2 people were killed and eight others were wounded in an attack at the site of a memorial for a man who was slain earlier Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said.
Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters at the Southwest Side scene in the 2600 block of West 46th Place that the attack was “another brazen act of gang violence.”
Navarro said the victims, a mix of men and women, were taking part in a memorial for a man, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Daniel Cardova, who had been killed at that location earlier in the day when two people fired rifles from a nearby alleyway.
Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said gang and tactical teams were hitting the area hard in their investigation.
“We have a fairly good idea who we’re looking for,” Ryan said. “We have a fairly good idea of the conflict involved. And right now we’re trying to saturate the area.”
The attack happened about 5:20 p.m., police said. Earlier, police said only five people were wounded.
A man about 25 was dead on the scene, and a 29-year-old woman died of her wounds at Stroger Hospital, officials said.
Eight additional gunshot victims, mostly adults, were being treated at hospitals, according to the Chicago Fire Department and police.
A 25-year-old man who was shot in the right hip and right elbow was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital; a 26-year-old man who was shot in the right leg was in good condition at Stroger; a 23-year-old man who was shot in the right leg was in good condition at Stroger; a 26-year-old man who was shot in the right leg was in good condition at Stroger; a 26-year-old man who was shot in both ankles was in good condition at Stroger; a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the leg was in good condition at Mount Sinai Hospital; a 25-year-old woman who was shot in the right arm was in good condition at Stroger; and a 23-year-old man who had injuries to his leg was in good condition at Stroger.
Cardova, of the 4400 block of South Troy Street, was shot about 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of West 46th Place, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Cardova was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m., the office said.
Near the 2600 block of West 46th Place, neighbors on their porches craned their heads toward the scene of the shooting, where a group of about two dozen police officers had gathered to scour the area.
Just outside a one-story building at the center of the scene sat a makeshift memorial decorated with a heart-shaped balloon, liquor bottles and numerous candles.
Blocks away from where police vehicles cast blue flashing lights, children ran toward an ice cream truck and jumped in a bounce house, seemingly unaware of the violence that had just taken place.
Juxtaposed with the older residents and children were large groups of young men, many wearing hooded sweatshirts.
The men haggled with people in passing cars, reporters and police. When a police SUV drove to 46th Street and Rockwell, one of the men with his hood up tried to open the car door. As the officer chastised the group, another one in the bunch held up his phone, shouting, “I got you on camera!”
Officers got out of the car, ordering the men to leave. As the group walked north, the man with the camera phone backpedaled and yelled, “I got your face on camera!”
A man wearing a black Chicago Bulls hat spoke with investigators at the scene before swiftly walking away. He said two of his children had been taken to Stroger and reportedly died in Sunday’s late afternoon shooting.
“I hate violence. I don’t know how I feel but I know how to get even,” said the man, who declined to identify himself or elaborate.
The shootings come five days after two Deering District tactical officers were struck by rifle fire in the neighboring Back of the Yards, southeast of Brighton Park.
During the news conference, Navarro said “at this point,” police do not believe the two Sunday shootings on 46th Place are connected to the officers’ shooting.
Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, who surveyed the shooting scene, expressed his frustration with the third rifle shooting in a week and called on neighbors to be vigilant in reporting criminal activity.
“The wakeup call has been here. It’s time to act. It’s time for each and every one of us to start looking at what’s going on on our block, identifying who is a gang member who’s selling drugs and who is supporting them in our communities,” Lopez said.
The neighborhood, consisting of well-kept three-story brick homes, has been through a lot of “ups and downs” over the years, according to residents. In recent years, the number of gang incidents seems to have been on the rise.
“For the last five to six years it’s been a steady decline,” said a longtime resident who gave only her first name, Michelle.
Michelle, who has a 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, said the violence is especially disheartening given its proximity to Shields Elementary School, a few blocks north.
“The one I’m worried most about is my son because he will be mistaken (for a gang member) and he is in that age group,” she said.
In other Sunday shootings:
Two people were shot about 7:25 p.m. in the 300 block of South Central Park Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The shooter was inside a vehicle that approached the men and opened fire. A 23-year-old man was shot in the torso, arm and leg. He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. A 22-year-old man was shot in the upper leg, and he was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.
About 5:35 p.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the stomach while he was in the 5400 block of West Fulton Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side. He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center.
A 33-year-old man was shot in the 9800 block of South Harvard Avenue in the Longwood Manor neighborhood about 5:05 pm., police said. The 33-year-old was driving when an assailant fired into the vehicle, grazing the man’s shoulder, police said. The man then crashed into a tree and the shooter fled. He was taken in good condition to an area hospital, police said.
Earlier Sunday, about 9:15 a.m. Sunday, police were sent to a home in the 6300 block of South Troy Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood for a woman who was wounded during a possible domestic attack, according to police. They found a woman, 27, who had been shot in the head and the abdomen. She also had been stabbed multiple times in the abdomen, authorities said. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was in critical condition, officials said.
No arrests had been made, and detectives were investigating.