3 wounded in drive by shooting; Mayor announces more officers to streets

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Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday he is putting more police officers on the streets to combat violence.

Speaking at a park grand opening this afternoon, Emanuel said 150 officers will be moved from behind a desk onto the streets of the city of Chicago to bring safety into neighborhoods.

“We needed to make this type of investment, whether it’s some playgrounds, to pre-k, to police officers, we want to make sure that every part of the city has the opportunity to play and the opportunity to play safely,” Emanuel said. “It’s through that safety that communities and neighborhoods come together.”

The announcement came around the same time that three people were critically wounded in an apparent drive by shooting in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The three men were hanging out outside a home in the 8600 block of S Colfax when a witness says a blue car pulled up and open fired.

The men shot range in age from 27 to 33-years-old.  They are all in critical condition tonight.

Police are investigating.


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  • Oh My

    It has inly taken Rham 3/4 of the summer to realize we need more police in the streets?
    OMG what a tool.
    How about he finnally takes the govenor ‘s offer of the State Police to hrlp patril our streets.
    Naaa why eould he do that, that would be the most logical approach, I mean after all we pay taxes for the State Police.

  • John

    How about taking all the Officers that have to cover all the parties,festivals, art fairs, garden walks and Taste of every neighborhood in Chicago and put them in the high crime areas.

  • Chris

    More police? What they need to do is bring in the National Guard and militarize the South and West sides. It is time we make the tough decision to save innocent people from being killed. It is a warzone down there – and it’s time we start treating it that way.

  • Matt

    As journalists you should be ashamed of yourselves! What happened to proof reading? “They ate all in critical condition tonight.”

  • Ofycial

    Why is this being reported like it’s a new policy or something. They already did this last year. Most of the officers behind the desk have already been moved to the streets.