South Side Chase, Shooting Results In Bus Crash

UPDATED 03/29/11 4:04 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Eleven people were hurt Tuesday morning when a car slammed into a CTA bus while fleeing from a group of men who were shooting at the car while chasing it in two other vehicles.

No one was shot, although 11 people were hurt as a result of the crash.

Chicago police confirmed a Chicago Transit Authority bus carrying nine people was involved in a crash at 75th Street and Vincennes Avenue around 9:30 a.m.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

A black Dodge Intrepid T-boned the bus, sending it straight into a light pole. The pole and the Chicago police pod camera on top of it come crashing to the ground.

One witness, Mark, who works in a currency exchange near 75th and Vincennes, told Newsradio 780 that a small black car with two people inside, came careening around the corner.

“I saw a black, small, two-passenger vehicle car come whipping around the corner from the north, traveling southbound on Vincennes, and it was clearly trying to get away from the gunshots,” he said.

As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, the car ran a red light plowed into the bus, pushing it across the intersection into a vacant lot.

“It hit the CTA bus so hard, it sent him clear across the intersection, knocking over a light pole, and sent the CTA bus into a vacant lot, stopping on the other end of a vacant lot,” Mark said.

The driver of the car ran away from the scene, apparently fleeing from two other vehicles that were chasing him, while someone fired an assault weapon.

Sources said two different vehicles were chasing the Intrepid down Vincennes. Three men in a gold Chevy Malibu and a man in a burgundy Dodge Durango were swerving through traffic while shooting at the Intrepid. Sources said the person in the Durango was firing an assault rifle.

Eyewitness David Lyons said bystanders ducked for cover as shots rang out.

“We all hear gunshots firing, everybody just scattered, like roaches,” Lyons said.

Witness Keith Johnson said, “We just see a whole bunch of gunshots going off, pow, pow pow! They’re firing.”

Police officials could not confirm what type of weapon was fired and said they had not yet determined a motive for the shooting as of Tuesday afternoon.

Wentworth Area Deputy Chief Eddie Welch said, “Right now, at this time, it just appears to have been a shootout that resulted in a traffic crash.”

While the men were shooting at the Intrepid, one of their bullets hit Mahogony Meyers driver’s side window, while she was driving. Meyers had just finished breakfast at a nearby restaurant.

“I heard shooting so I hurried and ducked and after I ducked, glass just went everywhere,” Meyers said. The glass shattered “all over my back, my hair, everything.”

“I’m blessed,” she added.

Several parked cars were hit by gunfire as well.

Bishop Chester McLaurin’s car was one of them.

“God’s got to do something to get these young men something to do in the daytime and away from all of this violence. It’s ridiculous,” said McLaurin, pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church.

Fire officials said 11 people were taken to hospitals, while three more refused medical treatment. Their conditions ranged from good to serious, and they were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, and Advocate Trinity Hospital.

None of the injuries was life-threatening, fire officials said.

Police said they’ll be talking to the three men that were in the Intrepid to find out what led to the shootout. No one was in custody for the shooting as of 2 p.m.

  • Brenna Ruiz

    National Guard anyone?

    • MIC- Speak UP

      Its not a bad idea and neither is 24 hour monitored surveillance. Incidents like this futher let us know that government action is necessary

  • Bbysstr

    c’mon dan &&rick. Crime happens in your neighborhoods also, the thing about it is you guys just make a big thing about it when it’s in the african american communities. What about the lady that ate pizza after her &&her boyfriend/baby daddy beat the baby to death after he soiled his pants, HUH? that was WHITE crime!!!! So crime happens everywhere, NOT just in african american communities!!!!!

    • Jamall

      Most violent crime is commited by black African negros. Others commit crimes, but not even near as much as those blackies.

  • collegestudent

    I agree with Bbysstr’s comment. The media only want to focus on black on black crime. We are not the only race that commit crimes. I hate when the media only focus on the crimes committed by black people. What about all the great contributions we do in our community?

    • Ned

      HaHaHaHaHaHa, yeah right.

  • Chivi

    Let’s not forget John Gacey and Jeffrey Daumer, etc. The bad guys come in all colors.

  • Gabe

    I love what collegestudent asked what about the great contibutions in the hood . What has anyone done in the community? Diddly squat. That’s what. You people don’t care about anything except for the first of the month. What are you so proud of????

  • concern citizen

    ANOTHER SAD DAY once again chicago made it again in national
    best way to stop all the violence’s.let the family control their on kids without any DCFS involvement .so parents does not have to worry about going to jail for child abuse. i was raised the old school don’t behave you get punish.
    forget about mentioning a days all kids are growing up for lack of disciplines.disciplines has to come from home and parenting.

  • Melanie

    Well my family has lived in Englewood since I was six months old, I am now a 34 yr old mom of 3 who still lives in the Englewood community and I see and hear alot of things that are ridiculous, but I am a successful women who has never been in trouble, neither have my children and I have two teenagers, all of them excel in school, reading is above average math is above average and their testing is always way above average and my 1st grader reads at a 6 grade level…So ALL BLACK PEOPLE/THE ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY are not dumb, ignorant, violent..BUT I’ve seen Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos and Sixteen and Pregnant and not to mention all white kids that complete druggies by the time they’re 12, I’m talking they’re doing stuff I’ve never heard of in my life there’s alot more of your kind that are messed up than you would like to admit….check your race out…..LMAO

  • MIC- Speak UP

    This is sad. Chicago is not the wild-wild west. Why is there a shoot out in the morning in traffic? This is reckless and irresponsible. The people involved are reckless and ignorant. I understand fleeing for your life, but I cannot understand the ignorance and sheer disregard for life that led individuals to believe a daytime shoot out was worth the life of anyone who happened to be out, (ie the lady finishing breakfast, people on the CTA bus, someone crossing the street). Is this what we have become?

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