WLS-TV in CHICAGO reports: A man has been arrested and charged with murder following the shooting death of a 71-year-old man that occurred outside of a primary school in Chinatown.
Women Sing Tse, 71 years old, was shot and killed on a sidewalk close to John C. Haines Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.
Superintendent David Brown of the Chicago Police Department made the announcement that Alfonso Joyner, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death.
WATCH as the police announce charges in the fatal shooting that occurred in Chinatown
According to the police, Tse, who was 71 years old, was singled out and shot multiple times close to the intersection of 23rd Place and Princeton Avenue, which is just a few steps away from the school while classes were in session. He needed a newspaper, so he went for a walk to get one.
Tse, who appears visibly startled in the surveillance video, was not struck by any of the shots that were allegedly fired by Joyner from his vehicle. The police said that Joyner fired the shots from his vehicle. According to the police, the second round of shots was fired from the car, and during this round, Tse was hit by a bullet. After he has been shot and knocked to the ground, the driver of the car, who the police believe to be Joyner, gets out, stands over him, and then fires additional shots before fleeing the scene.
Brendan Deenihan, the Chief of Detectives, stated that the suspect “gets out of his vehicle, walks up to the sidewalk, stands over Mr. Tse, and then immediately fires several more rounds into his body,” which ultimately resulted in Mr. Tse’s death.
According to the police, members of the community immediately began taking action, which ultimately led to Joyner’s arrest.
Don Jerome, the commander of the 9th District, stated that the “real break” in this case came “almost immediately.” Within a few minutes of this incident taking place, a member of the Chinatown Community Watch contacted me on my mobile phone.
Officers were able to follow Joyner and his car to a specific location on the Kennedy Expressway thanks to surveillance video. It was discovered that the vehicle contained a gun along with an extended magazine.
Communication with the police has always been a top priority for the tight-knit community that makes up Chinatown.
According to Grace Chan McKibben, who works for the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, “The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has kept a number of security cameras up and running for quite some time, and we collaborate very closely with the police.” “Security is frequently mentioned as one of the most important concerns voiced by members of the community.”
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Officers from the North Side who are looking into several unsolved murders in Rogers Park have reportedly contacted Deenihan, who has stated that he has been contacted by these officers. They want to determine whether or not there is any connection between this case and Joyner. He stated that it is much too early in the investigation to know if there is any connection because his department is looking into it and working with the detectives on the North Side. However, he did confirm that his department is looking into it.
“At this point, our primary focus has been on closing out this particular investigation. On the other hand, I am well aware of the incidents that you are referring to on the North Side, “he stated in the press conference that took place on Wednesday night. “In addition, the detectives working on the North Side have already made contact with those working on the South Side. And we are comparing everything that we possibly can, both from those cases and from this case, to any other case that may appear to be some kind of random act of violence. Therefore, at this time, we do not know.”
On Wednesday morning, parents who were dropping off their children at the school expressed their distress.
“I thought I was fine, to be honest, but now talking to you, it’s kind of bringing up the emotion around the whole event,” Marissa Warren, the parent of a Haines student, said. “It’s kind of bringing up the emotion around the whole event.” My daughter said that when they first heard about it, a lot of the students thought it was a drill.
“How do you take your children to school while ensuring their safety?” remarked Wade Chan, a family friend who is also the parent of a student at Haines. “I mean, during this time, children were outside having recess when it occurred.”
Some young students were present and heard everything that happened, including the victim’s own daughter, who is said to be a teacher at the school by a friend of the victim’s family.
According to Chan, who works at Haines School, the individual “went to grade school here, went to Lane, came back, and given back to the community as a teacher there.”
According to Michelle Chu, Tse has been her neighbor for the past several decades. After working in the hospitality industry for many years, he eventually took early retirement and spent his time either with his grandchildren or working out.
“I just feel sad. I feel bad, “— I quote her.
On the streets of Chinatown, a number of concerned parents begged for more police officers.
Chan cried out, “Please assist us.” “We are going to need the assistance of the police officers.”
Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th ward made the comment in a statement. “Not only is a family grieving the tragic loss of a loved one, but an entire community and a nearby school filled with children are impacted by what happened yesterday,” she said. “What happened yesterday impacted not only the family but also the community and the school.”
The motive for the shooting has not been disclosed by the investigators.
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