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Police, Ald. Matt Martin to hold virtual community meeting next week following 3 cartoons and shooting incidents in North Central region

CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago Police District City Hall (19th) and Ald’s Office. Matt Martin (47th) will be holding a special virtual meeting next week to address three different shooting incidents that have occurred in the north central and western areas of Lakeview in the past few days alone.

“We are deeply concerned as a community, and you know, it’s disturbing to hear about this in such a short period of time,” said Renee Gerardin, president of the Northcenter Neighborhood Association. “But it’s also disturbing to hear about this all over town.”

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In the most recent incident, a 21-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot while driving on Lincoln Avenue near Montrose Avenue and Leavitt Street. Police said the man was driving along Lincoln Avenue at around 1:50 a.m. when someone in another car fired shots.

The 21-year-old man was shot in the neck, causing him to crash into a tree, a meter and the door of Lou Malnati’s at 4340 N. Lincoln Ave.

When police arrived at the scene and attempted to approach, the victim threw a gun and drugs on the ground and fled. Officers caught up with him and realized he had been shot in the neck.

The man was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

Late Monday evening, about a mile away, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in an apparent shootout between two vehicles. Police said the boy was a passenger in a car heading east on Irving Park Road near Ashland Avenue at around 10:50 p.m. when someone in a Dodge sedan shot him in the head.

The driver of the car the boy was in then crashed into a vehicle parked in the 4000 block of North Ashland Avenue near Lake View High School and fled on foot. The boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said it appeared gunshots could have been fired from the car the boy was in as well, and a gun was recovered from that vehicle.

As CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reported, people ran for safety as the sound of gunfire was captured on surveillance audio during Monday night’s incident. At least 10 bullet holes were seen in the rear and front passenger doors of the Jeep in which the 16-year-old was shot.

The driver fled the scene after crashing into a parked car. No one was in custody on Wednesday.

Early Sunday, about half a mile from the Monday night scene, someone in a Toyota Camry and someone in a black sedan reportedly shot each other as they headed west on Irving Park Road, Avenues Lincoln and Damen at Western Avenue.

The Toyota then struck a Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicle filled with innocent bystanders, killing one of them.

At 3:03 a.m., an officer from the Chicago Police K9 unit was stopped at a red light on Irving Park Road and said he heard gunshots and saw flashes from the mouth of the Toyota Camry. The officer then turned on their hazard lights and fired into the car, until the Camry passed the red light at Irving Park Road and Western Avenue and into that black Nissan Rogue.

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A 37-year-old woman was thrown from the Nissan Rogue and did not survive. She was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.

Meanwhile, the Toyota – which was seen on camera skidding on Irving Park Road – eventually came to a stop. Its occupants refloated on foot and fled in an unknown direction. The Rogue’s driver, a 27-year-old man, was also taken to the Illinois Masonic for observation but suffered no serious injuries.

Ald. Martin said in a notice to voters that at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, his office and City Hall district officers will hold a special CAPS meeting to provide information on public safety following these three incidents, and to answer residents’ questions.

The event was scheduled for Thursday, October 14, but has been moved to an earlier date following the latest incident on Wednesday morning.

The event will be virtual, and residents can RSVP at this link.

“On a personal note, I recognize how disturbing it is that over the past few days our community has suffered repeated incidents of gun violence,” Martin wrote. “Like many of you, I have young children and I want to make sure they are safe and comfortable wherever they go, both inside and outside. our neighborhood. I know moments like this cause fear and create a justified sense of urgency to see these issues resolved immediately. We all want to act quickly to ensure that this type of violence stops immediately. “

Martin noted that on Wednesday evening, the district town hall police had started to step up traffic missions in the north center and Lakeview. They’re also coordinating with the Albany Park District (17th) across the North Branch of the Chicago River, as well as other nearby police districts, to share information.

Special information will be given to all cars reported as stolen, in part with mobile license plate readers.

Meanwhile, since those involved in these shootings do not appear to be linked to the communities where they occur, the 47th Ward and Town Hall District will communicate with police and other community entities in areas experiencing issues. similar.

Ald. Martin also visits schools and businesses and knocks on doors in the Center-Nord region to discuss public safety issues and answer questions.

“I also know that, too often, in the face of community violence, elected officials pass the blame and promise quick and easy solutions. As we continue to take steps to immediately address these incidents, it is important to recognize, directly and honestly, that there is no simple solution to the violence that Chicago communities face, ”a writes Martin. “We all need to be engaged year round in the hard work of strengthening our communities, both here in our own neighborhoods as well as across Chicago, with the goal of systematically preventing violence.”

There have been other similar high-profile cart shootings incidents in Chicago over the past week.

On Wednesday, September 30, four passers-by and an alleged perpetrator were shot dead in the Fulton River district as someone pulled from a car during a chase. Shots were fired along a long stretch of Milwaukee Avenue and across the busy intersection with Halsted Street and Grand Avenue.

One of the victims, a man in the back of a Lyft on his way to his girlfriend’s house, was shot in the back and was seriously injured. Another victim, TJ Kory, was on his bicycle when he too was shot.

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“We have to find a solution – not only for us in the center-north, but for the city as a whole,” Girardin said.