Chicago police investigate deadly shootings

July 24, 2008 4:00:01 PM PDT
Three people were killed in three separate shootings in Chicago's Austin neighborhood Wednesday night. People who live in the community are worried about their own safety.The shootings happened over a three-hour period within a mile and a half of each other.

The first shooting happened on the 4900-block of West Hubbard Street around 10:30 p.m. Police found a 27-year-old Chicago man shot multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The second shooting happened in the 800-block of North Lorel Avenue just after midnight. Witnesses say a fight started at a liquor store down the street, which led to the shooting. Police say that three men were sitting in a car and someone started shooting at them. One of those men, 23-year-old Gergory Jones, was killed and two others were injured.

"He('s) got a little boy, Justin Hall, he's two years old. Yeah, we will miss him. He's got one more on the way," said Johnese Hall, friend of the victim.

The third shooting happened about 20 minutes later in the 700-block of N. Central Avenue. Witnesses say a 23-year-old Ballwood man was shot in the head while he was driving.

"it doesn't make sense, that people back in the days would solve their problem by fistfight or an argument. I think it's really cowardly," said Carlos Holman, uncle of shooting victim.

Neighbors in the Austin community say they are scared to be outside after dark.

"I believe it is getting bad. And I think that someone needs to help. The government needs to get all the drug dealers and stuff off the streets," said Rosalie Gaines, Austin resident.

"For awhile there I thought things were going well but lately in the last month and a half or two months it seems things are kind of picking up. I don't know if it's the weather or what but for awhile things were going well. I don't know what is causing the violence, I really don't know," said Salomm Nabee, Austin resident.

"It is getting worse, definitely getting worse. It is very dangerous because we have a lot of schools in the area, we have a public aid office right here. I mean everyone in this area pretty much has children or teenagers and it's scary because there is no one out here to protect us right now," said Treasure Saunders, Austin resident.

Police say the shootings are not related.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.


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