Top Cop 'Disappointed' with Continuing Violence, But Says Rahm Has His Back
ENGLEWOOD — Chicago's top cop, "disappointed" with the long, violent stretch of days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, said Mayor Rahm Emanuel still has his back.
"I'm absolutely positive that I enjoy the mayor's confidence," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told reporters Monday morning. "This past week we've been disappointed."
Since Wednesday afternoon, 11 people have been killed and at least 62 were wounded in violence around the city.
The mayor met with his police superintendent for 90 minutes Monday morning to talk about the violence.
"He wants to know what's going on, just like I want to know," McCarthy said.
The superintendent noted this year's homicide total is down by 76 victims compared to this time last year. And there have been 350 fewer shootings than last year, when surging gun violence grabbed international headlines.
McCarthy, speaking at a news conference in Englewood, sought to bring year-to-year context to last week's violence. There were 65 shootings last week. The same week last year saw 76, he said.
The violence in Chicago continued well after Thursday's holiday, including five people getting shot during an apparent landlord-tenant dispute in Roseland Sunday night.
According to preliminary police information, a landlord opened fire about 8:10 p.m. in the 11300 block of South Forest Avenue, said Sgt. Al Stinites, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
Five people were shot and taken to area hospitals. Among those wounded were a 16-year-old boy who was grazed on his leg; a 17-year-old boy shot in his shoulder; a male struck in his shoulder; a female shot in her neck; and a male who was struck multiple times and is listed in critical condition.
In other incidents since Wednesday:
• In the single bloodiest incident, one person was killed and seven were wounded in an East Garfield Park shooting Saturday evening.
•Twelve more people were shot Friday night and early Saturday, including one man who was killed.
• Among the two people killed and 17 wounded Thursday night and early Friday were 5-year-old and 7-year-old boys shot in South Side parks. Both boys were recovering from their wounds.
• On Thursday's holiday, three people were killed, and four were wounded in shootings citywide.
• Three more people were killed, and 13 were wounded Wednesday as the long holiday weekend started.