Chicago Police today released surveillance photos of three individuals who they believe were involved in a gunfight Sunday evening on Clark Street just south of Howard that resulted in the death of an innocent bystander.
The photos were taken from a surveillance camera at the Bank of America located at 7516 N. Clark, across from Gateway Plaza. They show the suspects running through the bank parking lot.
To view the photos, click on the attachment below:
Unfortunately, the photos are grainy and blurry. The Chicago Tribune edited the images together to create a “video” of the suspects, which provides a slightly clearer view.
To view the video, click here.
If you have any information regarding the identity of the individuals, please contact Chicago Police Area North detectives at 312/744-8261.
According to police, two men were seen chasing a third man on westbound Howard at Clark. The men turned south on Clark when one of the men in pursuit fired a handgun at their intended target.
Tragically, several of the bullets struck an innocent bystander, Shane Colombo, 25, a Northwestern graduate student and Evanston resident. He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
I have been in regular communication with Commander Roberto Nieves about this homicide. Additional gang crime teams have been dispatched to the Howard and Clark area in the wake of this incident and detectives are examining video footage of the incident. I will keep you informed of any new developments in the investigation.
This was the first gun-related homicide in the 49th Ward this year. But one homicide is one homicide too many, especially when the victim is someone who did nothing other than simply walk down the street. The gun violence, which has afflicted our neighborhood and to a much greater degree, neighborhoods on the City’s south and west sides is intolerable.
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.
Smart policing strategies by our district commander and strong community involvement have helped to reduce crime significantly in Rogers Park over the last twenty years. But as Sunday’s shooting demonstrates, violence can erupt at a moment’s notice.
When such a violent crime occurs, especially so close to home, people understandably demand action to end the violence. Sadly, there is no magic wand solution.
Effective policing strategies are certainly part of the solution, but the police and the City cannot do it alone. Everyone needs to get involved. The safest neighborhoods in the City are those where ordinary residents become engaged in the fabric of their community.
After the tragic shooting death of school teacher Cynthia Trevillion one year ago, I listed a number of ways you can get involved. They remain just as relevant now as they were last year:
- Attend your local beat meetings. This is where community residents sit down with their local police officers to share information and devise solutions to crime and public safety issues. For the time and location of the beat meeting in your area, click here.
- Join a parent patrol to help kids get safely to and from school. You don’t have to be a parent to join, just a responsible adult who is concerned about the safety of our children. Contact my office at email@example.com and we’ll connect to a school in your area.
- Join or start a block club. My office has a list of block clubs in the ward and we also can help you start start up a block club.
- Participate in Positive Loitering. From time to time, neighbors in Rogers Park gather together to stroll through the neighborhood or simply “loiter” on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter crime by their positive presence on the street. A group of neighbors is organizing an event for this weekend. If you are interested in participating, contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-338-5796.
- Volunteer with the 24th Police District’s Court Advocacy program. Neighborhood residents work with the police to identify and track cases of interest to the community. Cases can range from violent crimes, such as murder or rape, to “quality of life” cases, such as drug dealing and public drinking, abandoned buildings and negligent landlords, and problem liquor establishments. Volunteers then attend court dates associated with those cases. They provide support for victims and witnesses who may be hesitant to testify in court. Their presence also sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system that the community cares about the outcome of these cases. For more information, contact 24th District Community Organizer Mayra Gomez at Mayra.Gomez@chicagopolice.org.
- Support Sullivan High School’s Restorative Justice initiative, a program that focuses on changing behavior, rather than simply punishing behavior. Instead of kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed. This has resulted in a reduction of out-of-school suspensions and incidents of misconduct and an increase in average daily attendance. For more information, contact Sullivan Principal Chad Adams at email@example.com.
- Support Circles and Ciphers, a leadership development program for disengaged young men that uses peace-making circles and hip hop ciphers to transform their lives. To find out how you can support Circles and Ciphers, contact Emmanuel Andre at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page for updated information and ways to get involved.
In the meantime, friends of the victim, Shane Colombo, have established a gofundme page to raise money to bring Shane’s body to California where he grew up and pay for his funeral expenses. They would appreciate a donation in any amount.