One man was killed and his brother injured in Highland Park during an early evening shooting near Avenue 53 and Monte Vista Street. Police were looking for the suspect who walked up to the victims and opened fire at about 6:20 p.m., said Sgt. Lisa Phillips with the Northeast Division. The person who survived the shooting suffered an injury that was not life threatening, she said.
The shooting was the most recent to take place on or near Monte Vista Street in recent months. Residents “need to take back their neighborhood,” Phillips said.
There was a heavy police presence in the area hours after the shooting as police, some wearing helmets, blocked off streets during te search for suspects.
One resident said “there has been a lot of tagging lately that says ’53’ in the area where the shooting took place. We have never seen tags that say ’53’ before until recently.”
* Update on Sunday, July 8: The victim who died has been identified as 24-year-old Pedro Morales; his brother, Charlie Morales, 22, is in stable condition, said Lt. Mike Menza with the Northeast Division. The suspects remain at large in a shooting that is being investigated as gang-related crime.