See original alert at the bottom of this page
I do not make a habit of sending emails that I receive out to the public, but given the importance of this issue to the folks that live by River Park and the fact that false information has been circulating about the city camera in the immediate area, I feel it necessary to provide you with Commander Loughran’s response to the inquiry. As his email points out, I moved the camera from a different location to address some gang-related issues over a year ago.
I am the father of 5 children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom live within a half mile of River Park and I am totally invested in the safety of the area. And while I am concerned about the whole city, my immediate concern related to this incident is about the immediate area around River Park, and the Commander’s email sets forth what we have agreed is an appropriate response to this incident.
The street stop that the Commander’s email mentions occurred earlier on the day of the shooting and is further evidence that the men and women of the 20th District are vigilant on our behalf.
Please read the Commander’s email below.
Ald. Pat O’Connor
Because it is of particular interest to members of the community on beat 2031 and unusual for that area, I wanted to provide you with an update for the investigation as much as I can.
We have formulated no concrete leads for the offenders at this time. Private video has been located and results of those images have been shared with not only detectives but surrounding districts to aid in the investigation.
Additionally, the Department POD camera located at 5000 North Francisco (on the northeast corner reallocated with your assistance and funding) is functioning now and was functioning at the time of incident. Unfortunately, it is an older generation camera that requires a line of sight download through a cellular link, preventing us from remotely winding back the footage from the incident. We have been and continue to live monitor that camera with our SDSC room personnel. Detectives from Area North requested the upload of that footage immediately after the incident. I am awaiting their results and any updates from the investigation. It is still my belief that all parties involved in this incident predominantly are active in the 17th District west of our location across the river. The victim has a significant criminal history and was stopped by 20th District tactical personnel prior to the incident. The stop was documented appropriately and they were sent on their way.
We have significantly stepped up our presence in the area with a post shooting mission which includes traffic enforcement, community engagement and a rotation of both marked and unmarked units. I personally was involved in the mission yesterday afternoon. Weather depending, we have a scheduled positive loitering event at the location on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Sean R. Loughran
Commander, 20th District
Chicago Police Department
Neighborhood Alert – May 26, 2019
I have been informed by 20th District Police Commander Sean Loughran that there was a shooting yesterday afternoon, Monday, March 25, on the 5000 block of N. Francisco Ave.
Please read the following statement from the 20th District:
A male Hispanic, 33 years old, was shot yesterday at 5040 N. Francisco at approximately 2:40 pm. He was shot in the lower abdomen and is in good condition. The victim is a member of the Latin Kings and relates that while he and a friend were parked in his vehicle, another vehicle pulled past his car and the passenger of that vehicle began firing at them. This appears to be a targeted shooting and there is no threat to the general public.
Detectives are currently working on retrieving any video. There will be an increase in patrol from both the 020th and 017th Districts in the area.
As always, please call 911 immediately if you see anything suspicious occurring in your area.
Alderman Pat O’Connor