There's been an uptick in gun-related incidents in and around Sheridan Park over the last few days. Readers have reported gun fire across a few locations roughly between Leland, Sunnyside, Magnolia and Beacon. Unfortunately the violence seems to have culminated in a man being killed on Monday.
DNAInfo has the story on the man here, and the Alderman's office has issued a formal response.
Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I've requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.While more police presence helps curb crime, it's not enough. We need to do more and offer more alternatives for our youth in our community. I have helped many youth programs secure City funding and support them in their programming and fundraising efforts. After talking to other elected officials and organizations in the area, a few weeks ago, I asked a number of youth organizations to participate in the creation of the upcoming 46th Ward Community Youth Forum. At this forum, youth organizations, community leaders and elected officials will come together to talk and create a plan of action that will respond better to the needs of the at-risk youth in our community. Any ideas or suggestions you have or if you want to help, please contact Caitlin at Caitlin@james46.org or stop by my office during open office hours Monday evenings between to chat with me.I would like to also encourage you to attend your next CAPS meeting where the commander and myself will be present to answer any of your questions. Click here for information about CAPS meetings in your area. Additionally, I'll keep you updated on the 46th Ward Youth Forum as we get closer to the event.
Please remember to always call 911 anytime you believe you've heard gunshots, or notice any type of drug-dealing or other gang-related activity.