CHICAGO – Chicago police doing a well-being check Wednesday at a southwest side home discovered three adults apparently shot to death, the latest fatal shooting in a spate of violence that has plagued the city in recent weeks.
Police Cmdr. Roberto Zavala called the deaths of two men and one woman a "random, targeted act of violence." Police believed it was unconnected to any other recent shootings, but they think the victims may have known whoever killed them because there were no signs of forced entry.
"This is a gang block. It's a war zone, it's not surprising at all," said 18-year-old hairstylist Kalina Ortiz.
Police made the grisly discovery about 6:40 a.m. at a two-story brick home in the 2800 block of south Kildare Avenue, police spokesman Marcel Bright said.
Police discovered the back door to the home ajar and when officers entered they found the bodies on the second floor of the home that had been ransacked, Zavala said. A money-counting machine also was found inside, leading police to believe there may have been drug activity at the home, he said.
Investigators planned to review 911 calls from the neighborhood, said police spokeswoman Monique Bond. "There may have been some shots fired earlier in the morning," she said.
Investigators weren't releasing any other information about the case, the second time in as many weeks that multiple shooting victims have been discovered inside a Chicago home.
Last week, police found five people found dead in a ransacked home. Those deaths brought the number of people shot to death in Chicago in less than a week to more than a dozen. The two incidents occurred in homes about 13 miles apart.
The latest deaths come just days after a fired-up Mayor Richard Daley met with more than two dozen officials from religious groups, police, schools and social service agencies to talk about what's causing the violence and how to stop it.
Police have stepped up patrols, put SWAT officers and specialized units on the street and increased their fire power by using combat rifles.
Leticia Estrada, who was dropping off her child at a nearby day-care facility, said gangs are a problem in the neighborhood. The 31-year-old waitress said people are afraid to talk openly about the gang activity in the neighborhood because they fear the gang-bangers. But she said she thinks that will change because people are fed up.
"We have to do something," Estrada said.