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Albany Park Shooting Leaves 17-Year-Old Girl Wounded

By Quinn Ford | March 11, 2014 9:04am
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CHICAGO — A 17-year-old girl was shot in Albany Park during an unseasonably warm Chicago night that left nine other people wounded and one man dead throughout the city.

The shooting happened about 8 p.m. in the 4900 block of North Lawndale Avenue, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman. The girl was shot in the leg and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

In a message to constituents on Facebook Tuesday, Ald. Deb Mell (33rd) said the incident was likely gang related, and that police have been "addressing increased gang tensions in the area."

Through Mell's office, Chicago Police Capt. Thomas Karnick said the district is already working to prevent any gang retaliation, and has stepped up patrols between Argyle Street to the north and Wilson Avenue to the south between Pulaski Road and Kimball Avenue.

"In further response to this escalation of gang violence, greater steps have been taken to enhance both uniformed and tactical officer and supervisory presence and action in this area," Karnick said in a statement. "We are hopeful that the extra officers in the area and aggressive action in contacts and enforcement by these officers will help to break some of the gang tension that is present in the neighborhood and prevent any further retaliatory gang violence."

Further information on the victim or her condition was not immediately available, police said.