A television crew from Fox 32 was caught completely off guard in Chicago when a man walked into the back of a reporter’s live report and pointed what appeared to be a small gun at the cameraman.
This tragic incident occurred on May 25, Wednesday, during a live report from the “Good Day Chicago” segment in which reporter Joanie Lum spoke about the meteoric rise in gun violence in Chicago.
It happened on the air at the corner of Clark and Hubbard in the middle of Lum’s reporting. The man came very close to the camera frame and pointed his gun at the camera, appearing on the camera frame for a few seconds and immediately disappeared down the street.
Unidentified man points gun at Fox 32 crew reporting gun violence
Good Day Chicago anchor Anita Padilla tweeted, writing, “It happened to @JoanieLum and her photographer at 7:06am. The gun was a foot away from her head as she pointed at the camera or the cameraman Gary She’s understandably shaken up Thank God she’s fine.
It happened to @JoanieLum and his photographer at 7:06. The gun was within a foot of his head as he aimed the camera or cameraman Gary. She is naturally shaken. Thank god she’s fine.
— ANITA PADILLA FOX 32 (@AnitaPadilla32) May 25, 2022
Lum is an award-winning reporter for Fox 32, affiliated with the Fox Broadcasting Company, who reported on a segment for Good Day Chicago that day, saying gun violence has increased 66% from 2019 to 2021.
You can watch the full video here:
Fox Network Statement
Natalie Bomke, the studio presenter who explained the incident, said: “Police are currently calling this man a person of interest, charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. If you have any information who he is or where he is, please contact the Chicago Police Department.
Bomke added: “Our reporter and our photographer were not injured. And we want to say thank you to the viewers who were watching “Good Day Chicago” and calling or emailing to make sure our team was okay.
There were no reported casualties or injuries in this incident. Joanie Lum expressed her gratitude to all “Good Day Chicago” viewers who called and emailed the network to make sure everything was okay.
Crime rate in Chicago
According to the latest data released by the city in May, murders were down 6% while shootings were up 13% from a year ago. However, killing and shooting incidents are much higher than what was reported during the period between 2018 and 2020.
Measures initiated by the mayor of Chicago
Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, decided to tackle this exponential growth in gun violence head-on by recently announcing new limitations for minors. He announced measures like a 10 p.m. curfew for minors citywide and a 6 p.m. curfew in all public parks unless accompanied by an adult.
The incident is the latest this month after Tuesday’s horrific shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 children and 2 teachers, and a recent shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo.
The Chicago Police Department has asked for the community’s help in identifying and uncovering details of the person they are now calling “a person of interest.”
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