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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago police and transit officials on Saturday promised extra security for city trains to stem a spike in violent crime after a passenger was fatally shot in the night.
A 29-year-old man, Diuntel Moon, was shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen on a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood around 2 a.m. Saturday, said Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown at a press conference. .
Moon was pronounced dead in a hospital. No suspects are in custody, Brown said.
“Senseless gun violence and incidents like these…have no place in this city. It is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Brown said. “No resident should think twice about its safety in any part of the CTA or in our neighborhoods.”
Brown and CTA President Dorval Carter denounced the spike in numbers not seen in a decade. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that as of mid-July, the CTA had reported 488 violent crimes this year, the most since the same period in 2011.
Gun violence in particular continues to haunt Chicago. In addition to Moon’s murder, Chicago Deputy Chief of Police Rahman Muhammad reported four other early morning homicides in the city on Saturday. However, crimes committed with firearms are down this year compared to 2020 and 2021.
Through June, Chicago police reported 1,255 shootings and 310 homicides. That grisly pace would mean over 600 for the year, but significantly lower than the 836 in 2021.
Brown promised that additional police would be assigned to the CTA from Sunday, but he declined to specify how many for security reasons. He said the police presence on the CTA had also been increased earlier this year.
The CTA, which has an unarmed security force, will reinstate the use of canine patrols, Carter said without giving further details.
“It’s just another extra resource to use, obviously, in addition to the security guards,” Carter said. “There is nothing magical about the canine unit.”
“The more we can add to the CTA in both unarmed security and prevention mode, armed DPC officers in execution mode and truly aggressive investigative efforts to bring offenders to justice are all part of the criminal justice effort,” Brown said.
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