Chicago shooting not homophobic

Posted on 04 Jan 2007 at 7:22pm
By Staff and Wire Reports

Quarrel at party left 6 men injured

Tom Tunney, an openly gay alderman in Chicago, has said that the shootings of six men at a gay party there last weekend appears not to have been motivated by homophobia, according to reports published Thursday, Jan. 4 by 365Gay.com.

Tunney on Thursday told radio station WBBM that he had met with investigators and was told the shootings may have started as a quarrel between people attending the party.

Tunney said investigators believe the shooters had been kicked out of the party and returned with guns and opened fire.

A police spokesperson declined to confirm Tunney’s conversation with officers involved, saying that the case remains an ongoing investigation, 365Gay.com reported.

According to police, the shooting happened early Sunday morning, Dec. 31, when two masked men burst into an apartment in the house, hitting six men with shots from an automatic weapon.

None of the victims received life-threatening injuries and all but two had been released from hospital by Thursday, the news site reported.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, January 5, 2007.

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