An alleged member of the Maniac Latin Disciples gang was charged on Friday for the shooting of two young girls in a Northwest Side park, as the new head of the Chicago Police Department vowed revenge against his gang.
Antonio Bucio, 22, allegedly got out of a van near the park and fired on a group of people playing basketball. Stray bullets hit two girls ages two and seven playing in a nearby sandbox around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The younger girl suffered a grazing wound to her head, and the older one was hit in the upper back.
Police will begin arrests of MLD gang members on whatever charges they can find: drugs, gun possession, even outstanding warrants. The move is part of the CPD’s overall anti-gang strategy, initiated by previous superintendent Jody Weis, to use heavy enforcement of even the pettiest of crimes to disrupt a gang’s day-to-day operations after it commits an act of violence. Ultimately, the goal is to create an anti-violence norm within the gang, convincing gang members that senseless violence is bad for business.