Chinatown residents worry for safety after recent shootings; “This type of murder is spiraling out of control”

CHICAGO (SCS) — Residents of Chinatown are calling for change after shootings over the July 4 weekend.

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a shooting on Friday nightand a man was injured in another shooting Sunday morning.

Neighborhood residents said they were worried about their safety like never before.

A few business owners said the most recent shootings were disturbing and residents hoped to see a change in their community.

“This type of killing is spiraling out of control,” Kim Tee of the Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community said of the recent shootings in her neighborhood.

On Friday evening, officers responded to shots fired near Cermak and Wentworth. That’s where they found a 24-year-old woman who had been shot in the chest. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she later died.

“We heard 30 to 40 gunshots. We thought it was fireworks, but it wasn’t,” Angel Calberon said.

A second woman, aged 42, was shot in the hand. A 38-year-old man, who police believe was one of the perpetrators of the shooting, was shot in the buttocks.

A witness, who does not want his identity known, says it was chaotic.

“I saw all kinds of people on the ground with blood on them. I saw everything,” the witness said. “They almost killed us. They shot a lot of people.”

On Sunday morning, Chicago police said an 18-year-old was standing near Archer and 23rd when he heard several people arguing, followed by multiple gunshots.

The victim suffered an abrasion and was transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

“Bar fights end in deadly shootings. The flow of guns on our streets cannot be normalized. Mass shootings cannot be normalized. We are in a crisis,” Ald said. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th).

Tee said Chinatown residents are worried about safety in their neighborhood.

“It turns into an argument and leads to murder. I mean it’s out of control,” Tee said. “We need to take drastic action immediately, if not sooner.”

Tee said the Coalition for a Better Chinese-American Community is working with Sigcho-Lopez on a petition to declare a karaoke bar where the three people were shot Friday night as a public nuisance.


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