- The shooting was one of at least 33 in Back of the Yards and Brighton Park over the past nine months that police believe are tied to semi-automatic rifles as several gangs boost their firepower. At least 46 people have been shot in the attacks, 13 fatally.
Police say this is the only area of the city where rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s are regularly used, a menacing new development in the gang fights.
It's unclear how many of the high-powered rifles are on the street, but police suspect they are being passed around by members of four Hispanic gangs in the Deering police district, which covers parts of the South and Southwest sides.
"only area of the city"? Not likely. We've posted dozens of comments of rifles being recovered at a number of traffic stops citywide and casings at numerous west side scenes.Is the Department still slacking on training for rifles? And delaying qualifications so as to have less rifles on the street, thereby making officers less safe and unable to protect the public?
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