One man was killed and four others were injured in a shooting Tuesday on the South Side of Chicago that police surmise was motivated by a local gang rivalry.
“There’s a historic gang conflict between two rival gangs here. We don’t believe the community is being targeted but that it’s specific gang members that are being targeted,” Chicago Police Department Cmdr. Don Jerome said during a press conference.
Police recovered two firearms from a vehicle that was driven away from the scene and crashed a few blocks away. A third firearm was also recovered at the site. Authorities are unsure how many occupants were in the vehicle. So far, none of the occupants have been apprehended.
The shooting took place near the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago at 4:45 p.m. local time. Responding officers struggled with the crowd to gain access to the wounded to perform life-saving measures, Jerome noted. No police officers were injured.
“Members from the community and gang members from this crowd were actively fighting the police while they were trying to tend to the victims,” Jerome explained.
Two men were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, and two were sent to the hospital in stable condition, according to police. No children were injured or killed in the incident, Jerome said.
A SWAT team was also called in to search for the occupants of the vehicle, Jerome added. Law enforcement is analyzing surveillance footage and seeking help from locals to apprehend the perpetrators.
There have been more than 194 murders in Chicago so far in 2022, a slight downtick from the 207 murders reported this time last year, according to data from the CPD.