Chicago shooting: 5 shot, 3 fatally, at car drifting event in Brighton Park, police say

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Monday, October 24, 2022
5 shot, 3 fatally, at car drifitng event on SW Side
Chicago police said at least 100 cars were involved in the drifitng event in Brighton Park when shots rang out Sunday morning.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Three people were killed and two others hurt in a shooting in Brighton Park Sunday morning while a large crowd was watching drivers doing stunts, Chicago police said.

The shooting happened in the Brighton Park neighborhood's 4300-block of South Kedzie Avenue at about 4 a.m. on Sunday, police said.

One man shared video with ABC7 showing spectators and participants taking over the streets and driving recklessly. The man said it was all fun and games until just a few minutes later.

Video shows dangerous street stunts near Kedzie and Archer in Brighton Park before a shooting that injured five people, killing at least three.

"I'm out and I went on the corner," witness Darrell Cross said. "I'm watching and having fun and all of a sudden, I see a white van come out of the valley over there and they just open fire."

Police said the shooting occurred as officers were responding.

"Approximately 100 cars had gained control of an intersection," CPD Commander Don Jerome said. "As the officers were responding, we received a ShotSpotter alert of at least 13 rounds."

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Over the summer, the city passed an ordinance to crack down on illegal drag racing and drifting. It could result in towing the vehicle and a fine up to $10,000.

Alderman Ray Lopez said it's not working.

"This phenomenon, which probably started out as boredom, has now become a mainstream, circuit-style event," Alderman Lopez said. "It's being promoted on social media. It's being encouraged."

Police said all three of those killed had gang affiliations and that caravan was just one of several reported citywide Sunday morning.

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Police did not recover any guns on the scene and said they are still looking to speak with "one or two people" who are "not necessarily" those in the hospital.

No arrests have been made and Area One detectives are investigating.