A still from the video of the gunfight on Monday, November 8, 2021, at South Wood and West 37th streets shows offenders pointing handguns from a parked car.

McKinley Park Gun Battle Caught on Video

Published November 14, 2021

A gunfight involving multiple armed offenders the night of Sunday, November 7, 2021, just south of the intersection of South Wood and West 37th streets was caught on video showing the conflict, which involved two dark-colored cars.

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In the video, at least two figures fire from behind the open doors of their dark-colored, four-door car, parked northbound on Wood Street, while a third figure crouches in the background. A car they’re targeting is stopped southbound in the intersection before it begins to drive away.

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More than 20 shots ring out, with the video showing two shooters pointing handguns toward the car in the intersection. Succeeding video shows a second angle of the shooters’ car driving away during another volley of gunfire.

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Surveillance video shows the gun battle on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at West 37th and South Wood streets.
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The video, retrieved from nearby residential security cameras, shows an area “that has been a problem for years,” said the local resident who provided the video to the McKinley Park News. “Good families I know have moved away from this area.”

As previously reported here in the McKinley Park News, 13-year-old neighborhood resident Eric Crawford was fatally shot on May 16, 2021, as he rode his bike on the sidewalk of the 3700 block of South Wood Street.

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Police have not announced any apprehended suspects in the Crawford slaying, and the car used in the homicide was later found abandoned in an industrial stretch further on the Southwest Side.

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Also as previously reported here, the intersection and blocks connecting West 37th and South Wood streets have often seen issues related to violence and gang issues, including drive-by shootings, evictions of gang members, other big shoot-outs and gang members cutting power to entire blocks’ street lights.

Ed. Note: This article has been updated to reflect that the shooting took place on Sunday, November 7, and not Monday, November 8, as previously reported, as reflected in recently-released crime reports.

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