Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown promised on Wednesday that “the full weight of all the resources at our disposal” will be used against the gangs responsible for seriously injuring a girl who was caught in the crossfire after celebrating her 12th birthday with a family dinner in West Englewood.
Brown said the Chicago Police Department has “great video” of Tuesday night’s shooting in the 2300 block of West 72nd Street and is confident an offender will be identified as officers check promising leads.
“It was heinous, reckless, senseless and the gangs involved – and you know who you are – we’re after you,” Brown said at a City Hall press conference called to emphasize the “whole of government” approach. from Mayor Lori Lightfoot on combat. criminality.
“We want to send a strong message to these violent offenders that this will not be tolerated in the city of Chicago and there will be a price to pay in the criminal justice system for you. So the total weight of all the resources we have will be on the gang responsible for this. Officers will be working around the clock. Our homicide detectives will be relentless in solving this crime.
Brown said police need the public’s help to solve the crime – a crime that has become tragically familiar to residents of the South and West neighborhoods.
“If you know anything about any of these offenders. There is a video we are watching. There are cars that we are trying to identify. But people were on the streets when it happened. So someone knows something that can solve this crime,” Brown said.
“If you come forward, you can come forward anonymously and you can receive up to $15,000 in rewards for information leading to charges and/or convictions for this crime.”
The girl was in a car when someone on the street opened fire in the 2300 block of West 72nd Street around 7:50 p.m., Chicago police said.
The girl was injured in the back of the head. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition, police said.
Community activist Andrew Holmes told reporters at the hospital that the girl had just turned 12 and was “now fighting for her life”.
“We seriously need to start exposing these people,” Holmes said. “If you have video surveillance, knowledge, license plates, whatever, it doesn’t matter. This child is fighting for her life.
The shooting occurred in the CPD’s 8th District, which has seen a 29% increase in shootings this year compared to the same time last year, according to police data. Overall crime is up 54% in the district, including aggravated battery, robbery, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.