Sunday, May 05, 2019

Uptown: Passenger injured by "shrapnel" in Saturday shooting; Alderman promises "public safety meeting in the next few weeks"

Police and fire personnel at the scene of Saturday's shooting. | Provided
A passenger suffered injuries from graze wounds or debris in Uptown’s latest shooting incident around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

But it doesn’t seem that the neighborhood’s recently-elected alderman is particularly concerned about the 6-week old rise in gang shootings that has left five people injured in over a dozen incidents.

James Cappleman (46th) said on Twitter after last night’s incident that he “will be hosting a public safety meeting in the next few weeks.” One might expect that he would step up his game after winning re-election by just 25 votes last month, but apparently not. It’ll be interesting to see how many more people are shot “in the next few weeks.”

Police last night found shell casings and a parked car with bullet holes in front of Uplift High School at 900 West Wilson. Another car with bullet holes drove up to an officer at a nearby fast-food restaurant where an ambulance was summoned for the passenger. Police said the victim may have been grazed or injured by material from the car door.

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Saturday's incident was just the latest in a string of recent shootings and "shots fired" incidents across Uptown. On Thursday, a 20-year-old man narrowly escaped being shot as a gunman chased him for several blocks while firing shots during the morning rush hour. No one was injured.

The target and his girlfriend were walking near the intersection of Lawrence and Kenmore when they crossed paths with the gunman just after 8 a.m.  The offender began shooting and chased the victim northbound on Kenmore.

“Don’t run,” the gunman reportedly yelled as he squeezed off four more shots on Kenmore Avenue. More rounds were fired as the men ran through a yard, down an alley, and back across Lawrence Avenue.

A window was shot out at the Lawrence House Flats apartment building, police said.

Cops found shell casings in several locations, and a gun was found near St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, 4800 block of North Kenmore.

Patrol officers called out for nearby schools to be placed on lockdown until the situation could be resolved. A police spokesman was unable to confirm if any schools carried out lockdown procedures.

Witnesses said the gunman was a black man who wore a gray sweatshirt with a red hood with red gym shoes. He may have shed a camouflage coat as he chased the victim, according to reports.

A 30-year-old Calumet Park woman was reported in good condition after being shot by a known offender in 5000 block of North Winthrop on Sunday evening.

More gunfire rang out on Easter Sunday when at least nine shots were fired just before 5 p.m. near Racine and Sunnyside. No one was injured, but the relentless paces of the shooting attempts made it clear that a rival gang is not giving up on their efforts to draw blood.

The month-long increase in shooting incidents around the Uptown neighborhood apparently spread into Lakeview on April 18th. That's when 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. 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.

On April 16th, 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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