Chicago: Police Seize 1,080 Firearms

In 8 Weeks of 2013 Ongoing Anti-Gun Violence

Chicago: Police Seize 1,080 Firearms Chicago Police Seize More than 1,080 Firearms in First 8 Weeks of 2013 Ongoing Anti-Gun Violence Efforts Continue to Yield Recovered Guns Today, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy discussed ongoing anti-gun violence efforts and results amid a sample of recently recovered firearms on display in the Englewood (7th) District. McCarthy was joined by command staff, including First Deputy
Alfonza Wysinger and Englewood (7th) District Deputy Chief Leo Schmitz, in announcing the recovery of more than 1,080 weapons off of the City streets in the first 8 weeks of 2013. “We must confront the damaging effect that firearms are having on our communities,” said Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy. “It is vital that we proactively keep guns from the hands of criminals and we will continue to work with the community, clergy and elected officials to make our city a safer place to live, work and play,” he added.
Several newsworthy arrests last week demonstrate the Department’s relentless efforts to confiscate firearms and prevent violence linked to guns, gangs, and drugs.
Gresham (6th) District tactical officers executed a search warrant with the assistance of Central Investigations officers at the residence of convicted felon and gang member on the 300 block of E. 25th St. A systematic search of the premises revealed not only bulk quantities of heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $167,000, but a stolen Glock .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol. The 26-year-old offender was charged with unlawful use of weapon by a felon as well as manufacture and delivery of heroin and cocaine and possession of cannabis.
In the Englewood (7th) District, where the press conference was held, tactical officers assigned to a gang-related mission observed a person believed to be in a possession of a weapon. As officers approached to conduct a field interview, the individual fled from police, dropping a firearm. Officers were able to secure the gun and continue the foot pursuit, ultimately apprehending the offender. Further investigation revealed the firearm was loaded and in the possession of a known gang member.
In at least two additional, unrelated incidents in the Englewood District, officers on patrol recovered two loaded firearms off of the streets. One arrestee, a convicted felon, was on parole at the time of arrest. The Englewood District is the second highest ranking District in the City in the number of guns recovered to date.

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