Chicago police are asking the public for help in finding a man seen in a live newscast brandishing a gun at a local news team.
The frightening moment happened Wednesday morning during a segment, presented by Fox 32 reporter Joanie Lum, on the rise in gun violence in the city. The man can be seen skipping by behind Lum and pointing what appears to be a pistol in his right hand toward the camera.
“Thank you to the viewers who were watching Good Day Chicago and called or emailed to make sure our crew was OK,” the news station said.
Good Day Chicago co-anchor Anita Padilla said both Lum and the cameraman were threatened during the segment but that neither were harmed. “The gun was one foot from her head as [the suspect] pointed at the camera or cameraman Gary,” Padilla tweeted. “[Lum] is understandably shaken. Thank God she is okay.”
Police say the man is considered a person of interest in the case and is accused of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to the television station’s report. Those with information on the suspect are asked to call the Chicago Police Department at 312-744-8261.
The suspect is described as a black man between approximately 18 and 25 years old with black hair. The man is believed to stand between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and is believed to weigh between 130 and 150 pounds, according to a community alert shared with the Washington Examiner.
If spotted, police have warned the public not to engage the man.