2:18 PM UPDATE — CPD interim aide Fred Waller announced this afternoon that all active-duty police officers in the City of Chicago will cancel one day off this weekend and will be paid overtime for their work.
CHICAGO – An Indiana man was shot and critically injured this morning while sitting in his car in the Boystown neighborhood, according to Chicago police.
The shooting comes just hours after Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson suggested to the Chicago Police Department that he may not need to work overtime over Memorial Day weekend, which begins tomorrow night.
The 35-year-old victim was sitting in a black Chevrolet Malibu on the 500 block in West Melrose at around 1:41 a.m. when someone approached him and opened fire, police said. The victim rushed away from the scene and called for help from a passing CPD patrol car at the intersection of Broadway and Cornelia.
He received a gunshot wound to his back. EMS advocate he was taken to the Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Investigators said they found multiple rifle casings in the middle of Melrose Street, not far from where the man claimed to be renting an apartment for the night. Bullet holes were visible on the driver’s side of his car.
Thursday’s shooting was the first of the year in the Lakeview community area, which has seen four shootings on this date last year. There were no shooting casualties in Lakeview as of May 25, 2021. As of this date in 2020, seven people have been shot, including accidental shootings and unintentional self-harm.
Brandon Johnson told reporters at a news conference Wednesday afternoon just after the city’s first city council meeting as mayor that police overtime “may not be necessary” this coming holiday weekend. , CBS2 reported. Dana Kozlov tweeted.
However, according to several police officers interviewed by CWB Chicago, Chicago officers have already had their weekend leave revoked. A few weeks ago, the entire Criminal Affairs Department and all staff working at headquarters were informed that at least one weekend holiday would be cancelled.
Police said no one had been told that the holiday had been canceled as of late Wednesday.
Earlier this week, state officials said announced It plans to send a 30-man “peacekeeper” to fight the violence over Memorial Day weekend.