Alderman Thompson Statement on 11th Ward Street Violence
CHICAGO (June 11, 2015)–Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11) issued the following statement on Thursday, expressing alarm after a third fatal shooting in Bridgeport in the past few weeks on Wednesday night:
“This is a moment for our community to come together and demand a halt to the violence. We can’t just ignore it. We’ve got to turn to one another, as neighbors and as parents, to make this neighborhood safe for all our residents.”
A 30-year old woman and a 26 year-old man were stabbed during a fight in Canaryville on June 7. A 17-year-old young man was shot in the chest while standing among a crowd of neighbors on West 32nd Place on Wednesday evening. Another 17-year-old was killed on the previous weekend near 35th and Halsted. A 22-year-old man was shot to death a few blocks away on May 21.
“We grieve the loss of these young lives in our community. Every life is precious and irreplaceable. We also mourn the damage these shootings have done to our sense of neighborhood safety and security. We need to be able to sit with our kids on the front porch or to take a walk without fear. We can’t settle for the status quo. The future of our young people, our families and our neighborhood is at stake.
The police department is investigating these crimes and has already made arrests in the June 7th stabbing and the May 21st shooting.
“Our office is working closely with Commander Panepinto and local officers here in the 9th District. I am grateful for their efforts, and for those of our active CAPS members who communicate with the beat officers.
“We can all work together for a peaceful summer in our community. I ask all of our residents to step up your efforts: Know where your children are, report suspicious activity or fights in your area before they escalate. Let’s make the effort to get to know our neighbors and work together to make every block safer and more united.”