ALBANY PARK — A 38-year-old man was fatally shot Monday afternoon in Albany Park, as the neighborhood struggles with a surge in shootings.
About 3:45 p.m., the man was in the 4800 block of North Bernard Street when someone got out of a dark-colored SUV and shot at him, police said. The man was hit in his head, body and legs.
The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital and died, police said.
A few blocks away, police investigated a dark-colored SUV that had crashed in the 3200 block of West Ainslie Street, just behind Hibbard Elementary School. The front fender on the SUV was smashed and the passenger side airbag was deployed.
A person of interest was taken into custody, police said.
The shooting prompted a significant police response with helicopters periodically hovering in the area.
Officers roped off the street and sidewalk near the middle of the block. A uniformed officer and a detective could be seen pointing out shell casings on the sidewalk in front of two-story homes.
Neighbors in the 17th Police District, which encompasses Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor, have been frustrated with persistent shootings that have more than doubled over the past year. Local police have said the increased is driven by multiple escalating gang-related conflicts.
Neighbors, elected officials and police have struggled to agree upon potential solutions. Some have demanded more police resources in the area and others have pushed more social services and violence interrupters to help prevent crime.
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