Friday, July 19, 2013

Man Shot to Death at 15th and Prairie;
South Loop Shootings Down Over the Last Decade

We, like many people in the Sloop, woke up to a staggering headline on the front page of your morning paper (or website) - "2 Dead in Shooting in South Loop, Lawndale".  Not much information is available besides:
Andre Button, 33, of Dolton was shot around 11:25 p.m. Thursday as he sat in a parked car near 15th Place and Indiana Avenue in the South Loop, police said. He tried to drive away and crashed into two parked cars on Prairie Avenue. 
Button was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead there at 12:01 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 14300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Dolton.
Ironically, we were getting ready to post a story about "The Data Behind Chicago's Gun Crime" that WBEZ posted this week.  There is an interesting animated map showing the progression of shootings and this stat about our neighborhood:
The Near South Side, which includes the South Loop neighborhood has experienced a drop in shootings from a 2003 high of 15, and now has about 1 annually.
(Hat tip:  AR, NM, CL MC!)

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