On late Thursday evening, a shooting took place in Chicago, Illinois inside of a local Starbucks coffee shop. Sadly, one man died and two others were injured at the crime scene, including a 12-year-old boy.
According to CBS Chicago, the incident occurred after a drug deal went wrong. The masked gunman was reportedly chasing one of the victims, who ran into a Starbucks for safety.
The victim involved in the drug deal was shot and killed. In the process, the shooter struck another man and the young boy, who were immediately transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. As of Friday morning, they both appear to be in nonlife-threatening conditions.
CBS stated that the gunman was spotted fleeing the scene. It is unclear if he was ever captured, but his identity was not released to the public. The victims were also not named.
Chicago’s crime rate remains extremely high, as it has for years. As of April 2017, the city had at least 1,000 shooting victims, over 170 that died, reported CBS News. Those numbers have obviously increased over the past few months. In 2016, Chicago’s violent crime was at an all-time high, and it is the city’s hope that those numbers don’t rise that much again this year.
Previously, President Donald Trump has acknowledged this ongoing issue. Throughout his campaign, he advocated against crime in major cities including Chicago. In June, he commented on the city’s outrageous crime stats and mentioned his involvement with federal assistance for Chicago. On June 1st, a team of 20 additional ATF agents, 12 Chicago police officers, two Illinois state troopers, six intelligence analysts and state and federal prosecutors, was sent in, according to CNN.
Please keep the victims of this recent Chicago shooting in your prayers. In other recent news, an 11-year-old girl tragically took her own life. Please keep her family in your prayers, as well. Thank you!