Guaranteed Rate Field, the venue for Friday night's White Sox baseball game, turned into a scene of alarm and anxiety as two women were injured in a shooting incident.
In an unexpected turn of events during the game, a 42-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to her leg, while a 26-year-old woman suffered a graze wound to her abdomen.
According to the Chicago Police, the elder of the two victims was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and is reported to be in fair condition. In a surprising move, the 26-year-old woman declined medical attention, as stated in the official police report.
Even as the aftermath of the incident still lingers, Chicago police emphasize that the details provided are preliminary. Investigations are underway to discern the exact sequence of events. A police statement reflected the swift response of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to the incident: "Upon receiving notification of this incident, CPD responded immediately and deployed additional resources while coordinating with White Sox security to maintain the safety of those who were in attendance or working at the game." They were quick to reassure the public, adding, "At no time was it believed there was an active threat." A major point of contention in the ongoing investigation is the origin of the gunfire.
The White Sox administration is currently unsure if the shots were fired from within the ballpark or from outside its perimeter. Offering further clarity on the issue, the team's statement read: "While the police continue to investigate, White Sox security confirms that this incident did not involve an altercation of any kind." Expressing their concern and sympathy, the White Sox organization released the statement: “Two fans attending Friday’s game suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by bullets,” the statement read. “It is unclear to investigators whether the shots were fired from outside or inside the ballpark.
The incident continues to be investigated by Area One detectives from the Chicago Police Department. While the police continue to investigate, White Sox security confirms that this incident did not involve an altercation of any kind.
“The White Sox are thinking of the victims at this time and wishing them a speedy recovery”. Major League Baseball, while not shedding further light on the incident, affirmed their active communication with both the White Sox and the Chicago police.
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