An absolutely ridiculous night for law-abiding Uptowners, as the gangs decided to play Wild West at two different locations. As far as we know, no one was hurt.
- Readers report hearing 20-25 gunshots fired at Clarendon Park around 10pm. Police responded immediately and in force, as seen in the photo above. The park was cleared. A helicopter circled, and as late as midnight, there were still investigations going on and a large police presence. Several readers saw shooters as they were near the park when the shooting took place. One suspect is described as "Suspect M/B in his 20's, braids, all white clothing may have changed into black shirt."
- Around the same time, there was a shooting on Wilson Avenue, across from Truman College. A reader says, "Purple minivan getaway waiting on Racine drove north after hooded shooter shot 8-10 times, ran and drove away, hitting nobody."
Seriously, there's a gang war that involves affiliated gangs from Lakeview to Evanston. Anything anywhere along the way could have sparked some payback. Rogers Park and Edgewater murders have been linked to an Uptown rap conflict on YouTube, of all things. Incidents like tonight's are so frustrating because they're so senseless to everyone except the participants. Luckily, no lives were lost tonight.
Where there's gang violence, there's usually blowback, so be sure to call 911 if you see anything suspicious, any incidents that look like they're about to escalate into something more serious.