4 Shot, 2 Killed on Michigan Ave outside Congress Plaza Hotel

(Sun Times Wire) Two people were killed and two others were wounded early Monday when shooting erupted inside a vehicle traveling downtown on Michigan Avenue, police said.

Five men were inside the car just after midnight as it traveled south in the 500 block of South Michigan, according to Chicago police spokesman Al Stinites.

“Something happened inside the vehicle — we’re not sure what yet — causing shots to be fired inside the vehicle,” Stinites said.

The driver was shot in his shoulder and lost control of the car, police said. He drove into a pole and flipped the car on its roof.

Four people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds, Stinites said. Two of them were pronounced dead shortly after. A fifth person was also taken to a hospital to be “checked out.”

A 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said. He had suffered gunshot wounds to his face.

Another man, whose age wasn’t released, was shot in the head and died at the same hospital, according to police.

Among the wounded were two-29 year-olds who were both shot in their shoulders, police said. Their conditions stabilized at Northwestern and Stroger hospitals.

A 39-year-old who wasn’t shot was taken to Stroger with back and neck pain from the crash, according to police.

Stinites said the shooting was limited to the people inside the car and that no one else was harmed. After the car flipped over, one person suffering gunshot wounds ran from the car into the nearby Congress Plaza Hotel.

“Security found him right away,” Stinites said. Chicago police showed up within minutes and took him into custody.

Two weapons were recovered from the scene, according to Stinites.

Police were unsure who in the car fired the shots and said the victims were giving conflicting accounts of the incident.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details about the fatalities.

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