Boy, 14, is shot dead and 9 others are wounded in two shootings just three blocks apart in Chicago
- A 14-year-old was killed and nine others were injured in two separate shootings in Chicago Wednesday evening
- At least two other teenagers are in critical condition
- Both shootings happened in within three blocks of each each in the North Lawndale section on the West Side of the city
- It’s unclear if the two shootings are connected
- All victims are being treated at hospitals. Two victims are in critical condition
- So far in 2021, there have been 1802 shootings, that’s a nine percent jump from this time last year and a 60percent jump from 2019
A boy, 14, was killed and nine others were injured in two separate shootings in the North Lawndale section on the West Side of Chicago Wednesday evening.
At least two other teenagers are in critical condition in hospitals, police said.
Five people were shot in the first shooting around 6:05pm. Within five minutes, five more people were shot in a second shooting three blocks away, police said.
A car is flipped on its side at the scene of the second shooting, but police didn’t say how it got there or if it’s connected to the crime.
At this point, police said they don’t know if the shootings are related, but early on in the investigation it appears they’re not connected, Deputy Chief Ernest Cato said during a press briefing Wednesday night.
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A car is on its side at the second crime scene, but police didn’t say how it got there or if it’s connected to the crime
Chicago police are investigating two shootings within three blocks happened within five minutes of each other. In total, 10 people were shot
Police are in the infancy stages of their investigation
Police are on the West Side of Chicago in the North Lawndale section
‘I’m here to bring you some news; some news that we are tired of hearing,’ Cato said during the press briefing.
‘This is becoming an effort where we’re going to need an all hands-on-deck approach,’ Cato said. ‘That approach is going to involve our community…our community who has cell phone photos, who has Facebook information, we’re going to need your help.’
Police haven’t released any other details. No one is in custody yet.
Gun violence has plagued the Windy City in 2021 like it has most metropolitan cities across the country.
So far in 2021, there have been 1802 shootings, that’s a nine percent jump from this time last year and a 60percent jump from 2019, according to the latest crime statistics from Chicago police.
During the July 4 weekend alone, 92 people were shot in the city and 16 were killed. This past weekend, 56 people were shot and 11 died.
In an effort to curtail the record number of shootings, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown announced the launch of the city’s Gun Investigations Team on Monday.
According to Brown, a team of 50 officers was put together Sunday with the explicit mission to conduct investigations into the gun traffickers and purchasers.
They will also be tasked with tracing recovered guns infiltrating the illegal pipeline of guns.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown says that Chicago police is on track to recover more than 12,000 illegal guns this year. Authorities have already recovered 6,600 guns to date.
The new team was launched just days after Mayor Lightfoot announced a $1 million reward fund for information that leads to the seizure of illegal firearms.
The fund was created to incentivizes citizens to report the presence of illegal guns in their community. Payouts will be provided to those who have tips that lead to arrests and convictions.
‘I’m here to bring you some news; some news that we are tired of hearing,’ Deputy Chief Ernest Cato said during a press briefing Wednesday night
Police are investigating two separate shootings within minutes on Chicago’s West Side Wednesday evening
Boy, 14, was killed and nine were injured in two shootings in Chicago within five minutes