CAPS Meeting Details Shoot-Out, Pending Actions Against Gang Houses

Published May 10, 2018

Nearly two dozen spent shell casings littered the 3600 block of South Wood Street following a shoot-out at around 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, said Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Solis at the Wednesday, May 9, meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) group for Beat 912.

No one was reported as being injured; Solis said bullets shot through a car on the street and through the window of a nearby house. "There were bullets all over the place," he said, with police receiving reports of over 30 shots fired. No suspects were announced as being apprehended; Solis noted reports of a white-colored SUV fleeing the scene.

This incident occurred near a designated gang house at 3629 S. Wood St., which is subject to an official forced-entry inspection on Friday, May 11, said 12th Ward Chief of Staff Samie Martinez. The 12th Ward has finally succeeded in contacting the property owner, who will be meeting with 12th Ward officials after the inspection, Martinez said. "Everyone will be evicted," he said.

Martinez also announced pending action against the property at 3820 S. Wood St., where recent evidence indicates gang activity, he said. The 12th Ward will be pursuing building code violations against the property owner with the intent of forced evictions of gang members, Martinez said.

Street light outages are another nearby problem attributed to gang activity, Solis said. "Gang bangers have been shooting out the lights," he said. Outages include another incident in the past month where lights were cut by breaking into a light pole to knock out multiple lights at once.

Although gang graffiti was also reported, CAPS Beat Facilitator Glenn Young noted its very quick removal thanks to help from Streets and Sanitation and the 12th Ward office.

At the meeting, Solis detailed crime statistics from April 11 through May 9 for Beat 912, which includes the McKinley Park neighborhood. Overall, the numbers looked good, Solis said. Police received 1,088 calls for service and 11 calls to report shots fired during this period, he said.

Fourteen total arrests included a May 7 apprehension of a man who was indecently exposing himself to kids at the McKinley Park playground, Solis said. Reports from police show the arrest of Gustavo Gallegos, 49, a McKinley Park neighborhood resident who faces four felony counts of exploiting a child and four misdemeanor counts of public indecency.

Other reported neighborhood crime included two aggravated batteries, three burglaries and five motor vehicle thefts, which is an uptick for neighborhood car thefts, Solis said. The three burglaries included two garage break-ins and one at an apartment, all apparently due to forced entry by burglars kicking in a door. Solis highlighted the fact that there were zero robberies in the neighborhood during the past month.

The CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 takes place the second Wednesday of every month, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Maurice Church Hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave.

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