Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Uptown: At least 2 arrested, 2 guns recovered after shots fired Tuesday


At least two men are in custody, and two guns have been recovered after shots rang out in the Uptown neighborhood Tuesday evening, according to police. No persons were injured in the gunfire, but a resident who lives near the shooting scene said several vehicles were shot up.

Police responded to the 4400 block of North Racine at 5:45 p.m. after witnesses reported hearing about six shots fired and vehicles speeding from the area.

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.

Gang-related shootings have been on the rise in Uptown since two people were shot in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th.

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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