An Uber driver’s dash camera recorded a wild shootout that took place in the middle of Chicago last Thursday- and the media has been largely silent about the incident.
The driver, Huber Pereznegron, was running errands with a friend when he found himself at a red light on 87th Street near Lafayette.
As they sat in traffic, the duo suddenly realized they were in the wrong place at the wrong time after the occupants of the vehicle in front of them dismounted and began opening fire on a stopped vehicle.
The assailants’ weapons appeared to be modified for full-automatic fire, a severe federal violation.
“I saw the rifle in his hand, and I really didn’t think it was real,” Pereznegron said, giving an odd statement for someone living in one of America’s most violent cities. “I really thought these guys are going to shoot back and I’m right behind them.”
While Pereznegron and his friend attempted to take cover below the dash, they were mezmerized by the action.
“I ducked, but I waned to see,” he said.
Interestingly, the shooter’s inability to keep the magazine in the weapon likely saved lives.
“I wanted to reverse, but I was kind of trapped,” Pereznegron said. “I really couldn’t go anywhere. I was stuck. He starts shooting and all of the sudden the magazine falls out and he stops shooting, or otherwise it could have been a lot worse.”
A nearby audio sensor designed to detect gunfire picked up the report of the weapons and police were alerted.
Very few news outlets in the local area covered the incident, with CBS 2 being an exception. It is unknown if the lack of coverage is to recent statements and demands by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies to downplay identifying individuals of color when they commit criminal acts.
“Local news reporters have amplified narratives that connect black and brown communities to crime. As a result, we have fostered systemic racism through our crime coverage,” said Kelly McBride, who chairs the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter.
As of Monday, it is not certain if any arrests have been made.
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