Gun-controlled Chicago: 3 cops shot last week, one this week, with shootings of police outpacing 2020 already

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Update:  Since this article was written, a fourth police officer has been shot within the span of two weeks in Chicago.  You can read about that shooting at our link here.

CHICAGO, IL -A Chicago police officer has been shot in the hand in the line of duty, bringing the total of Chicago cops shot last week to three, and the total of Chicago cops shot or shot at to 16 this year so far.

According to the Chicago Tribune, on Saturday, March 20, Austin District officers responded to a report of possible gunshots in the area near Maypole and La Crosse Avenues in the Austin community.

As responding officers attempted to find the shooter, shots were fired at them, and one officer was hit in the hand by gunfire.

After the officer was shot, a suspect was located firing a gun from an elevated first-floor window in a nearby building.  

Police Superintendent David Brown reported in a press conference that the shooter next engaged other responding police officers in gunfire.

The suspect barricaded himself in the building, and an hours-long standoff followed. 

Nearby neighbors were evacuated for their safety, and crisis negotiators were called in to communicate with the suspect.

Ultimately, the suspect surrendered without incident.  

SWAT officers took the suspect into custody.  His identity has not yet been released.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.  

Two other persons were also taken into custody, and their role in the events is not known at this time.

Investigation into the incident continues, with police also pursuing leads on cars that fled the scene when the responding officers initially arrived.

The officer who was shot in the hand was transported by squad car to Mount Sinai hospital, where Superintendent Brown reported that she was recovering, “in good spirits, but in a lot of pain.”  A recent report from CBS Chicago notes that she has now been released from the hospital.

Another officer experienced chest pains at the scene of the shooting, and he has been hospitalized at Mount Sinai and is expected to recover.

The officer who was shot in the hand is the third police officer in Chicago to be shot in the span of one week.

On Sunday, March 14, as we previously reported, an 26-year veteran officer was shot by an unknown suspect while he stood in 6th District police station parking lot.

The bullet grazed the officer’s chin, and he was treated and released at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

At this writing, it is still not known whether the officer was deliberately targeted, and there are no suspects in custody.

Then on Monday, March 15, an off-duty Chicago police officer was ambushed and shot while waiting at a red light in Calumet Heights.

According to Fox32 Chicago, the 4-year veteran of CPD’s 4th District was stopped at the light in his personal vehicle when two gunmen approached him and fired into his car.

Responding officers, described by Superintendent Brown as “three heroic women,” found that the officer had been shot in the lower torso, administered first aid, and rushed him in a squad car to the University of Chicago Medical Center.   

The wounded officer underwent surgery and has been reported to be “doing well” and in fair condition.

According to Superintendent Brown, there were “rumors of a carjacking,” but details remained scant.

Police officers later located the suspects’ vehicle, which had been fraudulently rented from Avis.

In an effort to find the suspects wanted in connection to the shooting, CPD has released surveillance video to the public.

No arrests have been reported at this time.

These three shootings last week have brought the total of Chicago officers shot, or shot at, to 16 in 2021 alone.

Superintendent Brown reviewed these grim statistics at his recent press conference.  

He also stated that in 2020, the 79 officers who were shot at or shot represented a “500 percent increase” in officers who were shot at or shot the previous year.

This year’s numbers, he soberly noted, are “outpacing” those of 2020 thus far.

Brown continued:

“This highlights the dangers, but it also highlights the bravery, dedication, and commitment officers have, in really running toward danger to protect the people of Chicago.”

He added to the press:

“This should be your takeaway, that these brave men and women of the department run toward danger to protect the people of Chicago.”

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Mayor Lightfoot’s gun-controlled Chicago: 39 shot, 4 killed, with 15 victims injured in single shooting incident

CHICAGO, IL – The city of Chicago endured a violent weekend between the evening of March 12th and the early morning hours of March 15th – with 39 people having been shot across the city, 4 of which died from their sustained injuries. 

One shooting incident in particular resulted in 15 people being shot, and 2 dying. 

One of the most detrimental shooting incidents within Chicago over the weekend occurred at approximately 4:40 a.m. on March 14th within the 6700 block of South South Chicago Avenue. 

Police say that some sort physical altercation took place at a party, which then escalated into gunfire. Officials say that 15 people were shot during the incident, with the victims’ ages ranging from 20 to 44 years old. 

Two victims were pronounced deceased at the scene, with investigators reportedly finding four guns at the scene as well. The deceased victims were later identified as 30-year-old Rayneesha Dotson and 29-year-old Lionel Darling. 

As for the 13 other victims impacted from the incident, one reportedly suffered a graze wound and refused treatment, while the other 12 were transported to nearby hospitals with listed conditions ranging from good to critical.

Investigators are currently working on “several different” leads related to the case, but no arrests have been publicly announced as of this writing. 

Hours prior to the mass shooting incident, a 54-year-old man was fatally shot in an Avalon Park apartment within the 7900 block of South Kimbark Avenue at approximately 1:05 a.m. on March 14th. 

The victim, later identified as Gino Collins, was pronounced deceased at the scene and investigators were said to have recovered a firearm from the scene as well. 

In a shooting that occurred during the evening of March 13th, a 47-year-old woman and 51-year-old man were shot – with the female victim, later identified as Susana Rodriguez, having been shot fatally. 

Police say that the double shooting occurred at approximately 9:35 p.m. that evening while the victims were sitting on the front porch of a home located within the 4100 block of West Potomac Avenue. 

Investigators say that two male assailants walked up to the victims as they were sitting on the porch and opened fire. The surviving male victim was said to have suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and is in fair condition. 

As for the some of the other non-fatal shooting across the city over the weekend, a 32-year-old woman who had been the passenger inside of a vehicle involved in an alleged DUI crash had been reportedly shot three times

The crash had occurred at roughly 2:30 a.m. on March 15th, but it’s currently unclear as to how the passenger inside of the black Dodge sedan had sustained the gunshot wounds in relation to the alleged DUI incident. 

On the afternoon of March 14th, a 13-year-old boy was among four people wounded in a shooting that took place within the 2600 block of East 77th Street. 

The incident in question transpired at approximately 2:42 p.m. that day, with the 13-year-old boy having suffered a gunshot wound to his knee. The three other victims were listed as a 20-year-old, a 36-year-old male, and a 26-year-old woman. 

All of the victims involved in said shooting were listed as being in good condition. 

At approximately 10:52 a.m. on March 13th, a 32-year-old man was shot within the 6900 block of South State Street. Police say that the victim was approached by an assailant who walked up and opened fire, striking the victim in his foot.

Said victim was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center and was listed as being in good condition.

Roughly six hours prior to that shooting, a 27-year-old man was seriously wounded in a shooting that occurred as the victim was inside of his vehicle in a garage in the 8100 block of South Green Street. 

The victim was said to have been shot in the abdomen and was later transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

As for the earliest reported shooting from the weekend, a 20-year-old man was shot on March 12th at approximately 5:20 p.m. within the 9200 block of South Princeton Avenue.

The victim was said to have been riding in a vehicle when someone opened fire on him – with the bullet grazing the victim’s back. Police say the victim crashed into a parked vehicle after being shot. 

There were at least 13 other people non-fatally shot across the city between 5:00 p.m. on March 12th and 5:00 a.m. of March 15th.

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