Is Violent Gang Activity Moving North in the City of Chicago? Homicide in Uptown; Machete Attack Albany Park

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A fatal shooting on Magnolia Avenue near Montrose Avenue in Uptown yesterday is raising concerns about gang violence in the North Side of Chicago. Uptown’s Alderman James Cappleman said in a letter to constituents that the shooting was gang-related, and called for police to step up patrols.

Christopher McGee, 22, was shot in the chest around 11 a.m. Monday a block north of his home in the 4400 block of North Magnolia Avenue, according to Chicago police. McGee was transported by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

Chicago’s 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman responded with an email sent to his constituents Monday afternoon after the shooting, and posted the statement on his website

Late this morning, an individual was shot from a gang-related shooting on the 4500 block of N. Magnolia. He later died at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. I’ve requested an increased police presence in the area while I work with the detectives and the commander. They are reviewing camera footage from police cameras and other surveillance cameras in the area. As always, if you see something suspicious, do not hesitate and call 911 immediately.

While more police presence helps curb crime, it’s not enough. We need to do more and offer more alternatives for our youth in our community. I have helped many youth programs secure City funding and support them in their programming and fundraising efforts. After talking to other elected officials and organizations in the area, a few weeks ago, I asked a number of youth organizations to participate in the creation of the upcoming 46th Ward Community Youth Forum. At this forum, youth organizations, community leaders and elected officials will come together to talk and create a plan of action that will respond better to the needs of the at-risk youth in our community. Any ideas or suggestions you have or if you want to help, please contact Caitlin at [email protected] or stop by my office during open office hours Monday evenings between 5 pm -7 pm to chat with me.

I would like to also encourage you to attend your next CAPS meeting where the commander and myself will be present to answer any of your questions. Click here for information about CAPS meetings in your area. Additionally, I’ll keep you updated on the 46th Ward Youth Forum as we get closer to the event.

— Ald. James Cappleman

Last Monday, September 8, 2014 seven suspects, including three juveniles, were arrested and charged with attacking two brothers with a machete at the Brown Line Kedzie CTA station in the Albany Park neighborhood. One of the victims suffered a machete wound 6 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep while waiting for a CTA train at the station with his brother. The victims said they were attacked after they refused to flash gang signs and told the offenders they weren’t gang members.

Map of Uptown Neighborhood …
(on the lake shore including Montrose Beach and Montrose Harbor)

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Map of Albany Park Neighborhood …
(Near the I-90 and I-94 split, just west of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, which is just west of the Uptown neighborhood)

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According to the Chicago Tribune Uptown several shootings occurred this summer, including a Racine Avenue drive-by that left three wounded, a July homicide and an August shooting near Clarendon Park that police officials also said was gang-related.

See also …
Chicago Tribune Alderman calls for more patrols after Uptown fatal shooting One Severely Injured in Gang Machete Attack at Brown Line Kedzie Station, Chicago

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