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(Chicago Tribune) Four people, including a woman police believe was pregnant, were killed on Friday night in a rifle attack in the Brighton Park neighborhood.
The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of South Fairfield Avenue, police said. Three males, ages currently unknown, and a woman were inside a vehicle when someone inside a white SUV opened fire on them with a rifle, police said.
Responding police officers found their bodies inside the vehicle and they were pronounced dead on the scene. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the woman was believed to be pregnant, but police won’t know for sure until the autopsy.
The Brighton Park neighborhood and the nearby Back of the Yards neighborhood have been the scene of dozens of rifle shootings that have occurred since early 2016.
In February, the Chicago Tribune reported that gangs in the two neighborhoods were increasingly using rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s. At the time, there had been more than 30 shootings believed to have been tied to semi-automatic rifles in the two neighborhoods over the last year.
At least 46 people were shot in those attacks, 13 fatally.
The shooting happened near the office of Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, who sparked a firestorm this past spring when he said “no innocent lives were lost” after two people were killed and eight others wounded when two masked gunmen with rifles opened fire on a group congregating at a makeshift memorial for a man who had been slain in an earlier shooting.
Community members gathered at both ends of the crime scene on Friday to gawk, check on their loved ones and find out what happened.
Maria Mier, who lives nearby, said she saw a rush of ambulances and heard what sounded like “a machine gun.”
An EMS Plan I was called on Friday, sending at least six ambulances to the scene, but the plan was called off a short time later when police took over the incident as a crime scene, said Chicago Fire Department Cmd. Frank Velez. None of the multiple victims were taken to hospitals, Velez said.
Two men on the scene, who asked not to be identified, said they heard what sounded like a rifle firing and a car chase. Continue Reading
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