A Chicago Alderman issued a statement blaming a Evanston gangs for a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Below is the story from the Chicago Sun-Times:
“One man was killed and another wounded Sunday night in a Rogers Park neighborhood shooting on the North Side.
The men, both 29, were shot in the 7400 block of North Ridge about 8:45 p.m., police said.”
Alderman, Joe Moore, released a statement via his website on the shootings . Below is the press release:
The first incident occurred on the 1300 block of W. Morse Avenue Sunday at approximately 5:15 p.m. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one-half block from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, were treated and released from the hospital.
The man suffered a graze wound to the head and the woman was shot in the chest. Fortunately, because the bullet was fired from a distance, it lost much of its velocity by the time it struck the victims, thus minimizing their injuries.
Commander Thomas Waldera of the 24th District told me the police have not identified any suspects or motive for the shooting, but do not believe the victims were the intended targets.
The second shooting occurred in the gangway of a building on the 7400 block of N. Ridge Boulevard. Two men, both 29, were shot while attending an outdoor barbecue. Tragically, one man died from shotgun wounds to the abdomen and leg. The other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition has stabilized.
Commander Waldera tells me police do not believe the Ridge Boulevard shooting is related to the Morse Avenue shooting. Instead, they believe the Ridge Avenue incident is the result of a dispute between Evanston gangs, which spilled over into Chicago. The individual who hosted the barbecue had just moved into the building from Evanston and is believed to be a member of an Evanston street gang.
Commander Waldera requested and received additional resources including members from gang crimes and narcotics task forces. He is focusing on strategic deployment of those forces to head off possible future violence based on intelligence the police have received.
The Commander also said he would consider adding a foot patrol officer on Morse Avenue during the weekends to supplement the work of the foot officers who work the day and evening shifts during the week days. He already added a foot patrol officer to Devon Avenue.