|The wanted SUV, similar to the one inset, was found in the 4400 block of North Ashland early Saturday|
A black SUV connected with two of seven homicides in the South Shore neighborhood on Thursday was recovered by police overnight in the 4400 block of North Ashland, less than a half-mile from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s family home, according to two sources who spoke with CWB Chicago under condition of anonymity this afternoon.
Recovery of the vehicle in Uptown may indicate a North Side gang connection to the South Side killings, the sources said.
News reports have indicated that Thursday’s bloodshed was the result of tensions between “street gangs such as the Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples.” Both of those gangs maintain significant footprints in the Uptown neighborhood, where the Jeep was found.
Several hours after four people were shot to death in South Shore on Thursday, the recovered Jeep rolled up alongside a silver van and a person opened fire from the Jeep, killing two of the van’s occupants, police said.
Fast-forward to late Friday night.
Shortly before midnight, a reportedly intoxicated driver ran over a woman in the 4400 block of North Ashland and then crashed into several parked cars. Police detained the driver and then remained on scene to protect the crash site for investigators because the woman’s injuries were described as “very serious…life-altering,” but not fatal, according to a source.
About two hours after the crash, cops protecting the scene realized that a Jeep that was parked across the street from the crash site was wanted in connection with the double-homicide. A tow truck was called and the vehicle was taken to a police impound lot for examination.
Police continue their investigations of the seven South Shore killings.