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Shots Fired At William Calloway’s Campaign Office: ‘Violence Like This Is One Of The Many Reasons I’m Running’

Calloway, who is running against Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), said someone in a passing car fired four or five shots at the building.

Activist William Calloway.
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SOUTH SHORE — Bullet holes pierced the window of 5th Ward aldermanic candidate William Calloway’s campaign headquarters Monday afternoon, startling Calloway and his staff. No one was hurt.

Calloway’s Facebook Live feed shows the candidate outside of his office, 2030 E. 71st St., at about 2 p.m. asking police officers nearby to help him. One could be heard telling Calloway that they’d “be right back.” Eventually officers return to write the report.

“No one’s come to see if we’re hurt or anything. We’ve got women in here,” Calloway told Facebook Live viewers as he assessed the damage outside. “We were just standing in this window. My people are always standing in this window.”

Calloway, an activist who helped force the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, can be seen on the video requesting a squad car be stationed outside the office for safety.

The candidate said he believes that someone in a passing car fired four or five shots at the building.

“No one has ever shot at my office before. This is my neighborhood,” Calloway told his viewers.

One of the bullets was lodged in a ceiling fixture, the other in a beam.

Soon after, Calloway took to Twitter to issue a statement:

Earlier this afternoon, my campaign office was shot into. I want to say that I forgive whoever did the shooting and urge everyone to put the guns down. Violence like this is one of the many reasons I’m running to create real change in the neighborhood.— William Calloway (@Callowayfor5) March 25, 2019

There is no one in custody and no description of the offenders, but the incident is under investigation, a Chicago Police spokesperson said.

Calloway will be facing incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston as she seeks a sixth term in the April 2 runoff.

The 5th Ward includes all or parts of Hyde Park, South Shore, Greater Grand Crossing, Woodlawn and Jackson Park Highlands.