Man stuck in traffic as wild broad daylight shootout with fully automatic gunfire unfolds in Chicago

A wild and terrifying shootout took place last Thursday morning on Chicago’s southside during a traffic stop when two men got out of a car and opened fire on another vehicle. One of the men reportedly wielded a fully automatic rifle.

The altercation was caught on another car’s dashcam at a busy traffic light. The two shooters exited a red sedan at the light and then opened fire on the other vehicle. The man who caught the shootout on his dashcam was Huber Pereznegron from Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood. He couldn’t get away from the gunfight, so he decided to video it. He and his passenger can be heard in the background as they are trapped in their car just yards from the gunfire. Pereznegron installed the dashcam following a car accident he was involved in just six months ago.

Pereznegron feared he would become a victim in the shootout. He told NBC channel WMAQ-TV that he was waiting at a red light at 10:30 a.m. when it all went down.

“I see one guy getting out of the backseat with a rifle. I really didn’t think too much of it, because I didn’t think it was real until the second person got out, then I saw him with another gun,” he recounted.

His dashcam footage has now gone viral on social media. It shows two men getting out of the car, which appeared to be a Nissan Altima, right in front of Pereznegron’s car. They fired repeatedly at the other car near the traffic light at East 86th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway: “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,” he noted, adding that he and his friend slouched down attempting to take cover when the gunfire started. “I ducked, but I wanted to see.”

(Video Credit: CBS Chicago)

Because traffic was packed, Pereznegron could not reverse his car to flee the gunfire. “I wanted to reverse, but I was kind of trapped,” he stated. “I really couldn’t go anywhere. I was stuck. All that I was thinking, hoping the other guys were not going to shoot back towards us,” Pereznegron remarked.

After the magazine fell out, both of the gunmen retreated to their car, got in, and drove away, as seen in the video. Authorities were reportedly notified of the shooting by a nearby ShotSpotter, which is an audio sensor that alerts police to the sound of gunfire.

Police have launched an investigation into the shooting. No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

“They don’t really care anymore when they go out, who sees them or what they do,” Pereznegron commented regarding criminals in Chicago. “I’m not sure what’s going on through their mind. This stuff needs to stop. There was a lot of innocent people around them.”

Two women reported the shooting. They were allegedly the ones who were being shot at. A business was also damaged in the shooting.

Although Chicago has some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, the shootings and killings just keep piling up in the Windy City. As of June 23, a shocking 316 people have been killed in Chicago so far this year according to police statistics.

This shooting follows a couple who were murdered on June 19 as they were celebrating Puerto Rico day. A group of black men dragged them out of their car in Humboldt Park and executed them. The man was shot in the head and died at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center. The woman was shot in the neck and passed away at Stroger Hospital, Cook County. The couple had two young children whom they sadly left behind.

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