Chicago police leaders issued an “officer safety alert” to officers warning that factions of the Latin Kings in the Southwest Side of the city “were instructed by ranking members to shoot at unmarked Chicago police vehicles,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
The alert, sent out Thursday, said the gang planned on retaliating against officers supposedly after the police shooting of a 13-year-old, Adam Toledo. The shooting happened on March 29th at around 2 a.m.
The alert said that the gang members could shoot at unmarked police vehicles but did not cite a specific reason for a retaliation.
The warning covered the majority of the Hispanic district Little Village. More specifically, the warning covers area between 23rd Street and 28th Street and between Lawndale Avenue and Whipple Street.
Police said that officers responded to reports of gunfire and found Toledo and a man in an alleyway to the west of the 2300 block of South Sawyer.
One officer chased the 13-year-old, who the police say was armed, and shot him in the chest. Police released an image of a gun recovered on the scene. The boy’s mother was not identified until two days after the shooting and the police did not reveal the boy’s age until three days after the shooting.
The bodycam footage will be shown to the family before releasing it to the public.