CHICAGO — After three men were shot while standing on an Uptown sidewalk Tuesday afternoon, Chicago police dispatchers began warning cops on the North Side about four areas with a “strong possibility of retaliatory shootings.”
The alert noted that investigators had not yet determined the gang affiliations, if any, of the three men who were shot yesterday. But back-and-forth retaliatory shootings have been happening between two street gangs since May 23, dispatchers advised.
The conflict involves the Wicked City faction of the Black P Stones street gang to the south and the Gangster Disciples to the north.
This new cycle of violence began on May 23 with the shooting of a 22-year-old man in the 4500 block of North Magnolia, according to the bulletin. A gunman literally fell out of a moving SUV as he shot at the victim around 3:30 p.m., said an officer who reviewed surveillance video of the incident.
Retaliation came almost immediately.
About 20 minutes after the shooting, a 33-year-old man was killed in an alley behind the 5900 block of North Winthrop. Witnesses reported that a car rolled through the alley, and a gunman fired from the vehicle. An officer at the scene said police found a handgun in the victim’s possession.
Last month, four people were shot in Oak Park during a funeral procession for Jamal Goings, the man who was killed on Winthrop.
In Rogers Park, there were shootings on June 9 and June 22, and then a triple shooting on June 25. Another person was shot on July 5, and five were shot during a single incident on July 7. Most recently, a man was shot on July 8. Many of the Rogers Park shootings occurred in the 1600 block of West Howard.
After last night’s incident in Uptown, dispatchers advised officers to be alert for “a strong possibility of retaliatory shootings” in four areas:
- Ardmore to Granville, Broadway to Sheridan
- Morse to Juneway, Clark to Sheridan
- Foster to Lawrence, Broadway to Sheridan
- Montrose to Lawrence, Broadway to Clark