‘We Could Have Had Our Own Mini Massacre': Alderman Says Semi-Automatic Weapon Believed to be Behind South Side Shooting

The shooting came just days after a mass shooting in Orlando

When dozens of gunshots rang out on a Chicago block in a matter of seconds, Alderman Raymond Lopez says he feared the worst.

“We heard 40 shots ring out from what I believe was a semi-automatic weapon of some caliber,” he said.

Lopez had been in the area around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 4300 block of South Marshfield when he heard the gunfire erupt. While Lopez noted that shootings aren’t unusual in the South Side neighborhood, coming just days after the mass shooting in Orlando, he said he feared for what he would find when the firing ended.

“We could have had our own mini massacre right here in Chicago,” he said.

The gunfire sent bullets flying through windows and walls of homes on the block, but miraculously no injuries were reported.

“It was like non-stop shooting,” said witness Ana Herrera. “When the shooting stops I am going to go out there and I’m going to find out if somebody is lying dead on the ground."

Augstina Herrera, Ana Herrera’s mother, told Telemundo Chicago she was sitting on the couch and stood up just second before the gunfire pierced her home. 

“If I didn’t stand up, the bullet would have struck me in the head,” she said. 

Lopez said authorities are investigating the shooting. 

“We are looking to see if there are some connections with some of the other gang violence that involve a similar style weapon,” he said.

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