A man was found shot to death at a Gold Coast hotel on Sunday morning, officials said, marking the latest incident in a spate of violence downtown in recent days.
At approximately 5 am Sunday morning, Chicago police responded to Sonesta ES Suites, 201 E. Walton Pl., and found a person who had been shot multiple times.
Demetrius Doss, who is staying at the hotel, said he learned of the shooting from other guests.
“It’s very shocking,” Doss said. “I would never have imagined that this would happen here.”
The shooting follows several other violent crimes over the weekend in downtown neighborhoods. Earlier on Saturday, two women were shot, one fatally, near State Street and Kinzie in River North.
A day earlier, a man reported to police that he was shot inside his Gold Coast building at 14 W. Elm St.
The violence is extremely worrying, but it no longer surprises Peter Vodovoz, a longtime barber.
“I don’t even know what to say,” he said. “A lot of people are moving. Simple as that.”
Chicago police reported 49 murders during the month of April, but say homicides are on the decline for the second month in a row. Still, neighbors and businessmen are concerned about violent crime.
“What Chicago has become… it’s sad. It’s very sad,” Vodovoz said.
As for the hotel shooting, police were continuing to investigate late Sunday. So far, no arrests have been made.