Man shot outside Apparel Center during early morning commute

Man shot outside Apparel Center during early morning commute

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 47-year-old man walking to work Wednesday morning suffered a graze wound to the head in a shooting in a dock area outside the Apparel Center in the River North neighborhood.

The shooting happened shortly before 6 a.m. in a dock area behind the 350 West Mart Center building, formerly known as the Apparel Center, across the street from the East Bank Club at 500 N. Kingsbury St.

The man was walking from a parking lot to work nearby, and about to enter his workplace, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said. He was approached by a man wearing dark clothing who opened fire on him.

The victim heard a loud noise and felt pain, realizing he'd been shot, according to police. He saw the gunman flee west over a bridge and then north, Mirabelli said.

The 47-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the head, but held up a thumb as paramedics rushed him into an ambulance headed for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, authorities said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

There was no indication, at least according in preliminary reports, that the man had been robbed, Mirabelli said.

Several witnesses said they heard two shots fired in short succession and then saw a masked man, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and dark cargo pants, run west over the Kinzie Street bridge.

"It just seemed like a random shooting," said Bill Fishback, who was walking towards the building when he witnessed the shooting. "I was coming up the sidewalk when I heard gunshots and saw a guy fall to the ground."

The shooting occurred as several construction workers were arriving to the building to begin their morning shifts.

"We has just finished smoking a cigarette when we came inside. Then we heard two shots," said Tim Carmody, who works at a construction site in the building. "The (building) guard turned to us and said, ‘You guys hear fireworks?' "

A spokesman for Shorenstein Properties said building management would likely communicate with tenants about access issues and anything else that might affect day-to-day business, but said he didn't think management was in any position to be making a statement about the incident. He referred inquiries about building safety and security to Chicago Police.

The 350 West Mart Center building is home to the Chicago Sun-Times, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art -- Chicago, Ogilvy & Mather, GETCO, and Ronin Capital. It is owned and operated by Shorenstein Properties.

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