LOGAN SQUARE — A 32-year-old man was shot to death in Logan Square over the weekend, according to police and the local alderman.
Sinforiano Trujillo was shot around 4:35 p.m. Sunday in the 3500 block of West Cortland Street, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. Trujillo was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st), who represents the area where the shooting occurred, said district police have told him they believe the shooting stemmed from a gang dispute and Trujillo was targeted. Neighbors said the shots sounded like they came from an automatic weapon.
Attempts to reach Trujillo’s family were unsuccessful Monday.
La Spata said the shooting was “really shocking in that it did not seem there was a lot leading up to” the incident. But neighbors said gang tension in the area has been escalating. One neighbor, who declined to be named for fear of repercussions, said his house has been hit with gang tags several times in recent weeks.
“They like to use my house as a billboard,” he said.
The neighbor also said they don’t feel La Spata has been doing enough to combat gang activity, which puts residents in danger.
“What if, instead of the alley, he was in the car right here and they missed and it comes through [my] window?” the neighbor said. “It’s scary.”
La Spata said his office is working with local police and violence prevention groups to prevent shootings and keep residents safe, adding that a “collaborative” approach between local officials and neighbors is what’s needed to clamp down on the gun violence plaguing Chicago.
“We don’t want tagging to turn into violence and we don’t want violence to turn into retaliation,” the alderman said. “We’re going to work with as many partners as we can to keep that from happening.”
This is the second shooting in the area in recent weeks. A 35-year-old man was shot and injured around 7:25 a.m. March 17 while sitting on a porch in the 1800 block of North Drake Avenue, police said. Chicago police spokesman Steve Rusanov could not say Monday if the shootings were related.
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