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Man fatally shot while walking near Millennium Park downtown

Police investigate a shooting Saturday night at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street near Millennium Park that sent a man to the hospital. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

A 54-year-old man from the western suburbs died after he was shot in the head Saturday night near Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago downtown.

Peter Fabbri was pronounced dead at 5:53 p.m. Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 2100 block of South Oak Park Avenue in Berwyn.

He had been walking with two people about 7:35 p.m. Saturday along Michigan Avenue when he got into an argument with another man at the northeast corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, according to Chicago Police. They started fighting, and the other person pulled a gun and shot him in the head, police said.

The shooter took off on a bicycle but was arrested nearby, according to police, who said detectives were still questioning a “person of interest” Sunday night.

“I feel a unsafe now,” said Twion Stevens, 26, who was out for a walk near the park when he heard commotion and came upon the crime scene. “It makes me worry about my daughter — she’s 4 years old and means the world to me. This is Millennium Park. Kids play here, people come here to enjoy themselves. This is sad.”

Clothing on the ground at the scene of a shooting downtown at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times
Clothing on the ground at the scene of a shooting downtown at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street. | Jacob Wittich / Sun-Times

Stevens, a minister, said he moved away from the South Side to get away from violence.

“Chicago needs to do better than what’s going on right now,” he said.

Frankie Cortez, 18, was near the park and “saw blood on the ground and police everywhere.”

He was visiting from Milwaukee for an event with his church called “Run for Hope.”

“This world is going crazy,” Cortez said. “Stuff is continuing to happen, and you need to bring hope to the city and hope to America.”

Jeff Olson, 34, said he was across the street from Millennium Park and he saw people running.

“They kept screaming, ‘He’s unconscious!’ ” said Olson, a photographer visiting Chicago from Wisconsin. “I crossed the street and saw him down on the ground with two women who were frantic.

“This is a crazy occurrence to happen in this area by Millennium Park,” he said. “We are all in shock.”