Early Monday morning Albany Park became the unfortunate host of Chicago’s first murder of the year, as a 19-year old Harold Washington College student was gunned down in an alley of the block of 3200 W. Lawrence Ave.
According to police reports, the 19-year old, later identified as Nicholas Camacho, was a passenger in a SUV driving thru an alley when shots were fired striking him in the head. Camacho was driven to Swedish Covenant Hospital for stabilization, then later transported in critical condition St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he died of his wounds.
ABC 7 News is reporting the shooting as gang-related, as police told ABC7 that the shooter flashed gang signs before the victim and friends jumped in the SUV to leave the scene.
In this environment, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd), whose ward falls in the 17th District, is conducting a community meeting Wednesday, January 18 with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and 17th District Commander Melissa Staples at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall, 4432 N. Troy Ave.
In an email sent to 33rd Ward residents this morning, Ald. Mell pointed out that, “violent crime in the 17th District has been trending downward at an approximate rate of roughly 3% a year. The rate of violent crime has actually declined in the district during the past year by 4.8%.”
Questions for Superintendent McCarthy may be emailed in advance at email@example.com.