Daniel Cater, the new driver of Fortune Fish & Gourmet, was about to turn off Milwaukee Avenue in West Town when he saw two people hanging out of a car shooting at another car.
Two bullets hit the top of his truck, inches from his head, and another bullet hit the wheel during a gunshot wound by speeding an hour-long drive on Wednesday afternoon.
“I saw it happen, I knew it was a shot,” Cater said. “To my surprise, it was a death knell. Honestly … I would be dead right now. I don’t feel anything. ”
The front row was injured, one seriously, in a shooting that started from Hubbard to Great Street in Milwaukee around 4:45 p.m., officials said.
A fifth person, possibly a suspect, was also shot but others involved in the shooting managed to escape, screaming at other drivers to get out of their way as people in dove roads to block or run into buildings.
A 29-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a critical condition, police said.
A 30-year-old woman and two men, 25 and 48, were taken to the same hospital in good condition, police said.
A 27-year-old man was beaten on the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.
One of those killed was “suspected,” Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott told reporters at the scene.
Crystal Wilson, a driver-sharing driver, said a passenger in his blue Kia was shot as gunmen ran through the middle of the road.
“I thought the noise was the same as other fireworks. And he said, ‘No, I was shot,’ ”said Wilson. “The men were hanging out of the window shooting. I was trying to make sure I didn’t hit someone else’s car and …
Wilson stopped and called 9-1-1 when a woman came to help.
“I have a headache, I was shocked,” said Wilson, waiting for the police to inspect his car. “I live in Indiana so I don’t want to just leave my car.”
Dancello Bennett and Harry McGraw were on their way to catch a bite when they heard gunshots. McGraw fell to the ground when Bennett tried to run inside the building.
“We have a real office on the street. Just catch the afternoon and [then] It’s like a gun battle, like shooting in the streets, ”said Bennett. “The gate.”
McGraw said it looked like a gun from an SUV shooting at a car in front of them. He thought he heard 20 to 30 shots in 10 seconds.
“It was unbelievable to know that these guys are willing to risk their lives among other people, just careless driving, shooting carelessly,” McGraw said. “So we have to pray for Chicago, we want better for Chicago.”
Michelle Peterson, of Lake View, was drinking at Clover’s patio, 722 W. Grand Ave., with a friend when she heard what she thought were fireworks.
“By the time we heard about it, it was too late to do anything about it. Two people were shot there, ”Peterson said. “At noon, in the middle of a crowded place.”