EDGEWATER — Two Far North Side police district commanders met with residents Monday night to update them on recent Edgewater shootings, including the homicide of John J. Myles, 45, who was shot in the stomach in April and died from his wounds about a week later.
Foster District Police District Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said one of Myles' family members was suspected of commiting the crime.
Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago Police Department spokesman, said "a person of interest is being questioned," but no charges had been made as of late Monday.
Myles, 45, had been sitting in a vehicle in the 1700 block of West Rosehill Drive in Edgewater about 11:30 a.m. on April 19 when he was shot, police said.
Duffin said the shooting originated from "a family feud dating back to Christmas."
Rogers Park Police District Cmdr. Thomas Waldera said two other neighborhood shootings had been gang related.
In December, Mensa Kifle, 20, of the 6000 block of North Albany Avenue, was shot dead across the street from Lickity Split, a custard shop at Glenlake Avenue and North Broadway. Another man was wounded.
Then on May 13, a man was shot in the hand at Glenlake and Clark Street.
"We believe gangbangers were driving by and saw rival gangbangers hanging on the street," Waldera said.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) said he would host for a second year a series of summer events to help get people out on the street.
"We focus on safety year-round," he said. "We also understand in the summer months the arctic cold that we all suffered through — that ate up our streets and our wills — … has kept a lot of things somewhat calm."
He urged people to work together to report crime.
Crime "used to be worse three years ago. It used to be worse one year ago," he said. "We’re moving in the right direction."
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