CHICAGO — Four people were killed and another is in critical condition after a shooting in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side Saturday afternoon.
Police responded to a call involving five people shot on the 100 block of West 105th St. around 12:40 p.m. Saturday, according to CPD. Four victims were found dead, including a 19-year-old woman and a 41-year-old woman, and a 36-year-old man and a 45-year-old man. A fifth 18-year-old female victim was taken to Christ Hospital in critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department. CPD hasn’t released any other details about the victims.
A toddler was found uninjured at the scene and he was taken to Roseland Hospital for observation.
Family members identified two of the victims as brother and sister Elijah Jackson and Shacora Jackson.
“We just buried my brother a week ago, and now this, so we just devastated,” said Bakirah Woods, a cousin of one of the victims.
An entire city block was closed for the investigation as dozens of officers, detectives and emergency res ponders came to the scene. Devastated friends and family arrived at the scene, not yet knowing the the extent of the crime. Police say they know the killings weren’t random, and that it may be related to a family situation.
“At this point everything is still unfolding, we have more questions than answers – we have no offender information at all,” said Deputy CPD Chief Kevin Navarro.
Crisis responder Dawn Valenti is helping the Jackson family as it begins to deal with the disturbing development of multiple homicides in one home.
“A week away from Christmas, over 700 homicides this year, [there’s] not a lot of celebrating in those 700 families,” Valenti said.
Authorities say the woman still in critical condition. Police say the next step in their investigation is to do a thorough sweep for forensic evidence.