Six men are wounded, two critically, after masked gunmen burst into a home on Chicago's South Side and opened fire. The apartment was rented by two black gay men who were hosting a party on Saturday night. Overnight, one party goer text messaged Rod 2.0 and confirmed all victims were black gay men. At least one was from out of town, possibly Atlanta.
The violence happened at the home at 79th and Woodlawn at around 5:30am. Two masked men armed with semiautomatic handguns kicked down the front and back doors and began shooting. "Because the gunmen who kicked in the door and opened fire were masked, we don't have a good description," a police spokesperson says, adding that detectives are canvassing the neighborhood for clues
Neighbors say the apartment frequently hosted loud parties throughout the week and almost every weekend and referred to the building as the "Gay House," adding that police officers were called several times to respond to noise and fights. Sources told Rod 2.0 that some visitors were involved in Chicago's ballroom community.
The victims were aged 19 and 35 and none lived in the home. Two are critically injured with gunshot wounds to the chest. The four others have various wounds and are expected to survive, according to our source. So far, police have not labeled this a hate crime because the gunmen "did not utter slurs or have any verbal exchange with people at the party." No word yet was robbery a motive
One young man told a television reporter that he and his friends resented the flamboyant mannerisms and conversations by some visitors to the apartment. "This is a normal neighborhood," the young man told CLTV News."It was a matter of time before something like this happened."
As another former Chicagoan notes, it's ironic that someone would consider breaking and entering, masked gunmen and random gunfire ... the trademarks of a "normal neighborhood."
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