Chicago Gangs Acquiring Guns Via Railway Yard Robberies

Chicago gangs have targeted gun shipments in Norfolk Southern rail yard on three different occasions in as many years.

They pulled a successful heist in 2014, 2015, and September 2016. The 2015 heist alone netted 111 guns for gang members.

According to the Associated Press, the guns from the 2015 robbery were “en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.” They included  “.45-caliber Ruger revolvers and other firearms [which] spread quickly into surrounding high-crime neighborhoods.”

Only 16 of the stolen Rugers have been recovered. “One was used in a Jan. 22, 2016, shooting.”

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