Gang Mass Shooting, Gunman with High Powered Rifle Kills 1, Wounds 4 in Brighton Park

A Gunman with a high-powered rifle opened fire on a car in the Brighton Park neighborhood Wednesday night, killing a teen and wounding four other people, according to Chicago police.

On the Southwest Side, some of the victims were believed to be members of the Satan Disciples street gang and the attackers members of the rival Latin Saints, according to a law enforcement source, who said a .223-caliber rifle was used.

The victims were sitting in a Toyota sedan when a van pulled up around 6:10 p.m. in the 4200 block of South Talman Avenue, authorities said. The Toyota sped off after shots were fired, making it to the parking lot at Archer and Western avenues, where paramedics were called to the scene, authorities said.

An 18-year-old man was pronounced dead inside the car, police said.

A 22-year-old man was shot in the face, and an 18-year-old was shot in the back. Both were listed in critical condition. A 25-year-old man was shot in the arm, and his condition was stabilized. All three were taken to Stroger Hospital. A 21-year-old man was shot in the finger and went to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Police found nearly 30 shell casings at the scene, across the street from an elementary school, according to Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, who spoke briefly to reporters on the scene.

“These are gang members who are on a mission to kill as many of their opposition as possible,” he said. “There’s no rhyme or reason. They’re almost killing for sport, just so they can say that they killed that gang member or that gang member, for the bragging rights of saying they’ve killed people.”

Wednesday’s attack followed a shooting in Brighton Park last month that killed two and wounded two in the 4300 block of South Rockwell Street less than a block away. Lopez said he believed the two shootings are related.

Following that shooting, Lopez urged the city to shut down a local grocery store and taco stand connected to the shooting.

About a block from the elementary school, Charmaine Overman, 55, stood on her porch as police investigated.

Overman said she was concerned her neighbor’s car was hit by gunfire. She wasn’t home but saw her neighbor talking to police when she got home.

Overman, who grew up in the same house, said she would consider moving if the violence continues to escalate. Continue Reading

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