Man shot and killed in Hyatt McCormick Place lobby

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Man shot in Hyatt hotel lobby
Chicago police said several men were involved in a fight when someone pulled out a gun and started shooting in the hotel lobby.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A 26-year-old man was fatally shot early Saturday in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel in the South Loop neighborhood, police say.

The victim was identified as Courtney Taylor, of the 6800-block of South Paulina in Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

No arrests have been made. No one else was injured in the shooting. There are currently no conventions at the hotel.

The shooting happened around 2:20 a.m. when hotel staff and guests reported that several men, who had been attending a birthday party at the hotel, began arguing as they stood near the hotel's concierge desk.

Witnesses said Taylor, who was also attending a function at the hotel, tried to break up the fight when one of the men pulled out a gun and opened fire, shooting Taylor once in the head.

"Very tough on the mother, and the mother of his child to have talked to him yesterday and have to come here to identify him at the medical examiner's office," said Andrew Holmes, a community activist.

Police found at least a half dozen shell casing and one live round at the scene.

"It's very scary because it could happen anywhere," said Ebonie Brewer, a hotel guest.

Courtney Taylor, 26, was fatally shot early Saturday at a South Loop hotel.

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place released a statement Saturday morning, saying, "At Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the safety and security of guests and associates is a top priority. This appears to be an isolated incident, however the hotel is taking all appropriate precautions in an effort to ensure that guests and hotel associates remain in a safe environment. We also want to extend our sympathies to the family of the deceased. The hotel is cooperating with the authorities on their investigation, and inquiries should be directed to the Chicago Police Department."