Driver shot on Northwest Side overnight; ShotSpotter worked perfectly. (Video)

CHICAGO – A man is recovering after a gunman shot him as he stopped for a red light on the Northwest Side overnight. Chicago police officers were first alerted by a ShotSpotter gunfire detector, which pinpointed the shooting location. A nearby surveillance camera captured some of the incident.

Police said the victim, 29, was driving north on Cicero Avenue, just south of Belmont, when a red sedan pulled up around 2:56 a.m. Someone in the red car started shooting at the victim, who suffered graze wounds to the left side of the head and arm, according to CPD. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

Check out this Ring surveillance camera footage. The victim, in a white Jeep, pulls to a stop at the top right corner of the screen. As he stops, loud burts of gunfire are heard.

The white Jeep, driven by the victim, heads east on Belmont Avenue, passing the camera on the wrong side of the road. The red sedan follows him. Just before the red car enters camera range, a spark flies off the sidewalk at the top right of the screen, apparently after a bullet struck the concrete.

About five minutes after the shooting, the victim called for help from the 2400 block of North Harding. CPD officers found him there in the Jeep. According to initial information, he told the police that the red car followed him to Pulaski Road before it made a U-turn and fled west on Belmont.

CPD began responding to the shooting within seconds, thanks to a ShotSpotter gunfire detection device. An officer in the Grand Central (25th) District intelligence center relayed the sensor’s information to cops in the field. Listen:

Source: Broadcastify

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, acting against the advice of his hand-picked police superintendent, announced last month that he will end ShotSpotter service in the city later this year. Several aldermen who represent areas of the city struggling to defeat violent crime encouraged Johnson to keep the system in place, as did many of their constituents.

Johnson, backed by ShotSpotter critics in the City Council, many of whom represent the city’s safest neighborhoods where the technology is not needed, claims the devices aren’t useful.

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