CHICAGO — A man shot two unleashed dogs Tuesday afternoon in Lakeview, leading to a SWAT team going to the neighborhood.
At 1:44 p.m., a woman was in the alley in the 1000 block of West Oakdale Avenue with the dogs, who did not have leashes, when a 53-year-old man came into the alley from a nearby home, police said.
The dogs went toward the man; as he moved away, the dogs “advance[d] toward him in an aggressive manner,” police said. The man feared for his safety and shot the dogs, police said.
The dogs were taken to veterinary clinics, where one died from its injuries, police said.
The man has a concealed carry license and firearm owner’s identification card, police said. No one has been charged or cited in the incident.
No further information was available from police.
A SWAT team was called to the area, with officers remaining there for hours.
The man cooperated with the SWAT team, but the idea that there was a standoff worried neighbors, according to CBS2. Nearby Harriet Tubman Elementary, 2851 N. Seminary Ave., was temporarily placed on lockdown, according to CBS2.
A woman who heard the shots and ran to help the wounded dogs told CBS2 they were not aggressive. One bit her because it was scared and hurt, she said.
Dogs are not allowed to be off-leash in Chicago, and people walking their dogs without leashes has become a contentious issue in some neighborhoods.