BRIGHTON PARK — The takeover of a major Southwest Side intersection by about 100 drivers turned deadly early Sunday when a fight turned into a mass shooting that left three young men dead and two injured.
Ald. Ray Lopez, who represents the area, called the shooting “the intersection [of] street stupidity and gang life,” saying gangs are showing up at Chicago’s dangerous “car caravans,” where drivers block intersections all over the city and do doughnuts and other tricks as large groups watch and shoot video.
The deadly takeover happened at Kedzie and Archer. Police Commander Don Jerome said “approximately 100 cars had gained control of the intersection.”
At about 4 a.m., someone who was fighting with four others pulled out a gun and fired at least 13 rounds, he said.
Five people were hit. Four were taken to area hospitals by people at the caravan. Three of those people died at local hospitals, Jerome said.
The commander didn’t comment on a motive other than saying that those killed had gang affiliations and were part of the initial fight. Lopez blamed the shooting on a fight between rival gangs.
Police were watching and monitoring the drifting on video surveillance from the 9th district police station, Jerome said.
In August, a driver who was drag racing hit and killed a woman who was crossing the street.
The three people who died Sunday morning were males between the ages of approximately 15 and 20, Jerome said. The two other men who were shot are in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital, where they’re expected to recover.
Police recovered multiple shell casings from the intersection but didn’t retrieve any guns, Jerome said. Detectives are continuing to investigate the situation.
Since these kinds of driving events have been happening more frequently, the city passed an ordinance in July that allows police to impound cars used in drag racing and drifting, using social media and videos as evidence.
“It didn’t work last night,” Lopez said. “And it wasn’t just at this location. If this had been nipped in the bud at the very first location where this cycle of stupidity kicked off on last night, we wouldn’t have five people shot here right now.”
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