Chicago shooting: A 72-year-old woman was shot in the thigh in Lakeview on North Broadway as Alderman Tom Tunney calls for more police

CHICAGO (WLS) — Concerns about crime continue to grow in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood after a suburban woman was shot while out for a walk with her family Thursday afternoon.

Police say the 72-year-old was not even the target because someone in a car fired the shots around 1.36pm on the 3100 block of North Broadway. The shots were inches away from hitting a small boy in a stroller.

“It’s really awful. Just really scary,” said Grace Brasey, who works nearby. “I also live very close by and just being shot at 2pm is a bit alarming.”

The unmistakable sound of gunfire sent Kurtz running into the back of a nearby bike shop.

“I came out and saw her laying there,” she said. “I came downstairs and at the time I didn’t know it was his niece hugging his leg with a hoodie.”

Trained in first aid, Kurtz stepped in to help.

As the woman who was shot needed medical attention, she said her family members began to panic.

“They seemed very calm at first and when I arrived I relaxed a bit and realized that she had been shot! It’s something that happens. They were starting to get angry, the baby was starting to get upset,” Kurtz recalled.

This is the second shooting this week in the Lakeview area following the murder of Hermilo Beltran Sunday night on his way to work at Happy Camper on North Clark.

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On Friday, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney issued a statement about the recent spate of shootings, saying, “As for several years, crime remains my number one priority. I have repeatedly requested a increased police presence in Lakeview and I find it unacceptable that our 19th Police District is so understaffed.”

Tunney said that with the start of the baseball season, additional personnel were needed.

“We’re a big entertainment area,” Tunney said. “We need to have the power of the person on our streets.”

Tunney also spoke about the footage obtained after filming.

“There are pictures. The best pictures actually came from the Chamber of Commerce, which was actually immediately south of the incident…I don’t know if we have a license plate,” said Tunney.

“The south and west sides have been putting up with this for far too long,” said Lakeview East Chamber executive director Maureen Martino. “The North Side needs to step up and they need to be heard. We all need to come together as a city and stop this.”

The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her upper thigh and was transported to Masonic Hospital in Illinois in good condition. Police reported no arrests in either shooting.

Alderman Tunney’s full statement:

“Tragically, last week the 44th Precinct experienced two shootings. Sunday evening, Hermilo Beltran was killed behind 3458 N Clark. This afternoon in the 3100 block of N Broadway a 72 year old woman was shot dead. in the leg by strangers driving by. Police do not believe she was the intended target. Fortunately, she is in stable condition and should recover.

“I was driving down Briar off Broadway to return to my office minutes after today’s shooting and was at the scene shortly after the victim was placed in the ambulance. I saw the angst and anger I felt reflected in the faces of witnesses and others nearby. The police presence after the incident was quick and meaningful. I am confident that with the help of witnesses and the video nearby security cameras, the CPD will work diligently to resolve these two shootings.

“While shootings in the 44th Precinct are rare, violence has been brought to our neighborhoods far too often in recent years. As I have repeatedly stated publicly and privately to Chicago Police Department leadership , this is unacceptable. As it has been for several years, crime remains my number 1 priority. I have repeatedly called for a greater police presence in Lakeview and I find it unacceptable that our 19th Police District is so understaffed. .

“Over the past few months, my office has held public safety meetings with all Lakeview Chambers of Commerce and several community groups. I will continue to fight for funding for the police department, improved technological resources, as well as mental health and housing programs. Going forward, I will continue to work closely with the hardworking 19th District Police and will provide updates to the community as they become available to my office.

“Residents with information about these shootings should contact the Detective Bureau – Zone 3 at (312) 744-8263. Anonymous tips can be sent to www.cpdtip.com.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the Beltran family. I know Mr. Beltran will be missed by the entire Lakeview community. The Beltran family and the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce are raising donations for his widow and two children.”

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