CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A pair of shootings in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood Tuesday left five people injured, and now police are trying to prevent further retaliation.
The first shooting happened around 11:00 a.m. at 37th and Michigan and left one teenager wounded. The second shooting happened around 3:40 p.m. at 49th and Martin Luther King Drive and left four Dunbar High School students injured, three from gun shot wounds and a fourth from flying glass fragments.
The minivan that the students were riding in finally came to a stop about a block south of where the shooting occurred. At least 15 bullet holes riddled the passenger side of the van, and several windows were shot out.
“I heard the van come up and I heard like two shots, and then I just heard a whole bunch more shots. I seen the van spin and then pull up and it ended up like right there,” said Tony Moore, who was standing outside his apartment waiting for a ride at the time.
Police believe the van was specifically targeted in retaliation for the earlier drive-by shooting, in which the van may have been used. Investigators have information suggesting at least three of the four young men inside were involved in that earlier attack.
“Whenever there's shootings, period, it’s a concern, but when it’s students involved in local high schools, it’s even more disconcerting,” said Eddie Johnson, Chief of Patrol for Chicago Police.
Police canvassed the neighborhood looking for people with security footage of the shooting. Detectives have some leads as to who might be responsible for this attack, but the victims are not being cooperative.
“It’s not gonna stop. It’s gonna be retaliation, it’s just going back and forth,” said Alvin Williams, who says he was a friend of the students shot in the van.
For many, a shooting like this, in broad daylight, on a busy street, is outrageous.
“Anytime gunshots are fired, bullets don’t know where they’re going so there’s always the possibility that some innocent person would be a victim of the gunfire,” said Chief Johnson.
“I mean it’s sad,” Moore said. “I was in the military for ten years, I’ve been to Iraq three times, Afghanistan once, it’s just ridiculous.”
Police had extra patrols in the area to prevent further retaliation.