Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn floated the idea of sending in state police, which has met with mixed reviews. Four men have now been charged in connection with the Chicago shooting that occurred last week.
Even with four men charged in connection to a mass shooting in Chicago that injured 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, some elected officials say the city needs outside help to police areas that are particularly prone to gang violence.
On Tuesday, Chicago police charged each of the four men with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. Police say two of the men, Tabari Young and Bryon Champ, opened fire on the crowd at a basketball court in retaliation for a gun wound that Mr. Champ received earlier in the day from a rival gang.
The men did not target any particular person, police say, but shot into the crowd to make a statement because the park was located in rival gang territory. The shooting took place late at night last Thursday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
The two other men charged – Kewane Gatewood and Brad Jett – assisted in the shooting, police say. All four suspects confessed to their actions, police say, and are being held without bail.
The shooting, police say, is another example of the gang violence that has wreaked havoc in certain areas of the city. Still, they point to improved policing techniques as having helped lower the number of homicides this year compared with last – specifically, increased foot patrols, the tracking of “hot” suspects via social media, and a focus on 20 “impact zones” where violence is most likely.