CHICAGO — Chicago’s top cop says a simmering feud among rival gangs led to Tuesday’s mass shooting in the city’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
One person was killed and four people were wounded when gunfire rang out at 48th just before 4:45 p.m. Authorities said one 19-year-old man died and two others, 16 and 18, were critically injured following the shooting. A 16-year-old and an 18-year-old were also shot and listed in good condition.
On Wednesday, Chicago police Supt. David Brown pointed the finger at suspected gang leader Sergio Barron for the increase in violence.
Brown says just days after Barron was released from federal custody in March, Chicago police picked him up on a weapons charge. Brown said Barron was then let out on a $1,000 cash bond.
In April, Barron’s brother was murdered and city police believe the slaying has fueled the escalating gang war.
Brown is now calling on county prosecutors to get Barron off the streets.
“We are in discussions now with the US Attorney’s Office as well as the State’s Attorney’s Office to try and see how we can revoke (Barron’s) bond and get this high-ranking gang member that is driving this violence because of retaliation for his brother’s murder him off the street,” Brown said.
Police also charged two suspected gang members with assaulting police officers at the scene of Tuesday’s mass shooting.
Mario Sanders, 20, faces aggravated battery and resisting arrest charges. Police say Sanders pushed an officer to the ground and punched another in the face.