Man points gun at news crew in broad daylight during live shot about crime in Chicago

Cops are on the lookout for a Chicago man who allegedly menaced a film crew with a handgun on live television in broad daylight.

Fox 32 reporter Joanie Lum was at a street corner reporting on the gun crime rate in America’s third-most populous city when an individual standing behind her allegedly waved a weapon as he strutted by.

According to Fox 32, “Right now, police are calling this man a person of interest, accused of aggravated assault with a firearm,” and have requested the public’s help in identifying or locating him.

Fortunately, no one was harmed in the encounter.

On Twitter, Lum’s Fox 32 colleague Anita Padilla wrote that “It happened to @JoanieLum and her [photographer] at 7:06 am. The gun was one foot from her head as he pointed at the camera or cameraman Gary. She is understandably shaken. Thank God she is okay.”


“Minutes before the incident aired, police responded to calls of a similarly-described man who was causing a disturbance just a couple of blocks away inside a Starbucks on the 500 block of North State. It’s not clear if the two incidents are related,” CWB Chicago repotted.

Separately, crime is out of control in Chicago under far-left Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, with weekend shootings, in particular, a sad part of the landscape.

According to a website that tracks the grim statistics that seem to differ somewhat from official compilations, year to date, 236 murders have occurred in the city, more than 1,000 persons have been shot, and 213 of those were killed.

WGN reported on Monday that car theft has increased by 41 percent year over year, and other forms of robbery have increased by nearly 70 percent. “[S]hootings are down 15% and homicides are down 9%, according to data” provided by Chicago PD, the news outlet added.

Murders and shootings have increased, however, by 64 percent from 2021 in the downtown business district, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Former Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, an expert on Chicago politics, asserted on his blog that the Democrat-controlled city is at death’s door.

“Chicago is that once-great city by the lake that is now on the verge of dying from an overdose of uncontrolled, rising violent crime. It is a real place suffering real pain. Some say the city is on life support, which is a polite way of saying it is dying. And it’s not just Chicago. Violent crime is spiking in urban centers across America…In Chicago, every day the violent street gangs claim more innocent lives, in the neighborhoods, downtown, and on Chicago’s expressways where the innocent are shot while driving home from work,” Kass wrote, in part.

“Every day brings grim and bloody news from the city of anarchy, violence, and corrupt politics…”

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

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