In Chicago, some people who saw the immediate aftermath of the shooting described a confused scene with people yelling and police swarming the area.

“People were shouting at each other, because people thought it was a riot, and so did we,” said Gloria Schmidt, who said she had been inside a nearby courthouse and came outside shortly after the shooting. “It was just hysteria,” she said.

Ms. Schmidt’s husband, Jorge Rodriguez, said he saw a man being taken into custody outside the James R. Thompson Center, a Chicago landmark that houses state government offices and a food court that is popular with downtown workers.


Police officers guard the scene in downtown Chicago where an off-duty police commander was fatally shot while assisting a tactical team outside a state government office building.

John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press

“They just seemed…

…rest of the post