In a Chicago apartment shooting, a man with “anger management issues” killed four of his neighbors and critically wounded another in a shooting while they were eating dinner. Based on what police said, the shooting happened on Saturday night when the 67-year-old gunman, who has not been recognized yet, walked into a neighbor’s apartment in Northwest Side and shot.
Police responded to the shooting at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dunning neighborhood near the 6700 blocks of W. Irving Park Road. “When he walked into that neighbor’s apartment, there were four people at the table eating dinner,” First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said the station. “For reasons, we don’t yet know, he opened fire and killed them.”
He then went upstairs and shot a woman that was later listed in critical condition at a local hospital. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting “devastating and almost unfathomable” in a tweet.
“We mourn the loss, honor the victims, and continue the hard but necessary work of keeping our neighborhoods safe, and taking guns out of the hands of those who are mentally infirm,” Lightfoot added.
The motive of the killer for the mass shooting was not immediately identified, although neighbors announced the suspect was known to have anger management issues. “Most of the occupants inside the building have had problems with him in the past,” Riccio added. The suspect, whose name was not released yet, was taken into custody. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Riccio said the shooter had a history of problems with his neighbors.
“He knew everybody in the building and everybody knew him,” Riccio said. “They say he had anger management issues. He’s had confrontation issues with residents before. We don’t know what set him off. All we know is that there has been a history between the occupants and him.”
Two female victims have been recognized in the shooting. Cook County Spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny verified that 53-year-old Jolanta Topolski and Tsvetanka Kostadinova were both murdered. Nevertheless, Police think the shooting was targeted, although the exact cause is being investigated, CPD First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said.
According to Riccio, the suspect has lived in the building for the past 15 years, also All of the victims appeared to be in their 40s and knew the shooter, Riccio continued Saturday.
After all of these, Chicago is well-known for having high levels of gang and gun violence, but Saturday’s incident was the fatal shooting in the city in nearly 3 years.
Police did not publish more information yet and the shooting remains under investigation.