In the span of 45 minutes Monday afternoon, one man was found shot to death on the Lower West Side and two others were shot in separate attacks that a local alderperson said were linked to an escalating gang war.
Local Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) told the Sun-Times that a preliminary police investigation found “there may be a connection” between the double homicide and the earlier murder.
Both shootings appear to be related to an altercation that broke out, Sigcho-Lopez said.
“There’s always the worry of revenge, now [it] escalated,” he said, adding that the second shooting was caught on a nearby police surveillance camera.
In the first attack, a 34-year-old man was shot multiple times in the 2200 block of South Bell Avenue, Chicago police said. He was found around the corner in the 2200 block of West Cermak Road and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Over the weekend, Sigcho-Lopez said officers were monitoring the area amid concerns about violence.
At 1:45 p.m., a man and a woman were shot while driving east in the 2400 block of West 21st Street, just a few blocks from an earlier shooting. The vehicle then came to rest after hitting another car on the next block, police said.
A 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman died at the scene, and an officer was injured during an apparent disturbance with onlookers, police said.
The officer was “controlling the scene” when she suffered a leg injury, police said. Three people have been detained in connection with the incident.
Police taped off two cars: a green Jeep on the west side of the road, with half a dozen evidence markers nearby; and a black Honda on the westbound side with front end damage.
A woman cried near the scene as police investigated. “I lost my sister,” she said.
Other family members and friends of the victims gathered at Mount Sinai but declined to speak to a Sun-Times reporter.
Sigcho-López called for more funding for anti-violence efforts, along with a transparent system showing “how these funds are being used.”
“Many of these incidents – killings and tragedies – continue in some of the most vulnerable areas of the city,” he said. “So I think there’s a lot of work around in terms of accountability.”