A bouncer at a Northwest Side bar has died after being hit by a bullet fired through a window, the only fatality among the 35 people wounded by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend.
The 51-year-old man, whom officials have not yet publicly identified, was working at Brudder’s Bar & Grill at 3600 N. Pulaski Road when someone outside fired shots around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, police said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Oak Lawn and pronounced dead the next day, police said.
The morning after the shooting, black tape covered a bullet hole through the bar’s front window. Across the street, a single ribbon of red police tape was draped across a gray van with two of its passenger side windows shattered.
Tina Anaya, who lives near the bar, heard three or four shots while she was at home.
“It was a little scary because I was wondering where they came from because it happened so close,” she said.
“There have been fights before,” said Anaya, who has lived about a block from the bar since August. “I can hear people yelling outside. I have two other bars that are close to me, where I live, but you can tell when people are leaving, with all the noise. The crowd is very young.”
The gunshots also woke up Adam Ali, who lives a few houses west of the bar. “It’s usually fine, but at (midnight) or later it gets rowdy,” Ali said.
Shootings in Chicago are up nearly 75 percent over the same period in 2015, according to data kept by the Tribune. Homicides are more than 60 percent higher.
The shootings over the weekend ranged from the Northwest Side to the Far South Side, where a domestic dispute left a 27-year-old man in critical condition.
A 17-year-old girl also was in critical condition after a shooting in West Garfield Park early Saturday, police said. A brown vehicle with several people inside began to follow the Nissan she was in. Someone in the brown vehicle opened fire and she was shot in the back of the head, police said.
Nine people were shot from 4 p.m. Friday to early Saturday in the city; 14 people were shot from late Saturday morning to early Sunday; and 12 people were shot from midday Sunday to early Monday.
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