Mass Casualty Gun Violence Incident with Injuries
Address: 5724 S. May St.
Beat of Occurrence: 0712
Beat of Assignment: 0742R
UCR Code: 041A
Summary from review of radio traffic, pending receipt of CPD records:
The incident started with a shotspotter notification to the Chicago Police Department 007th District over the OEMC zone and the citywide simulcast that shots were detected at 5724 S. May. Next came a radio transmission from 0742R, the officer saying he has one running, followed by a rush of radio traffic. One officer can be heard at the end of simultaneous radio key-ups on the frequency saying "RACINE!! White t-shirt, pants, white shoes!!!" The zone dispatcher reads back the description as "white t-shirt, white pants, bandanna, white shoes running from the scene by the car wash"
With the next radio transmission, an officer screams "RIGHT THERE, RIGHT THERE!!!" This is followed by brief multiple key-ups, and a unit is heard asking for more cars "gimme more cars there's a person shot, we got a lot of people in this park." The dispatcher now says they're getting calls of another person shot at 5724 S. May. All hell breaks loose at this point with more brief key-ups on the frequency and a Unit saying he's got a female victim shot in the leg. Sirens can be heard in the background.
702S (007th District SDSC) tells the zone there's more rounds heard by the shot spotter over there, the zone dispatcher acknowledges, and a unit chimes in saying there is a female who is on the ground by a car who he thinks was thrown from the vehicle but not sure if she's shot or not. Another unit then says there are now 3 more victims shot:
1 self transport to the hospiral
1 lady shot on the street
1 unresponsive inside the house
"714 Robert, we need a timestamp for a tourniquet" timestamp was 00:38, according to the zone dispatcher. Yet another unit says two more shot at 57 & May. ZZ91973 is read-out by a unit just after this. Multiple brief key-ups on the zone compete for the frequency, one transmission comes out readable: "White Ford Escape" followed by "Don't let anybody leave, weapon has been recovered!" The zone dispatcher timestamps this at 00:39.
More simultaneous keyups on the frequency....then suddenly, total chaos and an officer screams into the radio "10-1, 10-1!!!!" Dispatcher: "Alright...units on the citywide, getting a call of a 10'1, 5-7-2-4 south May, 5-7-2-4 south May, has units on-scene. Nothing further right now, Zone-6"
More simultaneous key-ups followed by the Zone-6 dispatcher saying "Guys JUST GO, JUST GO!!! 5-7-2-4 May....JUST GO!!!"
From that moment, radio transmissions are drowned-out by the chaos of the scene in the background, except for 767-Charlie (767C) requesting MORE CARS for May street. Another unit then tells the dispatcher "Squad, 5-7-2-4 south May, as many cars as we got"
767C declares the entire house a crime scene. "The whole house is going to be a crime scene, there's blood everywhere"
The next unit wants to know how they can best direct CFD to the scene, suggesting they come South on May.
742R calls-in on the zone and asks for the RD Number for a 041A (Agg Batt - Firearm, Intent to Injure or Kill) and the dispatcher gives the RD and Event Number at the 8:54 mark.
The 10:33 mark in the recording is when the dispatcher gives a slow-down for the 10-1 per 795.
767C wants to know if a slow-down was issued, and the dispatcher confirms.
"Did we send any cars to Saint B's?" Dispatcher says "not yet"
An unsuccessful call to 761A from OEMC Zone Dispatcher
Zone Dispatcher calls for 734R who tells the dispatcher they're inside the house, and the dispatcher send them to St. B's on tickets of walk-in gunshot victims. 742R answers, identifying themselves as the paper car. 742R says they're gonna go over there because they need information.
732R now transmits. Dispatcher acknowledges. 732R gives victim information.
790R calls in on the zone, gives victim information
Dispatcher inquires about the woman thrown from the car who was mentioned earlier, wants to know if she's shot or injured.
Disregard for the 10-1 given by the zone per authority of on-scene unit
706B mobile with partner: unintelligible
799 wants a total victim count. Dispatcher gives him a count of 5.
761C flash message with offender description: Male black, 5 foot 8, 140LBS, 20 to 30 years old, red shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.and a female with Long, blonde hair. Blue jumpsuit, sheer white shirt.
820R calls dispatcher with victim info, asks for a time stamp.
767 tells the zone dispatcher that they had to make forced entry to a portion of the residence in fear for the life of others after seeing bullet holes.
790 calls the zone dispatcher with a description of an offender
Ongoing Investigation - Public Details Shared by Police
Ongoing investigation has so far resulted in a count of 13 people shot, four in critical condition, and two persons of interest in police custody. Victims range in age from 16 to 48 years-old. This incident occurred at a memorial gathering for a homicide victim from earlier this year whose murder was the result of gun violence.
Chicago Police and Mayor Lori Lightfoot held separate press conferences today, although the Deputy Chief of Patrol, Fred Waller, was present at Lori Lightfoot's presser.
See the Press Conference with Mayor Lightfoot here
See the Press Conference with Waller here
The Scene at 5724 South May
All photos are courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago and Captured News Shooter