From Ald. Cappleman's Wednesday's newsletter:
"Shooter Arrested. A person is now in custody and charged for the shooting that occurred at Broadway & Wilson on Saturday, Aug 31. The individual is now being questioned for other shootings. Good camera footage and other types of community involvement assisted with making this arrest. A special thanks to the 19th District Police and police detectives who worked tirelessly on this case. As the investigation continues, more information will be released."
UU Note: It is our understanding that because the victim of the shooting is a minor, his condition is being kept confidential, unless his family releases it.
"On June 28th, I got a call from John, the owner of Papa Ray's Pizza (4757 N. Sheridan). He told me about a shooting that had just occurred less than 100 feet from his restaurant. With the help of the 19th and 20th Police Commanders, the Weiss Plaza manager, several business owners, block clubs, the Community Justice Center, and CAPS Beat Facilitators Ed Kuske and Richard Thale, we put together an action plan that beefed up security personnel, cleared storefront windows, put in more cameras, and changed store policies to improve public safety in the area.
The results have been dramatic. Not only has the public loitering and drinking decreased substantially, but John, the same guy from Papa Ray's who called me on June 28th, told me recently that his sales increased 20% with the new plan in place.
Since June 28th, we've had 2 other incidents at other "hotspots" in the Ward. What we did at Weiss Plaza, we are in the process of establishing at these areas as well.
We have seen how this process can turn around an area in a short amount of time. All of us will be working together to make this community a safer place for everyone."
UU Note: We're hearing from people who work there that things are much, much better at Weiss Plaza, thanks to a security guard, increased cooperation among the businesses, cameras that are linked into OEMC, cut-back foliage, and other measures that the management of the property and the business owners have initiated. However, it was a long frustrating summer; their stores suffered while things were being sorted out. Your patronage of the businesses in Weiss Plaza would be a great way to reward them and thank them for turning a legendary trouble area around.