You may have heard that two shooting incidents occurred in Rogers Park this past week. Here is what I know of the incidents and the police response to them.
24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera tells me the police believe the incidents are unrelated. The first shooting occurred Tuesday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of North Ashland. A 23 year-old man was shot in his leg while standing on the sidewalk talking to a woman. Police believe they have identified the assailant and are searching for him.
The Commander tells me the police at this time believe the shooting arose out of a personal dispute between the two men who were likely acquaintances and was not a street robbery or gang-related.
The second incident occurred shortly after 12 noon on Friday in the 1500 block of West Morse. A 25-year-old man was shot in his leg and his 41-year-old father was shot in the buttocks. Police believe Friday’s shooting was gang-related. The son is believed to be an active member of a local street gang and the father allegedly is or was a member of another Chicago street gang.
Commander Waldera has requested and received additional deployments of police, which will be patrolling the area heavily to guard against any retaliatory shootings.
The Commander tells me he plans to employ some of the same policing strategies in the Morse Avenue area that have proven remarkably successful this year on Howard Street. So far this year, the Howard Street area has recorded no shooting incidents. In comparison, last year saw approximately 12 shooting incidents in the Howard Street area alone.
The police, however, cannot do it alone. Community involvement and engagement is the ultimate key to reducing crime and violence. The monthly CAPS beat meetings play a vital role in our efforts to reduce crime.
The beat meeting is one of the most important intelligence gathering venues. It’s where the police officers and community residents meet to share information, discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns. My office is always represented at these meetings and Commander Waldera usually attends as well.
For a schedule of upcoming beat meetings in the 24th District, CLICK HERE.
For a map of the beats in the 24th District and help in finding your beat,CLICK HERE.
I urge you to attend the next beat meeting in your area. In the meantime, I will keep you apprised of any further developments on these two incidents.