Ald. Derrick Curtis accidentally shoots self in wrist while cleaning gun, police say

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Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th) speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations in the city of Chicago during a press conference at Richard J. Daley College on the Southwest Side, Thursday morning, Jan 14, 2021. Ten people received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at the college, the first of six mass distribution sites opening in the city.

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A Southwest Side alderman accidentally shot himself Monday afternoon in the Ashburn neighborhood, the Sun-Times has learned.

Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th) suffered a gunshot wound to his wrist around noon while cleaning his gun in the 8200 block of South Christiana Avenue, according to a Chicago police alert.

Curtis was taken to Christ Medical Center in good condition, the alert states. 

A police spokesperson wouldn’t confirm that Curtis had been shot because the department doesn’t publicly identify victims. 

Curtis didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

A close ally of Mayor Lori Lightfoot first elected in 2015, Curtis has spoken out strongly against the flow of illegal guns into Chicago. In response to questions from the Sun-Times’ editorial board in 2019, he said officials “need to continue to stop the demand for guns by continuing to invest in underserved communities through economic development [and] create jobs, mentorship and job skills training.”

He also raised the possibility of suing the state of Indiana to target gun sellers “for failing to adhere to basic standards of accountability” and called for coordination with state legislators around gun issues.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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October 17, 2022 at 03:24PM

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