Supt. Johnson: CPD's High Tech Is Working, Despite Surge In Shootings

Steve Miller
May 03, 2018 - 3:58 pm

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson confers with brass at the 11th District. (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- More than three dozen shootings in Chicago in three days, as the weather turned warmer. But police say they have a handle on it, and they're getting some federal help.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Thursday said it's not as if the warmer weather caught his department by surprise.

"When we know warmer weather is coming, we do put more visibility out there because we know there's going to be more people out there."

And yet - there were more shootings.

On the West Side, Johnson says a lot of the shootings are connected to three different factions of the same gang. He said it's related to drugs and juveniles.

"I just want everybody to know that we are saturating those areas. We have our narcotics people coming in. Some of our federal partners are coming in to help us ensure that this uptick doesn't continue."

Johnson said shootings in the 11th District on the West Side are down 40 percent since 2016.

"In most of these shooting incidents that have taken place, we have had officers within half a block or a block of where the shooting has occurred, which tells me that they are taking their deployments and their resources and putting them in the right areas,” he said.

In one of the incidents on the West side, a 21-year-old mother was killed in a drive-by that wounded four teenagers.