According to what readers are telling us, two Latino males fired two shots at the victim from a silver sedan. It happened in the building's side lobby, facing Ainslie, around 11:35pm. He was grazed in the back and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Shockingly, it is suspected to be gang-related, as was the earlier shooting.
If you've been out and about in Uptown, you will know that there is an increased and very visible police presence on the streets of both the 19th and 20th Districts.
In his weekly newsletter, Ald. Osterman addressed the gun violence in the 48th Ward:
"This year our city has experienced a devastating and unprecedented amount of gang and gun violence. Over 3,000 of our fellow Chicagoans have been shot and over 500 killed. Left in the wake of these staggering numbers are lives lost, and families, friends, and communities painfully affected. Despite the positive strides we have made together to reduce gun violence and improve public safety, our community is not immune to the violence throughout Chicago.
Last weekend we experienced three shooting incidents in our community.
- A 25 year-old man and a 17 year-old man were shot on Saturday, Sept. 3 around 8:20 pm, as they sat in a car in the alley behind 4927 N. Kenmore. Both have been treated for their injuries. Chicago Police believe this was a gang related shooting.
- Early on Sunday, Sept. 4, at around 3:15 am, shots were fired near the intersection of Norwood and Glenwood. No one was injured in this incident and police later recovered three shell casings, which are being analyzed by the Chicago Police Department.
- On Monday, Sept. 5, around 11:05 pm, there were shots fire between motorists at the intersection of Ridge and Clark St. No one was injured in this incident. A Nissan was seen fleeing the scene heading east on Ridge toward Lake Shore Drive.
These events last weekend are a vivid reminder that we, as a community, need to continue to work closely with the Chicago Police and to have ongoing vigilance to continue to make our neighborhood safer. The police need our assistance in addressing crime. It is critical that we all report suspicious activity or criminal behavior to the police by calling 911. If you see something, say something.
It is also critically important that we are aware of our surroundings and the conditions of the blocks that we live on. Being aware as we exit the CTA, walk to the store, or walk through the neighborhood adds to our personal safety. Being aware of the conditions on our block and reporting street lights that are out, problem buildings and businesses, and helping ensure that our neighbors are securing their cars, garages, and homes, adds to our community's overall safety.
My office and I are committed each day to addressing safety concerns in our community and are working with the local police to target safety concerns. As the City Council prepares for the 2017 budget process, I will be joining with my many colleagues to fight to hire additional police our streets. The overwhelming violence across the city has shown us the need for more police to patrol the streets.
The City Council is also taking the needed steps to improve the police accountability system in Chicago, which is needed and important to re-establish trust with the police and our communities. I will be working closely with my colleagues to look at the citywide issues affecting the violence on our streets, including employment, education, youth issues, and the criminal justice system. Public safety remains my number one priority.
As your alderman and a father of three, I want to ensure that every person and every block in our neighborhood is safe. Working closely together with the Chicago Police and other stakeholders, we can continue to make our neighborhood and city safer. In October I will be hosting a series of Town Halls around the ward where I will discuss safety and other issues, I ask you to join me at these meetings."