Alderman Pat Dowell responds to community calls for more action in the fight against gun violence

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CHICAGO — As WGN News covered a fatal shooting Wednesday in Wentworth Gardens, a resident who was interviewed wanted to know, “Where is everybody?” — specifically seeking a response from city officials in response to the violence.

“Where is CHA? Where is Pat Dowell? Where is our aldermen? Where are these people?,” Resident Tunyona Frazier said during an interview with WGN Reporter Glenn Marshall.

WGN reached out to CHA, they declined an interview but released the following statement:

“Wednesday morning’s shooting is a tragedy, and CHA stands with residents in the Wentworth Gardens community as it recovers from this violence. CHA is cooperating fully with the Chicago Police Department in their investigation of this incident.

Promoting public safety at all our sites is a top priority for CHA. In addition to working closely with the Chicago Police Department, CHA employs private security contractors and has redeployed additional resources to Wentworth Gardens. CHA also operates a 24 hour hotline where residents can report security concerns.  

CHA is committed to continuing to work with our partners in law enforcement and the community to ensure the safety of all our residents.” 

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Also called out by name, Ald. Pat Dowell, who joined WGN News Thursday to answer to criticisms that residents should have the same police protection that baseball fans see at nearby White Sox games.

“There has been an uptick in issues at Wentworth Gardens, and we definitely have to secure the residents there and we’re working very hard to do that by coordinating more of the conversation between the police department, the private security and the residents,” Dowell said in an interview with WGN.

Dowell continued, “We have addressed some of the issues by adding two cars, one that sits on 37th Street and another one that sits on Wentworth between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. This incident occurred at 5 a.m. And we’ve added some additional cameras surrounding that development and making sure the cameras within the development work.”

The alderman also responded to Tunyona Frazier’s accusation that there are a lot of police around Guaranteed Rate Field, but not around Wentworth Gardens.

“The police around Guaranteed Field are there during game days, and not there when there are no games — and we do continue to have increased patrol of Wentworth Gardens. This was a very unfortunate and tragic incident that happened here the other night, but we are committed to working with the residents and the police department and CHA to make some improvements there,” Dowell said.

Chicago police are still looking for the gunman in Wednesday’s fatal shooting that killed one person and injured two others Wentworth Gardens.

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