Residents raise concerns on how police handle shooting incident

By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, two men who were riding in a Ford Taurus shot at three other people as they were walking in the area of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

The incident occurred just after 2 p.m.

The suspects damaged a parked vehicle. No one was injured.

A 42-year-old man returned to his vehicle that was parked on the block and discovered a bullet hole in the hood and the roof of the car.

In the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) incident report, a suspect was identified by a witness, detained by a UCPD officer and later arrested by a CPD officer.

CPD, however, claims that there have not been any arrests made.

Neighbors in the area where the incident occurred were not pleased with how the incident was handled.

Marielle Sainvilus, a University of Chicago spokeswoman, said the UCPD acted accordingly and followed protocol.

“They [CPD] are the primary investigatory agency,” Sainvilus said. “Once they arrive on the scene we [UCPD] hand everything over to them [CPD].”

Neighbors claim there was a lack of communication between both agencies.

Also, neighbors expressed a desire to understand the relationship between UCPD and CPD and how they work alongside one another in the neighborhood.

Following the gunfire residents said, three men entered the home of one of their neighbors.

A gun was left between homes following the shooting incident. CPD officers recovered the handgun.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified by name for fear of retribution said, “UCPD sent out word internally that the guys might go back to her house and look for the gun—but no one warned our neighbor they might do that.”

The neighbor added that one of the suspects came back in the area spoke with other residents and began to look for the gun that had already been collected by the police.

Additionally, he claims that neither the CPD nor UCPD came to speak with the neighbor or provide her with a police report.

Linda Swift, a Hyde Park resident, wondered too if the police could have done a better job of communicating with her neighbor.

Residents wanted reassurance from the department to know that they were safe or if they should remain on guard.

“I have to wonder why the police didn’t call my neighbor if there was a possibility that they [suspects] may come back to her home,” Swift said.

Sainvilus said UCPD has increase patrol to ensure safety and security.

Area Central CPD Detectives are still investigating the case.

t.hill@hpherald.com