Thursday, September 28, 2023 2:14PM
CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police responded to a report of a break-in at a shelter holding migrants on the South Side Thursday morning.
Officers responded at about 2:15 a.m. to the Gage Park Field House in the 2400-block of West 55th Street.
A 37-year-old victim told police someone holding a gun broke into the building. The victim said when the person was confronted, they fled on foot in an unknown direction.
No injuries were reported and no one is in custody, police said. Area One detectives are investigating.
Alderman Ray Lopez said in a statement, “Early Thursday morning an unknown individual gained entry to the Gage Park field house facility, entering the women’s dormitory. The intruder did not directly contact any of the residents. He fled and the matter was reported to the Chicago Police. District 008 responded but was unable to locate anyone matching the intruder’s description.
“I have been in constant communication with the Johnson Administration and the local police commander regarding this issue. We will review how such a breach of the premises was possible and what steps need to be taken to ensure this remains a singular event.
“I have conveyed to Mayor Brandon Johnson that the safety of the migrant asylum-seekers and the surrounding community must be our utmost priority. I have asked our partners to hold shelter management and private security agencies to drill this philosophy deep into their daily mission. A breach of this caliber could have ended in a much worse scenario. Thankfully, that is not the case today.
“Police, agencies, and delegate partners will be on deck today for a premises security check “
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