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3 victims in 2 Chicago shootings were killed in ongoing gang war

09 May 2017

The victims, two of whom died, were attending a memorial for a person shot and killed that day in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the southwest side. The shooting occurred as a large group of people gathered to remember the victim of another shooting early Sunday morning, police said. Police said the attack was believed to be a gang-related retaliation for another, unspecified shooting in the same neighborhood.

An 18-year-old man, accused of being the getaway driver in the shooting of two Chicago police officers last week, is expected to appear in bond court Monday. Eight others were wounded by gunfire.

Police already had an extra gang patrol in the area.

High-powered rifles have been used in almost three dozen shootings so far this year - leading police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to renew his call for tougher gun laws.

"We have a fairly good idea who we're looking for", Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said following the incident.

"Everyone in the gang knew at that point that these guys did not shoot rival gang members, they shot officers", Chicago police Area Central Cmdr. Cardova was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m., the office said.

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"We have a fairly good idea of the conflict involved and where we need to be deployed, so right now, we're trying to saturate the area and ensure that nothing else happens tonight and going into the next couple days", Ryan added.

Another violent shooting in Chicago took place over the weekend. Parents said children were nearby at the time.

The answer could be that Chicago politicians have made it so hard for officers to do their jobs that members of gangs taking out members of other gangs is praised as some warped version of policing by the same politicians.

Several members of the La Raza street gang provided information that helped police to identify a driver and a shooter who they said pulled up alongside two plainclothes officers last Tuesday and opened fire with a military-style rifle, hitting one officer in the arm and hip and the other in the back, according to the department.

The occupants of the Nissan Murano as well as another gang vehicle - a red van - noticed the black van following them and believed them to be rival gang members, prosecutors said. Both were released from Stroger Hospital the day after the shooting. "They shot right into the back of it". Two weapons were recovered in the search, officials said, at least one of which was a high-powered assault rifle discovered in a vehicle seized at the scene.

3 victims in 2 Chicago shootings were killed in ongoing gang war