Ald, Cappleman sent out a newsletter:
"This afternoon, a 58 year old Hispanic man and a 58 year old Caucasian woman who were both bystanders, were shot at the corner of Windsor and Sheridan in what police describe as a gang-related shooting. Video footage from a police camera (placed there last year) will be reviewed to capture the person responsible for this senseless act.Both victims were taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, and the blog Crime In Boystown reports that the woman has died of her injuries. We don't have her name, but CWB reports she lived on the 4500 block of Broadway. The man was shot in the leg and is expected to recover.
As I've said before, I'm asking 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.
There are things we all can do to address the culture of violence we see today in Chicago and across this nation. First and foremost, we must pressure our federal and state legislators to pass gun law reform; the ease of access to guns is appalling and our elected leaders MUST do everything possible to place more restrictions on gun access.
This Friday, I will be joining others to commemorate the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and a group of 700 civil rights activists, religious leaders, and courageous community members who marched across the city to Chicago's Marquette Park where they confronted thousands of violent protesters who hurled rocks, bottles at them. We must continue that message of peace."
CWB says, "Witnesses told police that a newer, black 4-door Toyota sedan rolled up Sheridan around 3:20PM and a man opened fire from the rear right passenger window."
With the shooting on Friday morning, shots fired around Wilson/Broadway yesterday evening around 7:30, and today's shooting, something has the gangs in an uproar. It is a tragedy that two people who were apparently not involved in the gangs' idiotic behavior were shot because of it.
Our deepest condolences to the people mourning their friends.
Update: The woman who was killed is Penny Gearhart. She was a StreetWise vendor, a familiar face at Inspiration Cafe, and a grandmother. May she rest in peace.