A 28-year-old man was shot and killed yesterday afternoon in a shooting on Devon Avenue just east of Glenwood. The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m.
The Chicago Police Department responded immediately. I have been in regular communication with Commander Waldera about this shooting. He tells me several witnesses to the incident provided important information that police hope may lead to the apprehension of the assailant.
If you have seen anything that might aid in the investigation of this crime, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200.
Additional gang crime teams have been dispatched to the Devon area in the wake of this incident. I will, of course, keep you informed of any new developments in the investigation.
I happened to be on Devon only a block from the shooting and heard the gunfire. I looked up to see the assailant, who appeared to be a teenager, continue to fire his weapon at a group of fleeing youths. It is something I will never forget.
Later that evening on our way to a neighborhood block party, my wife and I drove past the scene of the shooting and noticed that bloodstains remained on the sidewalk. We went to a nearby store to purchase some water, bleach and a brush to clean the sidewalk. By the time we returned, Milton, a resident of the building adjacent to the sidewalk, had already undertaken the grim task. We helped him finish the job.
I am told that police believe the shooting was a result of a gang dispute in another neighborhood that spilled into our own. But the fact the violence may not have been homegrown, doesn’t make this shooting any less a concern for us in Rogers Park.
This shooting is a tragedy. Not because it was witnessed by the alderman, but because yet another life has been extinguished in a seemingly never-ending cycle of senseless violence. What makes this even more tragic, is that the murder appeared to be at the hands of a boy who may have been younger than my own 17-year-old son.
How do we put an end to this cycle? Until our federal government comes to its senses and enacts sensible nationwide gun laws and makes a real commitment to end poverty in the richest nation on earth, I fear this cycle will never completely end.
After several shooting incidents last spring, smart policing strategies by our district commander and strong community involvement have helped to keep a lid on violence in our neighborhood throughout the first half of this summer. However, as Saturday’s shooting demonstrates, violence can erupt at a moment’s notice.
We must continue to remain vigilant and we must never lose hope.