Man Fatally Shot Inside Hotel Lobby Near McCormick Place

The victim was trying to deescalate a fight when he was shot and killed, the family told Andrew Holmes with Crisis Intervention

Police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place inside the lobby of a four-star hotel near McCormick Place on Chicago's Near South Side.

The shooting occurred around 2:20 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, located at 2233 S. King Dr.

Several men were involved in a "disturbance" in the lobby of the hotel, according to authorities. One man pulled out a handgun and opened fire. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The victim was identified at 25-year-old Courtney Taylor, according to the Cook County Medical examiner’s office.

Taylor was at an event at the hotel and was trying to deescalate the fight when he was shot and killed, the family told Andrew Holmes with Crisis Intervention.

“It's very tough on the mother and the mother of his child to have talked to him yesterday and all of a sudden they have to come here to identify him,” said Holmes while at the medical examiner’s office with Taylor’s family.

Police have not made any arrests as of Saturday afternoon. However, Holmes expressed confidence that surveillance cameras in the hotel’s lobby captured Taylor’s killer.

“I'm 100 percent for sure with the technology they have in that area that this individual did cross a number of video surveillance,” said Holmes.

An anonymous person is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to Holmes. Anyone who might have information is urged to call (800) 88-5587

Hotel managers released a statement after the fatal shooting, writing "At Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the safety and security of guests and associates is a top priority. This appears to be an isolated incident, however the hotel is taking all appropriate precautions in an effort to ensure that guests and hotel associates remain in a safe environment. We also want to extend our sympathies to the family of the deceased. The hotel is cooperating with the authorities on their investigation, and inquiries should be directed to the Chicago Police Department."

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