Chicago Mayor Lightfoot criticizes lack of charges in fatal gang shootout

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot criticizes lack of charges in fatal gang shootout

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted a prosecutor’s decision not to charge five suspects in a fatal gang-related shooting, saying residents cannot “live in a world where there is no accountability.”

Lightfoot criticized Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at an unrelated press conference Monday after her office declined to announce charges in the deadly West Side shootout early Friday between two factions of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“It’s complicated, for sure, but we really urge the state’s attorney herself to get personally involved, look at the evidence,” Lightfoot told reporters. “And I believe that there are charges that can be brought at a minimum against the individuals who initiated the gunfire. We can’t live in a world where there’s no accountability.”

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Members of the Body Snatchers faction of the Four Corners Hustlers street gang drove up to a West Side home early Friday and started shooting into a residence with handguns modified into automatic weapons, according to a police report and a law enforcement source close to the matter, the Sun-Times reported.

Members of a rival faction, the Jack Boys, then fired back from inside the home, striking three suspected Body Snatchers, including one who died. Two of the Jack Boys were later arrested, police said.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot slammed the state prosecutor, Kim Foxx, for not charging the five gang members associated with a shooting that occurred on October 1, 2021.KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images

The Jack Boys initially refused to leave the home but three suspects were later arrested, including one man who was wounded.

More than 70 shell casings were recovered outside the home, a source told the newspaper.

Chicago cops sought to prosecute five suspects on murder and aggravated battery charges, but the state’s attorney’s office declined to charge them while citing insufficient evidence.

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx fired back, saying the mayor should know her agency is not obligated to try anyone without sufficient evidence. Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File

Prosecutors told investigators the allegations were dropped because the shootout involved “mutual combatants,” according to a police report obtained by the Sun-Times.

Lightfoot and several West Side aldermen also sent Foxx a letter asking her to reconsider the decision, saying the suspects who opened fire were not acting in self-defense while noting that the gun battle was caught on a police camera, WFLD reported.

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