CHICAGO — Gunmen confronting three people on The 606 trail in Logan Square early Tuesday asked for their gang affiliation before opening fire, police say, killing a young father and injuring two others.
Around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, 22-year-old Alejandro Aguado was walking with a 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man on The 606 near North Monticello when they were approached by three people, CPD Officer Jose Jara said Tuesday.
“They were approached by three male Hispanics who were shouting gang slogans, and also were asking the victims of their gang affiliations – they denied any,” Jara said.
The alleged gang members, all wearing hoods, opened fire. Aguado was shot in the chest and back and pronounced dead at the hospital. The young woman was shot in the stomach and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, and the other young man was shot in the backside and transported to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
Police released footage from a nearby home showing the alleged shooters fleeing the scene, running eastbound on The 606:
As police search for Aguado's killers, his grieving family begins planning for his funeral. Family members say he always steered clear of trouble, working two service jobs to support his 2-year-old daughter.
Jara said the three victims don't live in the area, and are not known to police. The 19-year-old woman worked nearby, and Aguado and the other man met up with her before they decided to take a walk on The 606.
Additional bike teams are patrolling trail in the wake of the shooting, according to Jara.
The shooting capped off a violent Memorial Day weekend, despite the deployment of 1,200 additional officers. By Tuesday morning, more than seven people had been killed and 40 shot.
With just one week on the job, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says it will take time to deal with the long-standing economic and racial disparities leading to concentrated crime.
“I didn’t come into this with any illusions that we were going to be able to wave a magic wand and reverse trends that have been in the making for some time,” Lightfoot said.
The mayor outlined a plan Tuesday aiming to reverse some racial and economic disparities in the city by focusing investment in forgotten neighborhoods. She’ll take the first steps toward implementing that plan when her slate of chosen City Council committee chairs is voted on at Wednesday's meeting.
“We just have to constantly remain diligent – and I think the plan that we have will bear fruit, but it’s not going to be instantaneous that we’re going to see things turn around,” Lightfoot said.