Chicago Police have stepped up patrols after a recent series of shooting incidents.
The latest incident occurred yesterday (Tuesday, May 5th) around 5:00 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Columbia. Neighbors reported seeing shots fired from a white SUV. Fortunately no one was hit, but several vehicles parked on the street suffered damage.
A seventeen-year-old boy suffered a graze wound to his leg in a shooting Monday morning on the 1500 block of W. North Shore. The shooting occurred at approximately 8:10 a.m. According to police, two separate vehicles were involved, in the shooting.
Both vehicles got away, but the shooting was captured on video surveillance. Police later stopped the vehicle, which contained the victim. The police identified the vehicle as stolen and arrested the occupants. The police are searching for the other vehicle and its occupants.
Several vehicles parked on the 1500 block of W. Farwell suffered damage from gunshots fired at approximately 3:10 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored SUV fleeing east-bound on Farwell following the shooting.
Police believe the shooting on the 1500 block of W. North Shore and the shots fired incidents on Columbia and Farwell are related and an outgrowth of a renewed rivalry between factions of the same street gang. The rivalry is fueled by taunts and insults on the social media.
A shooting which occurred Sunday afternoon in the 1900 block of W. Birchwood is not believed to be related, as it occurred outside the territory of the rival gang factions. In the Sunday incident, a 14-year-old youth was shot in the wrist when two men walked up to the group he was walking with and one of them opened fire striking the victim. The victim was treated and released. No one is in custody.
I have been in constant contact with our new police commander, Roberto Nieves. He tells me police have increased patrols in the area and are concentrating on the territory of the gang factions in an effort to prevent further retaliatory incidents.
I will keep you informed of any new developments.