Wicker Park Loft Shooting

July 11, 2001 - An MTV crew videotaping on the West Side early Tuesday was caught up in a drama when a woman drove up with two shooting victims, one of them dead and the second dying.

The shooting took place at around 12:30 a.m. as the woman and two men were in a car in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant at 1482 N. Milwaukee Av., according to Grand Central Area Detective Richard Cerny. A man climbed out of another vehicle, approached them, and fired several shots into their car.

The 20-year-old woman moved into the driver's seat and drove out of the lot, looking for the police, Cerny said. She saw some officers near Winchester and North avenues, where they were blocking the street so an MTV crew could tape exterior footage for the show "The Real World," according to Shakespeare District Capt. Charles Dulay.

It was rumored that one of the press agents for the show tried to threaten the Sun-Times reporter who covered the crime scene. "If you reveal the location of the house, we'll ban you from all press contact with the show." "Oh, really, ban me from giving you free press?" the reporter wrote in his column, "The house is at 1934 W. North Avenue." Welcome to Chicago. As a result of the address being published in the newspaper, the location of the building was extremely well known.

From: www.abc7news.com

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Updated - August 18, 2006