A Hermosa man charged in the shooting death of a two-year-old boy was arrested Friday after community members identified him to police.
Alexander Varela, 27, allegedly ordered the shooting that left Julien Gonzalez dead and an 18-year-old man wounded. Verela was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm in the Oct. 6 shooting.
The gunman is still at-large, which it turns out, is more common than you might think.
The Chicago Police Department often struggles to identify and arrest murder suspects ― police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the first half of 2018, according to a USA Today report.
The city’s “murder clearance rate” ― the percentage of murders solved by CPD ― hit a new low in 2017 and has continued to decline.
Morning Shift discusses CPD murder clearance rates and how they compare with rates in other major American cities.
GUESTS: Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune crime reporter
Thomas K. Hargrove, founder and chairman of the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project which tracks unsolved homicides nationwide
LEARN MORE: Hermosa Gang Member Charged In Connection With Fatal Shooting Of 2-Year-Old (CBS 10/22/18)
Chicago police solve one in every 20 shootings. Here are some reasons why that’s so low. (Chicago Tribune 8/8/18)
Chicago police solved fewer than one in six homicides in the first half of 2018 (USA Today 9/21/18)