The shooting of a high-profile rapper has North Side gang violence on the rise, cops say. And a triple-shooting this morning in Rogers Park may bring payback to Uptown.
CWBChicago reported exclusively that 26-year-old rapper Keith “Bang Da Hitta” Hayer suffered a leg injury in a shooting near Broadway and Leland in Uptown on August 6.
Hayer is associated with a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang that runs on the Far North Side, according to police.
Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, one person was killed and two others injured in a drive-by shooting in the 7700 block of North Ashland, near Hayer’s stomping ground.
Now, cops have been warned to be on the lookout for retaliatory strikes in the Uptown gang conflict area, which is centered on the intersection of Wilson and Broadway.
The Far North Side’s 24th Police District had recorded only three shooting incidents this summer before today’s triple-shooting. That’s down sharply from nine incidents at this point last summer.
But with Hayer’s high-profile shooting on the board, cops expect rival gangs to return to their old habits.