Crime

published : 2023-08-26

Shooting Interrupts Game at White Sox Ballpark, Leaves Two Women Wounded

The terrifying incident unfurled at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field between the White Sox and the Oakland Athletics, raising security concerns at the stadium.

A wide-angle shot of Guaranteed Rate Field in the midst of a game; crowds cheering on, the players in motion, capturing the initial exuberance in the stadium. Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

During a tense encounter at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field between the White Sox and the Oakland Athletics on Friday night, the crack of the bat was interrupted by a different, more sinister, sound; that of gunshots.

In the throes of the game, two women were gravely injured, sparking scenes of chaos and confusion.

According to Tom Ahern, the Deputy Director of News Affairs and Communications for the Chicago Police Department, a 42-year-old woman was shot in the leg, while another 26-year-old suffered an abdomen graze.

Fortunately, neither injury was life-threatening, with the older victim transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center, in fair condition, and the other woman declining medical treatment.

Meanwhile, spectators were left in shock, their excitement turned into fear.

A subject representing Tom Ahern, the Deputy Director of News Affairs and Communications for the Chicago Police Department, addressing the media - a close-up shot to reflect his seriousness, while subtly hinting at the unfolding chaos in the background. Taken with Nikon D850.

Videos captured some of the patrons making a panicked dash to escape the escalating situation; a stark contrast to those who were anticipating a Vanilla Ice concert due to commence post-game.

However, the evening took another disappointing turn as 'technical issues' led to a cancellation of the eagerly awaited performance.

Adding to the mounting questions was the bafflement about how a weapon was brought into the stadium, given its stringent rules prohibiting any form of weaponry, even pepper spray, despite any permits.

Furthermore, spectators confirmed the presence of metal detectors at the entrances, thereby deepening the mystery about the intrusion of the firearm.

Despite the shooting, the game continued, with the Athletics topping the White Sox 12-4.

A shot from the perspective of a baseball fan seated in the stand, capturing his view of the stadium in the aftermath of the incident; the mixed feeling of shock and confusion among spectators could be palpable. No focus on any single celebrity. Taken with Sony Alpha A7 III.

The White Sox later issued a statement, expressing concern over the wellbeing of the victims and leaving the ongoing investigation to the competent Area One detectives from the Chicago Police Department.

The team ensured the incident was isolated and did not involve any altercation, but the source of the shots remains unclear.

The incident served as a chilling echo in the 21,906-strong crowd, highlighting the vulnerability faced even in locations considered to be secure like stadiums.