Carjacking, kidnapping two suspects held without bond
At least 39 people were injured in city-wide shootings in Chicago’s weekend crime. And as incidents of carjacking continue to rise, a woman was caught at knifepoint along with her two young children.
From 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, at least three people were killed and another 39 were injured in firing across the city. Granthshala 32 Chicago informed of. Five teenagers were also among those shot.
Chicago police say a drive-by shooting in West Town on the Northwest Side at around 3:40 a.m. Sunday killed a 32-year-old man who was shot in the chest and wounded four other people. A 45-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was shot dead by two men on the sidewalk in Little Village on Saturday evening at around 7:15 p.m.
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Three people, including two 16-year-olds, were injured in another drive-by shooting in the 3500 block of West 12th Place at around 7:50 pm on Saturday. Police say a dark vehicle pulled over and someone inside started firing at people on the sidewalk. Another two teenagers were injured in a shootout that took place around 5:50 p.m. on the Chicago Lawn on the southwest side about two hours earlier.
Police say someone opened fire in a dark SUV pulled up in the 2500 block of West 70th Street. An 18-year-old girl with a chest injury has been admitted to the hospital in a serious condition. Police said a 17-year-old man was also taken to the hospital with a hand injury and his condition was stated to be good.
Three people were injured in a shootout outside a funeral ceremony in West Englewood at around 5:40 p.m. Friday. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the stomach while standing outside at West Garfield Park at around 1:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Police say a 17-year-old man walked into the University of Chicago Hospital around 3 a.m. Sunday with gunshot wounds to his pelvic area and one leg — but the teen didn’t tell officers where the shooting took place.
Meanwhile, two carjacking and kidnapping suspects have been held without bond after an incident that happened just before 5 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of a shopping mall in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park.
Luis Gomez-Garcia, 28, of Bensonville, and Christopher Craig, 32, of Carol Stream, have been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint. His next court appearance is scheduled for November 8.
Prosecutors say a woman exited the mall with her two children, aged 10 and 5, and got back into her vehicle, Granthshala 32 informed of. Gomez-Garcia made contact with a 3.5 blade and held the knife to Mom’s neck through her open driver’s side window.
Craig then sat in the back seat with the woman’s two children and the suspects ordered her to hand over her phone, Apple Watch and wallet and take her home. She drove to another location, and the suspects eventually abandoned her and her two children before getting out of the car.
Police nearly two hours later in Chicago called W. Traced victim’s vehicle in 2900 block of Harrison. Craig was still inside the car, while Gomez-Garcia was just ten feet away. Both were taken into custody.
Chicago has seen nearly 1,400 carjacking victims in Chicago and Cook County so far this year, including many who have been shot in the face or elsewhere by criminals trying to get out of their vehicles, Chicago Sun Times informed of. By the end of September, there were 43.5% more carjacking incidents in Cook County than in the same period last year.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart last week announced the creation of a new database to allow suburban police departments to share information about carjacking with an existing task force of members from the Sheriff’s Office, the Chicago Police Department, the Illinois State Police and the FBI. Of. He said the new database would make it easier to identify patterns and deploy officers in certain areas.