An off-duty Chicago police officer was arrested after he allegedly shot three people in a Blue Island bowling alley during an argument.
The probationary police officer fired his gun shortly before midnight at the Burr Oak Bowl at 3030 W. 127th St., according to Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy.
The officer was heard saying, “It’s a league game, Smokey.”
Two gunshot victims were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where one person remained Wednesday with a gunshot wound to the chest, Blue Island Police Chief Geoffery Farr said in a statement. Another person drove himself to a hospital for a graze wound and was discharged, he said.
The officer and another person were arrested at the scene, Farr said. A weapon was allegedly recovered.
While you may not believe this, I spent a lot of time in bowling alleys growing up. My mom was a very good bowler and played in leagues. My fiends and I would go bowling often – I am barely average – and it was always a lot of fun. That said, in the decades I’ve been in bowling alleys, I have never seen an argument so bad that it turned into gunfire.
Of course, this is Chicago, and their D.A. will probably let the cop off with probation and time served.