Chicago rapper FBG Duck has been shot and killed in a brazen drive-by shooting in broad daylight near the city’s famed Magnificent Mile.
The shooting occurred at about 4.37pm on Tuesday on East Oak Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, where Duck and two friends were shopping in the area’s upscale boutiques.
Police say that two cars pulled up, and four individuals got out and opened fire, striking the three victims, before fleeing the scene.
FBG Duck, a 26-year-old whose real name is Carlton D. Weekly, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was identified as the deceased victim by police radio traffic and family members on social media.
A 36-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were also taken to area hospitals, and both were in serious condition, police said.
Shocking video from the scene appears to show Weekly and the other members of his entourage following the shooting, with two men seen sprawled in the street with injuries.
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Police say the four gunmen fled the scene in two vehicles, a black Ford Taurus and a silver Chrysler 300M.
Both vehicles fled westbound on Oak Street, and no suspects are in custody.
It is just the latest incident of violence to rock Chicago, which has seen murders soar by 152 percent and shootings rise 62 percent in the past four weeks, compared with the same time period last year, according to Chicago Police Department data.
Still, the shooting came as a shock on the upscale Gold Coast block lined with boutique shops, just off Michigan Avenue, where violence is usually rare.
The epicenters of recent violence in Chicago have been mainly away from the downtown core on the city’s South and West Sides, where gang rivalries are more common.
Weekly was reportedly affiliated with the Tooka Gang, a reputed faction of the Gangster Disciples.
He had ongoing feuds with numerous other Chicago rappers affiliated with rival gangs, and had released ‘dis tracks’ insulting several of them.
Weekly also had prior brushes with violence. He was reportedly once stabbed in the stomach by an ex-girlfriend, and in 2018, he was shot in the shoulder.
In 2017, the rapper’s brother FBG Brick was shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side.
As in other major cities, violence in Chicago has soared since late May, with shooting incidents and murders up dramatically.
From January 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people were shot, a number that includes those killed, according to the Chicago Police Department.
That compares to 290 homicides and 1,480 shootings in Chicago in the same period last year, and is nearly as many homicides as the entire year of 2019.
July was especially violent; the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings.
Last weekend, eight people were killed in Chicago, including a nine-year-old boy, and at least 19 other people were wounded.
President Donald Trump recently announced he was sending federal agents to some cities, including Chicago, as part of what he calls Operation Legend to help local authorities fight such crime.
Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot reacted with bitter opposition after Trump announced his plan to send federal agents to the Windy City.
‘Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,’ Lightfoot said in reaction to the plan.
At midnight on Tuesday, Lightfoot had not yet publicly commented on Weekly’s shooting death. The mayor’s most recent tweet was a solicitation for online signatures on her birthday card. She turned 58 on Tuesday.
Despite Lightfoot’s threats, federal agents have been dispatched to Chicago, including an ATF ballistics team to assist with shooting investigations.
Although federal agents in Chicago are primarily assisting police in investigating violent crime, an ATF agent intervened when he saw an attempted carjacking on Friday, firing on the suspect.
An ATF spokeswoman said the agent, a regular full-time Chicago Field Division staffer who is not part of Operation Legend, did not wound anyone and the suspect or suspects got away.
ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting a use-of-force investigation, and Chicago police are handling the carjacking probe, the spokeswoman said.