Supt. McCarthy: No charges in Back of the Yards shooting

September 23, 2013 6:42:39 PM PDT
While at a police graduation ceremony, Supt. Garry McCarthy refused to comment on published reports that two people were in custody in connection with a shooting that injured 13.

New crime numbers show violence is down, but recent shootings have put the national spotlight on Chicago. According to the Chicago Police Department, murders are down 20 percent, shootings are down 22 percent and overall crime is down 15 percent.

Just last week, 13 people, including a 3-year-old, were wounded in a shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Thursday night. The shooting may be payback in a gang war. Family said the young boy, Deonta Howard, is up and walking around, and talking. He was shot in the cheek and will require plastic surgery, family said.

Residents say a house on Marshfield was swarmed by police Sunday night, and at least two men were taken out of the house.

A coalition of ministers and community organizers say they united over the weekend with dozens of volunteers to assist the investigation into last week's mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The executive director of the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council says while shootings are down in the neighborhood overall, they need more opportunities for young people.

Police will not confirm published reports that two people are in custody in the Back of the Yards shooting. No one has been charged.

"When we are ready to announce we have somebody in custody, we'll do that. We can jeopardize the entire investigation by prematurely putting out information. So that's not the case, I'm not gonna comment on it. The investigation is ongoing and proceeding," Supt. McCarthy said. He spoke at a police graduation ceremony at Navy Pier. The Chicago Police Department welcomed 125 graduates to the force.

On Sunday night, Mayor Rahm Emanuel rode along with police on the city's South Side in the Gresham and Grand Crossing neighborhoods, both of which have been hit hard by gun violence.


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