Campaign volunteer shot in Chicago while live-streaming himself canvassing

A volunteer for a Chicago City Council candidate was shot in the leg while canvassing and recording himself on Facebook Live.

Maxwell Omowale Justice, 32, was filming himself expressing support for candidate Joseph Williams on Sunday when he was shot by a man wearing a red ski mask, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The video feed cut out at the moment Justice is shot. The shooter immediately fled, and no arrests have been made.

Justice, who was treated at a hospital and released, later posted on Facebook: “Whoever tried to kill me failed. My political views will not change no matter what.”


The candidate, Joseph Williams, said he and Justice were out campaigning with other volunteers in the West Englewood neighborhood when the shooting occurred. Williams called the incident “a pretty tragic event."

"No one had a chance to see the shooter, that's how fast it happened,” he added, according to NBC. "If a shooter is a [sic] wearing a red mask, that sounds like it was planned."

Williams is one of six candidates taking on Alderman Raymond Lopez in a February election.

Lopez said in a statement that the shooting was “unacceptable and unfortunate,” according to the Tribune.

"Campaign or not, it is completely unacceptable and unfortunate that someone would feel compelled to shoot at someone simply because they didn't recognize them from the community," Lopez said. "This is the same type of mindless gun violence we have seen in other neighborhoods."