Man Fatally Shot In Uptown

UPDATED 12/05/11 12:56 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police continue to investigate the deadly shooting of an Uptown neighborhood man who was the victim of a gang-related attack.

Edward Clark, 20, was found around 1:55 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the head in the 4700 block of North Winthrop Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. Authorities said he was found on the sidewalk.

Clark was dead on the scene, authorities said.

The shooting is related to gang activity in the area, according to Ald. James Cappleman (46th), who issued an alert to constituents after the shooting.

A neighbor, Joe Gray, posted a video of the aftermath of the shooting on

Aftermath Again: Counting the Casings from Joe Gray on Vimeo.

The shooting is related to gang activity in the area, according to Ald. James Cappleman (46th), who issued an alert to constituents after the shooting.

Cappleman said that compared to last year, there is a decrease in shootings in Uptown, “but one shooting is still too many.”

He pointed out that recently, some gang members who had been arrested in local drug busts were released from prison. Also, gang members are having a harder time conducting drug sales out in the open, and are tension is rising as they are forced into more compact areas, Cappleman said.

Cappleman said he strongly supports programs to give kids after-school opportunities, and believes the community should be responsible for kids in their neighborhoods who might become involved in violence.

But he emphasized that he does not have the unilateral authority to dispatch more police officers onto the streets, although he meets regularly with the commanders of the Lincoln and Town Hall districts to address issues of crime and safety.

Cappleman said his ward has identified five hot spots for crime in collaboration with police in the area. But out of respect for nearby landlords and business owners who don’t want their property values to fall, he is not releasing the locations of the hot spots.

The Uptown Update blog said after the shooting, neighbors heard a second round of gunfire just after 4 a.m. near the gangway of a low-income housing building on Clifton Avenue just north of Montrose Avenue. The blog says “there are numerous gang members and drug dealers living in this building, some with their parents.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Yeah don’t be concerned for the safety of the people just worry about the property value

  • Jim Hamilton
  • not from south of I80-

    Yeah idiot more guns

  • SP

    Response to “Not from south of 180” – The criminals already have guns, and have no hesitation to use them not only on other criminals, but also innocent victims.

    Every state except Illinois has at least some form of concealed carry law. Also, Chicago has the strictest gun laws of any big city in the country – it is far easier to legally purchase a handgun in New York or even Washington DC, than here.

    However, Chicago has such an out of control gun problem, that the police & mayor’s office decided to change how gun crimes are reported, to artifically decrease the numbers (now, if multiple people are shot, or if multiple people arrested at once with guns, it is all recorded as one incident; also, and incidents that happen inside a home or building are now tracked as “inside” crimes, and not reported in the overall crime statistics – on the reasoning that police couldn’t do anything).

    What I’m saying is, criminals know that intended victims are highly unlikely to be armed, thus unable to protect themselves. That’s why this city has the highest number of violent crimes in the nation.

    The vast majority of gun crimes nationally are committed with weapons not legally owned, as in, guns purchased on the black market, which is currently thriving here.

    When concealed carry is legalized here, nobody will compel you to purchase and carry a gun. It will just give citizens like me the chance to defend myself the next time a mugger approaches me and tells me he has a weapon.

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