4 Shot Dead in Car in Chicago, Including Pregnant Woman

'This is a blood sport for them,' says local politician of alleged gang violence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2017 6:02 AM CDT
Pregnant Woman Among 4 Shot Dead in Car in Chicago
An evidence marker is placed next to a shattered bullet at a crime scene in this file photo from Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Chicago.   (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago police say four people were shot and killed while sitting in a car, including a woman who investigators believe was pregnant. Police say the attack happened Friday night on the city's southwest side in Brighton Park, when one or more people in an SUV opened fire on the car, reports the AP. The victims were dead of multiple gunshot wounds when officers arrived at the scene, and their deaths have been ruled a homicide. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified them as 21-year-old Michelle A. Cano, 24-year-old Joel Sandoval, 27-year-old Miguel Sandoval, and Ida Arvizu, 28.

Arvizu's mother confirmed that her daughter was pregnant, a local alderman tells the Chicago Sun-Times. The slain men were believed to be part of the Satan's Disciples gang, notes the Sun-Times, and the killing could have been retaliation for a shooting Thursday night. "The revolving door of retaliation keeps rolling," says the alderman. "They are acting like this is a game. This is a blood sport for them." (More Chicago stories.)

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