Sunday, April 21, 2019

Shots fired as Uptown gang war spills into Lakeview, no injuries reported

Shell casings were found in the 4100 and 4200 blocks of North Ashland, police said. 
A month-long increase in shooting incidents around the Uptown neighborhood apparently spread into Lakeview this week. No one was injured.

Residents and motorists reported hearing and seeing shots fired between two vehicles in the 4100 and 4200 blocks of North Ashland around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Responding officers found shell casings spread across the two city blocks.

About 15 minutes later, witnesses reported seeing three young men park a bullet-ridden car in the 4100 block of North Hermitage and then walk away from the scene. Police caught up with two men who they believe were in the car. One of them is an 18-year-old gangbanger from the Uptown neighborhood. No weapons were recovered from the men, who were later released.

Police believe the car was shot up by rival gang members from the Rogers Park neighborhood who have been engaged in a month-long battle since two persons were shot in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th, according to a source.

Last Tuesday, two persons were detained and two guns were recovered after shots rang out in the 4400 block of North Racine around 5:45 p.m. Officers found several parked cars with bullet holes and shattered windows nearby.

A search of an apartment building stairwell resulted in two arrests and the recovery of a firearm in the 4400 block of North Racine. Another handgun was found about an hour later on the same block.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on April 6th, witnesses reported hearing ten to fifteen shots fired near a discount store’s parking lot in the 900 block of West Agatite. A lone gunman opened fire on a black Infinity or BMW that crashed into three parked cars before speeding from the scene, bystanders said. Shell casings were recovered from the parking lot at Dollar Tree, 4443 North Sheridan Road.

On March 26, a 24-year-old woman was shot in her right leg as she walked in the 800 block of West Agatite, about a block from where Saturday’s gunfire rang out.

On March 24, several people were shaken up, but none were injured after shots were fired in the 900 block of West Eastwood. In that incident, witnesses reported that two men drove a Jeep Cherokee into an alley around 10:25 a.m. The men emerged from the Jeep and opened fire with a silver handgun. They then returned to the vehicle and sped away westbound.
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