.

According to a state’s lawyer’s office official who spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times, it’s removed from clear what occurred that evening although—and there’s a risk two unarmed males might have been shot.

The official advised the Sun-Times a video of the incident reveals a gaggle of males on the road, however they look like unarmed and strolling towards a automobile in so much when gunfire erupted they usually scatter for cover.

McCormick “most likely heard the gunshots and observed [the group] running through the lot,” the official advised the Sun-Times, including that McCormick “mistakenly believed they had just fired at him.”

Police nonetheless sought to cost the 2 males who had been wounded in the incident, however the state’s lawyer’s office rejected the charges, citing the video as the rationale behind the rejection.

“The theory is that there was someone else lying in wait who fired upon them [the group of men], and they are running for cover when the security guard sees them and starts shooting towards them,” the official advised the Sun-Times.

Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s lawyer’s office, stated in a press release, “After a thorough review of the information presented to us by police, we concluded that the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to file charges at this time and the police agreed with this decision.”

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McCormick, an Afghanistan battle veteran, stated he’s nonetheless processing what occurred to him.

“I wasn’t ever injured in combat, but I’m injured here [and] it’s a little shocking,” McCormick stated. “But at the end of the day, I’m alive. God was by my side because it could have went a different way.”

The three males shot in the incident are in custody and a number of weapons had been recovered, however no charges had been filed.

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