Three youths were fatally shot and two more seriously injured when Chicago police called a caravan of street racers involving about 100 vehicles at an intersection on the city’s southwest side in the early hours of Sunday. Had gone.
It happened around 4 a.m. in Brighton Park when caravans blocked roads leading to the intersection for illegal street racing, Chicago Police Cmdr. Don Jerome said during a news conference. Those killed were between 15 and 20 years old, Jerome said, adding that two of the wounded are expected to survive.
Police did not make any immediate arrests.
Caravans blocking roads for drag racing, cars turning donuts and “drifts” are a “semi-recent phenomenon,” said Jerome, a “semi-recent phenomenon where they gather at various points in the city and many others without any consequences.” …
City council members from the neighborhood where Sunday’s shooting took place said police and other city officials needed to take more aggressive action to stop such caravans.
“It’s not just fun and street sports,” alderman Raymond Lopez told reporters at the scene. “We are seeing gangs and criminality getting involved in drifting and drag racing.”
Lopez said such caravans are promoted on Snapchat and other social media, resulting in vehicles packing on roads for at least a block around major intersections. He said he was trapped by one, describing him as being a “hostage on a public road”.
Lopez said the city should consider stopping the vehicles and taking them away.
But he acknowledged: “We know our officers are doing their best, but you can’t ask officers to come to an event where there are literally 200 people in cars with weapons acting like fools.” “