Chicago Police arrested three people early this morning on the block of 2200 W. Barry Ave. after a shootout in the early morning before dawn.
UPDATE (9:55 a.m.) : The three offenders were part of a four person party in a vehicle that exchanged gunfire with Chicago Police officers in a marked car at 1:18 a.m. this morning, according to a police spokesman. The fourth person was not apprehended.
Nobody was reported struck by the gunfire.
Police are conducting their investigation and plan to release further details later this morning, according to a police spokesman.
The Hamlin Park area has been plagued by violence in the last two years. Earlier this Spring 19th District police took steps to curb the crime, as a gang hangout at INA Pantry, 2100 W. Barry Ave., was closed and a house with suspected gang activity, at 3111 N. Hoyne Ave., was targeted by police.
UPDATE: (12:02 p.m.): Anthony Chan, a neighborhood resident who lives a short distance away from the incident reports that there was a full-on police sweep through out the early morning hours.
“I was sitting in my house…and then I heard many pops, pop-pop-pop-pop,” says Chan. “I went up to my second floor, I saw two unmarked squad cars with their lights on but no sirens and they were speeding southbound on Levitt, and two [marked] SUVs. Then there were many, many [police] cars in that section of the neighborhood.”
A police helicopter then appeared around 1:30 a.m. and began a search with bright lights, Chan and other neighborhood residents have told Roscoe View Journal.
“At some point they taped off Barry [Ave.]. They taped it off before Levitt Ave…In my alley, there were squad cars everywhere and officers on foot.” By around 3:30 a.m., says Chan, police officers were going door-to-door, asking residents about the shooting.