01/16/2013 10:24 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2013

Merchandise Mart Shooting: Shots Fired By Masked Man During Morning Commute, 1 Injured

A man was shot in the head early Wednesday morning on a downtown shipping dock across the street from the busy hub of the Merchandise Mart.

Chicago Police said the shooting happened around 6 a.m. in the 300 block of North Orleans Street, according to NBC Chicago, and a 47-year-old suffered a graze wound to the head. The Sun-Times reports the specific scene of the shooting as 350 West Mart Center--the venerable newspaper's very own address. In addition to the Sun-Times, the Holiday Inn, Ogilvy & Mather and Comcast SportsNet Chicago are among the building's other tenants.

Described as a "random" shooting by witnesses, the Sun-Times reports bystanders heard two quick shots fired before they saw a masked man in "a hooded sweatshirt and dark cargo pants" run over the Kinzie Street bridge headed west.

The shooting occurred as many were heading to work on their morning commute. Several area residents and workers who spoke to DNAinfo Chicago seemed relatively unfazed by the crime, acknowledging the city's record of gun violence.

"It's terrible but it's a fact of life," Peter Malecha, 43, said to DNAinfo. "This stuff randomly happens sometimes." Malecha told DNAinfo he lives across the street from the scene.

The man injured was not identified, but the Tribune reports a Fire Department spokesman said he was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition.



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