In the latest flurry of violence near Loyola’s Lake Shore campus, a 17-year-old boy was killed and three others were injured at a shooting at a Rogers Park McDonald’s Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The shooting occurred at 3:26 p.m. in the 6700 block of North Clark Street in a McDonald’s parking lot, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) Office of News Affairs.
The incident occurred less than a mile from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, according to an email sent out to the Loyola community by Campus Safety at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.
According to CPD, the victims were approached in the parking lot by a masked male offender who showed a gun and fired multiple shots, striking the four victims. The offender then fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The first victim, a 17-year-old boy, died on the scene from a fatal gunshot to the head, according to CPD. Initial reports indicated the boy was 16 years old, but CPD confirmed the boy was 17. CPD also confirmed the victim’s name was Markeyo Carr. A 15-year-old girl was shot multiple times and an 18-year-old man was shot in the lower back. They were both transported to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston in serious condition, according to the Office of News Affairs. The fourth victim, another 18-year-old man, was shot in the arm. He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital in stable condition.
Sarah Gerhard, a biology and dance double major, lives a few blocks from the McDonald’s at the corner of Clark Street and Pratt Boulevard. She said she was shocked to hear of the shootings, but that in general, she doesn’t feel unsafe in the neighborhood.
“Sometimes [I’m scared] when I’m walking back to my place, after you get past Columbia [Avenue], it gets a little far [from campus], but only a couple of times, and usually it’s when I’m walking alone at night,” said the 21-year-old junior. “But I also know that I shouldn’t be walking by myself at night in the first place.”
Rachel Clausen, a sophomore forensics major, said that while her safety in the Rogers Park area isn’t something she is always concerned about, she does take notice of the stories of shootings and violence in the Rogers Park.
“[Campus Safety’s] email said the shooting happened a mile off campus,” the 19-year-old said. “But that doesn’t address the fact that people [from Loyola] live there. Not all violence is gang-related — sometimes it’s just random — and that’s scary to think about.”
Nicole Minalt, 20, also lives just a few blocks from where the shooting took place. She said she is grateful for the services Loyola offers students as an alternative to walking.
“Loyola provides us with 8-Ride, so I don’t usually walk around alone at night,” said the junior biology major.
All three students said that news of events like the shooting on Feb. 5 should remind students to be more alert and aware of their surroundings.
Area North Detectives are currently conducting an ongoing investigation, according to CPD. According to the City of Chicago’s website, CPD has divided the Chicago area into three respective detective bureaus, or regions: Area North, Central and South. Detectives for this case can be reached at 312-744-8261 with any new information.