Suspects charged in Cornell Park shooting

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A fifth suspect was charged Saturday, Sept. 28 in conjunction with the mass shootings in Cornell Park in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood Sept. 19. The shootings left 13 injured, including a 3-year-old boy, according to the Chicago Tribune.

David Logan, 22, of the 3100 block of South Green Street of Chicago was charged with unlawful use of a weapon as well as obstructing justice, according to a Chicago Tribune article.

Others charged include:

  • Bryon Champ, 21
  • Kewane Gatewood, 20
  • Tabari Young, 22
  • Brad Jett, 22

Champ, Gatewood, Young and Jett have all been charged with  attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm.

The attackers who opened fire with AK-47-style weapons that evening are alleged gang members, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

What happened the night of Sept. 19?
Though Chicagoans have become sadly accustomed to hearing and reading stories of those shot, injured or killed, this particular Thursday night was different.

In total, 23 people were shot that night, three fatally, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Three fatal victims include:

  • 29-year-old woman who was shot at 79th and Wood streets
  • 36-year-old man who was shot near 77th Street and Sangamon Avenue
  • 25-year-old man who was shot near Augusta Boulevard and Central Park Avenue

On top of these fatal shootings, another seven were shot and wounded throughout the night.

Chicago Violence
In 2012, there were 500 murders in Chicago, according to the Washington Post. In 2011 Chicago counted 431 murders, showing that 2012 was a steep increase for violence in the city. Last year Chicago surpassed New York for most murders, with the nation’s largest city dropping to 419 homicides from 515 in 2011.

Because of this violence, the Chicago Police Department has taken extra measures to try to keep innocent civilians safe from shootings, most of which are gang-related.

For 2013 thusfar, the murder rate has decreased 20 percent, according to an article in the New York Times. The article explains that Chicago has “sought to combat such violence by deploying hundreds of officers, some on overtime, to 20 zones plagued by shootings.”

Unfortunately for the 13 attacked at the Cornell Park basketball court, Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood wasn’t one of the zones CPD brought extra protection.

Gun Control
Clearly, gun use is widespread around Chicago, causing many to be victims of gun-related crimes or even suffer gun-related deaths. In the past three months, more than 2,000 crimes, excluding homicides, involved guns in Chicago. Below is a map exploring where these crimes took place around the city.

Map of crimes involving handguns (excluding homicides) July 1 – Sept. 30, 2013

Click through to explore the map and learn details of the crimes

*data via data.cityofchicago.org

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