A month after two women were hit by gunfire while sitting in the bleachers during a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, the shooting remains unsolved, according to sources. The incident, which shocked the city and garnered national attention, is believed to be one of the few instances of a fan being shot inside a Major League Baseball ballpark. Investigators are considering the possibility that the woman with more severe injuries may have brought a gun into the stadium, which later discharged while she was in the left field bleachers, as per police sources. However, the woman has not been cooperative with the Chicago Police Department’s investigation.
The woman sustained injuries to her inner thigh and calf, resembling the firing of a pistol accidentally discharging in someone’s pocket, according to a high-ranking police source. The source described the idea that the shot came from outside the stadium as highly unlikely. The woman’s attorney, John Malm, has denied any responsibility on behalf of his client, stating that her injuries were not self-inflicted or the result of accidentally discharging a firearm. The investigation is expected to be protracted with limited avenues for determining what occurred.
The Chicago Police Department and White Sox officials have offered differing explanations regarding the origin of the bullets. Outgoing interim police Superintendent Fred Waller stated that the possibility of the shots coming from outside the stadium had been nearly ruled out. On the other hand, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf expressed doubt that a gun could have been brought into Guaranteed Rate Field. The investigation remains open and ongoing, according to a CPD spokesman.
The incident raises questions about why the game was allowed to continue after the shooting occurred. While Section 161, where the women were seated, was evacuated, play on the field continued. The scheduled postgame concert featuring Vanilla Ice was canceled. The two women, aged 42 and 26, suffered gunshot wounds during the fourth inning of the game between the White Sox and the Oakland A’s. The older woman, a season ticket holder, was shot in the right leg, while the younger woman, a Chicago Public Schools teacher, suffered a graze wound to her abdomen.
Police are reviewing security camera footage to determine the direction of the investigation. The woman who was shot has a valid firearm owner’s identification card, according to a CPD incident report.