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Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy’s Northwest Side house hit by gunfire

Gunshots awoke the Tweedy family shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday, Tweedy’s wife, Susan Miller Tweedy, said in a Facebook post.

Jeff Tweedy perform during the Obama Foundation Summit at the Illinois Institute of Technology on the South Side, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2019.
The Northwest Side home of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his family was struck by several bullets early Tuesday.
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The Northwest Side home of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his family was struck by several bullets early Tuesday.

Gunshots roused the family shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday, Tweedy’s wife, Susan Miller Tweedy, said in a Facebook post.

“You know how every time you hear loud pops you think ... was that fireworks or gunshots? Well, when it’s really gunfire there is zero question about it,” Miller Tweedy wrote, adding that “there were 7 to 10 shots fired at what sounded like right at our house.”

After twice calling 911, Miller Tweedy said, she noticed the family’s home had been shot.

“A bullet went through the storm door to our balcony and lodged in the wooden door,” she said. “In the light of day today [Tuesday], Jeff found 7 shell casings outside.”

Reached by phone Wednesday, Jeff Tweedy — one of Chicago’s most critically acclaimed musicians — declined to discuss the shooting. From the late 1980s until 2000, Miller Tweedy co-ran Lounge Ax, a seminal rock venue in Lincoln Park.

Chicago police scanner traffic confirms several people in the vicinity of the Tweedy’s home in the Irving Park neighborhood also called 911 early Tuesday to report the shots, including an on-duty CPD officer. No injuries were reported.

Speaking to WBBM-AM 780 radio, Tweedy’s son, Spencer, also a musician, said the shots were “pretty scary,” but he did not believe the family was targeted.