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Six Windows of Uptown Apartment Shot Out By Gang Members, Source Says

By Josh McGhee | November 6, 2015 5:43am
 Six windows were shot out during a drive-by shooting Wednesday night at 4550 N. Clarendon, a source said.
Six windows were shot out during a drive-by shooting Wednesday night at 4550 N. Clarendon, a source said.
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UPTOWN —  Detectives checked out an Uptown apartment complex Thursday after six windows there were shot out, allegedly by gang members targeting a rival inside.

The young man was targeted because of his involvement in drug dealing, a source told DNAinfo Chicago, adding that the brazen shooters don't seem to care about the building's security.

"[There's] a group of people here selling drugs. Rival gang members know where they stay. A lot of them have grown up in this building and around the area," said the source, who asked not to be identified. "There's 24-hour armed guards, but that still doesn't stop them."

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a passing car opened fire at LakeView Towers, 4550 N. Clarendon St. No one was injured in the shooting, though some people were outside the building when the shooting occurred, the source said.

Officers at the Beat 1915 CAPS meeting Thursday said "all we know is there was shots fired." They said they were reviewing surveillance footage of the incident. Detectives visited the apartment building Thursday afternoon.

Reports from Twitter users following Chicago police scanners reported witnesses hearing about 14 shots Wednesday night. According to @Chicago_Scanner, a van and dark colored Chevy exchanged gunfire leaving the building "all shot up" and "shell casings everywhere." Information from police scanners is unverified.

Audio from police scanners after the incident Wednesday:

According to Uptown Update, police blocked off portions of Clarendon Avenue between Wilson Avenue and Montrose Avenue after the shooting.

It's not the first time LakeView Towers has been the target of shootings. Gunfire was aimed at the building last year as well, the source said.

According to the LakeView Towers website, the building has 500 units split between two 26-story Towers.

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