Drive-by shooting injures candidate Victim running for Congress in Chicago district.

March 13, 1992|By Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO B — CHICAGO -- Congressional candidate Mel Reynolds, 40, was injured in a drive-by shooting on the South Side last night.

Police and said the candidate was cut on the forehead by flying glass when two or three gunshots were fired into the car in which Mr. Reynolds was riding. The shots were fired from a car that had pulled alongside, police said.

Mr. Reynolds is in a heated primary race in the 2nd Congressional District against incumbent U.S. Rep. Gus Savage, D-Ill. This is the third time that Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Savage have been opponents for that congressional seat.

Mr. Reynolds was riding in the back seat of his 1992 Cadillac, returning home from a day of campaigning, said campaign manager Chuck Kelly.

About 10 p.m., police said, Mr. Reynolds' car was northbound on Essex Avenue when a car pulled up behind and flashed its headlights.

Police Sgt. John Manos said Mr. Reynolds' driver pulled over.

As the second car came alongside, Mr. Reynolds saw a man in that car reach into his sweater and pull out a gun, Sgt. Manos said.

One bullet went through the right-rear door of Mr. Reynolds' car, Mr. Manos said. Another apparently shattered the right-rear window.

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