|Shooting victim Sauvignon Watkins|
(courtesy of Chicago Tribune)
From the Sun-Times:
"A man killed in a shooting a Starbucks in Uptown that also left two other people injured, including a 12-year-old boy, had just completed a drug deal, and was carrying a weapon and narcotics when he was shot, according to police.From Starbucks' website:
Sauvignon Watkins, a father of two from the Avalon Park neighborhood, was killed in the shooting Thursday evening in the Starbucks at 4753 N. Broadway, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The incident started with a drug deal near Broadway and Wilson, according to Town Hall District Cmdr. Marc Buslik. Police said Watkins and a 24-year-old man who was also wounded were involved in the transaction.
The 12-year-old and 24-year-old were waiting for Watkins inside the Starbucks when the shooting began, Buslik said. But police later said the boy was 'not connected to the incident.'"
"We were saddened to learn of the passing of a young man and the injury of two others as a result of gun violence at our store on North Broadway in Chicago this past Thursday.A statement from Ald. Cappleman's office:
We will reopen the store tomorrow (Saturday), and continue to provide support to our partners (employees) during this difficult time.
We are proud of our long history in Chicago and our efforts to make both economic and social impact in its communities, and we are grateful to local law enforcement for the partnership in their investigation of this terrible situation."
"On Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at approximately 8:10 p.m., outside the entrance to Starbucks on the corner of Broadway and Lawrence, a drug transaction led to the shooting of three young males, including a 12-year-old boy.We hear from various news sources that the 24-year-old man who was shot has been upgraded to serious condition (from critical), and that the 12-year-old boy's condition has been upgraded to good. The 12-year-old boy has been publicly identified as Camden Wall, and there's a story in the Tribune about his injuries and what kind of person he is.
The incident began when one of the individuals involved in the drug sale ran inside the Starbucks, followed by another person involved in the sale, who opened fired inside the Starbucks, shooting the individual he was chasing and two others. One of those who was shot later died. He was a 28-year-old resident of the South Side who was involved in the drug sale. The third person who was shot was a 24-year-old male. The 12-year-old and 24-year-old were being treated for their injuries as of Thursday night. Police are still searching for the shooter.
Alderman James Cappleman was very disturbed to learn from police that drug dealing had been going on at Starbucks for more than a week. He said, “I will not tolerate businesses that do not work with the police and my office to maintain safety. We have had issues for years with illegal activity at this business, with very little response or help from Starbucks’ management to correct the problems.”
Alderman Cappleman is taking immediate action, including:
Alderman Cappleman’s office has reported this Starbucks location to BACP in the past, and the agency has conducted investigations and temporarily closed the business for previous problems.
- Following up with the City of Chicago’s office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), to correct the safety issues at Starbucks for the safety of residents in the ward;
- Contacting Chicago Police Commander Mark Buslik to have an increase in police patrols for the area.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Chicago Police Department’s Area North Violent Crimes detectives at 312-744-8261. Any resident who suspects or is concerned about illegal activity should call 911 and should attend a Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting.
The next CAPS meeting for that police beat--Beat 1914--is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Clarendon Park, 4501 N. Clarendon."