Friday, July 29, 2016

Shooting in Front of Christopher House (Leland and Winthrop)

Around 11 AM, witnesses report approximately 10-12 shots were fired in front of Christopher House (on the corner of N. Winthrop and W. Leland Ave). A young man suffered a grazed wound to the shoulder. The car fled away in the alley south of Leland between Broadway and Winthrop. 

Footage caught on the scene shortly after the shooting (police arriving and roping off the streets with tape):

CBS2 was on the scene later in the afternoon, expect a report this evening. 

A communication regarding the shooting from Alderman James Cappleman:

"Hi , 
At around 11am today, a young man suffered a grazed wound in the shoulder from gunfire at the corner of Winthrop and Leland. The man is being treated at Illinois Masonic and is expected to fully recover.

I spoke with Commander Cesario a few minutes ago, who told me that Area North Detectives were on the scene, and that there will be an increased police presence in the area. If you or anyone you know witnessed today's shooting, please call the Area North Detectives at 312-744-8200.

I want to encourage all residents to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity that they believe needs immediate attention by the police. Even if you're not sure about making a call, it's fine to call 911 and let the operator assess what the next steps should be.

One effective strategy that some neighbors are using is the establishment of a phone tree. When one neighbor calls 911 for suspicious activity, other neighbors are notified to look out the window and call 911 as well.

I also encourage you to participate in Court Advocacy, a program that coordinates trained residents to attend court proceedings when a person who is charged with a serious crime goes before a judge. On a number of occasions, I have attended these court hearings as well because it sends a very clear message to the judge that we take these types of offenses, that affect the quality of life for area residents, very seriously.

Additionally, please consider attending National Night Out this Tuesday, August 2 at Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. There will be food and refreshments, youth activities, and entertainment.

Violent crime such as this will not to be tolerated in our neighborhoods. Please get involved to help us all address it."

Update: Click here for the video from CBS2. 

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