5:45 PM PT — Chicago PD have now released the screen grab of the potential suspects, showing two men wearing dark clothing. Detectives are reviewing more cameras, but are looking to question the two individuals seen in the photo. Police say the two people were seen walking near the location of the incident between 1:30 AM and 1:45 AM and are trying to determine if they witnessed the incident, or were possibly involved.
Investigators are on the hunt for two individuals who may have been responsible for brutally attacking “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, and believe video footage may be the smoking gun.
“Police detectives have located surveillance cameras that show potential people of interest in the alleged assault and battery that was reported,” Chicago PD said in a statement regarding the investigation.
The police say, “While the video footage does not depict an assault, the individuals pictured are seen in the vicinity” of where the incident went down.
Officials are now going through the video and putting together a sample to hand out to the public in the hopes of identifying the possible suspects.
As we reported, police have been combing the area near Smollett’s luxury high-rise apartment ever since he claims to have been attacked in a racial and homophobic-fueled tirade.
Smollett was seen with a cut under his eye after video chatting with “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels. The star also claims a noose was put around his neck and bleach thrown at his face during the early morning assault.
Police make it clear they want to speak with the two people seen in the video, but they have not yet been identified.