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Another brutal weekend: 40 shot, 1 fatally, in Chicago gun violence

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MyFoxChicago: A man was killed and at least 39 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and early Sunday.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder. Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home. Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning. On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Englewood.

About 12:20 p.m., a 22-year-old man was outside in the 400 block of West 65th Place when someone walked up and shot him in the right arm, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

At least 36 other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.

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Same old thing in Chicago: 2 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings across city

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MyFoxChicago: Two people were killed and at least 24 others wounded in shootings across the city between Friday night and Monday morning.

The most recent fatal shooting happened late Saturday in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Two 23-year-old men were standing in the 7400 block of South Cottage Grove at 11:55 p.m. when two males walked up and began shooting, police said.

One of the men–later identified as Theo Hike–was shot multiple times in the torso, head and neck, and died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Hike’s home was a block north in the 7300 block of South Cottage Grove. The other man was shot in the back and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition.

Saturday afternoon, another man was killed in a shooting in Englewood on the South Side. Marcus D. Franklin, 22, was on a sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Green at 12:55 p.m. when someone walked up and shot him repeatedly in the neck and chest, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Franklin, of the 700 block of West 61st Street, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:22 p.m., authorities said.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened early Monday during an attempted robbery near Jackson Park on the South Side. A 23-year-old man was walking in the 6700 block of South Jeffery about 3:45 a.m. when two males walked up, announced a robbery and shot him, police said. Preliminary information does not indicate anything was stolen. The victim walked into St. Bernard Hospital at 3:45 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left leg, police said. He was listed in fair condition.

About 15 minutes earlier, three men were shot in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. About 3:30 a.m., the men were exiting a residence in the 7700 block of South Emerald when a dark-colored SUV drove by and someone inside fired several shots, police said.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 28-year-old man was shot in the foot, police said. They were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where both of their conditions were stabilized.

A 24-year-old man initially sped away from the scene in his vehicle, but was later stopped for speeding by Dolton police, authorities said. He then revealed he had been shot in the right wrist, and was taken in good condition to Christ Medical Center.

Saturday evening, two teenage boys were shot in a Back of the Yards neighborhood park. The boys, 15 and 16, were standing near the basketball court about 5:50 p.m. at Micek Park at 5311 S. Hamilton, when a gunman got out of a gray car and started firing, police said.

The younger boy was shot in the right buttocks and the older in the left elbow. The boys–who both have documented gang ties–were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said.

At least 18 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since 9 p.m. Friday.

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Paging the #BlackLivesMatter crowd: 5 killed, 22 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Five people were killed and at least 22 others have been wounded – including an off-duty Oak Park policeman – in separate shootings in Chicago since Friday afternoon, police said.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Sunday in the South Side Marquette Park neighborhood. A 26-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 3100 block of West 64th Street about 12:40 a.m. when two males walked up and fired shots, police said.

The man was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatality, but did not release additional details.

About 10 p.m. Friday, another man was shot to death in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. Officers responding to a call of shots fired in the 7900 block of South Aberdeen found a 26-year-old man lying on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the chest, police said. He was dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

The other two fatal attacks happened within half an hour of each other earlier Friday evening on the South and West Sides.

About 5:20 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot dead in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side. Kelvin L. Davis was standing on a sidewalk about 5:20 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 75th Street when a gunman in a gray vehicle shot at him, authorities said.

Davis, who lived in the 7500 block of South Dorchester, was shot in the neck and chest and taken to Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m., authorities said.

About 5 p.m., two men and a woman were outside in the 4200 block of West Grenshaw when a gunman walked up and opened fire, police said.

Both men, ages 28 and 31, suffered gunshot wounds to the head, police said. The older man was found unresponsive on the ground and pronounced dead at the scene. The younger man was found in the driver seat of a bullet-riddled pickup truck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.

The 54-year-old woman was shot in the left leg and taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where her condition stabilized, police said. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the fatalities but did not release further details.

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On Sunday morning, an off-duty Oak Park police officer was shot on Chicago’s Far South Side. The shooting happened in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m., police said.

The 57-year-old officer was exiting his personal vehicle in the 300 block of West 103rd Place at 5:13 a.m. when he was approached by two males, police said. One of them fired numerous shots at the officer, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. The officer returned fire and shot one of the suspects. Both suspects then fled. The off-duty officer was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he is in serious condition.

A few minutes later, responding Chicago officers located two “males of interest” in the 9900 block of South Princeton, police said. One of them had a recent gunshot wound and was also taken to Christ in serious condition. No one had been charged as of Sunday morning.

At least 21 others have been injured in shootings since Friday afternoon.

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Another typical weekend in Chicago: 3 killed, 18 wounded in weekend shootings

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MyFoxChicago: Three men were killed and at least 18 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.

In the most recent fatal incident, officers found a man shot multiple times early Saturday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The man, thought to be in his 20s, was found inside a vehicle about 2 a.m. near Kenton and West End, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:13 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His name was withheld Sunday morning pending notification of his family.

The other two fatal shootings happened within minutes of each other Friday night on the South Side, police said.

About 6:20 p.m., 19-year-old Anfernee Durant was shot in the foot, leg and side in a possible drive-by attack in the 7800 block of South Vincennes, according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Durant, of the 7800 block of South Loomis, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, the medical examiner’s office said. Police said he was a documented gang member.

At 6:15 p.m., 18-year-old Tyree D. Harris was standing outside in the 6800 block of South Western when someone walked up and shot him in the head, authorities said.

Harris, whose home address was not immediately known, was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 8:18 p.m., according to the medical examiners’ office. A police source said he was a documented gang member.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 22-year-old man was shot in the leg about 7:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of South Hamlin, police said. He was taken in good condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

At least 17 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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Emanuel suddenly concerned: Attack on son unmasked security ‘blind spots’ that must be addressed

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Chicago Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday his 17-year-old son was on his cellphone with a college counselor when he was attacked from behind by two unarmed men on the Ravenswood street where the mayor lives.

Emanuel was tight-lipped about the Dec. 19 mugging, except to say that it unmasked “blind spots” in security on his block that the Chicago Police Department needs to address.

“Zach is doing fine. I can’t say that about his parents. But he’s doing fine. And that tells you something about the resilience of teenagers,” the mayor said.

“You have a role to play as a press and I get that. I have a role to play as — not just the mayor, but also as a father. So, I hope you respect his privacy as a teenager. … But he is good and, to be honest, it’s also good that we had time as a family together” while on vacation in Chile.

The mayor said the unidentified college counselor on the other end of the cellphone at the time of the attack “heard stuff.” But Emanuel stopped short of characterizing the counselor as a “witness.”

“I’m gonna try to balance your desire and your responsibility and your job to ask questions. … And I’m also gonna try to do this also in a way that’s respectful of him. He’s a teenager, and he’s a minor. He has some privacy. He was on the phone with his college counselor. They obviously heard stuff,” he said.

Last week, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said his office would review security at the mayor’s home — and, presumably, of Emanuel’s wife and three teenaged children — “to see if there’s a way to improve it.” McCarthy said he would also take another look to make certain the right officers were assigned to the mayor’s security detail.

But McCarthy bristled at a reporter’s question about how his officers might have been better positioned at the mayor’s house. “The officers are sitting on the mayor’s house. … They are not sitting on the mayor’s neighborhood,” the superintendent said.

On Monday, Emanuel agreed that the attack unmasked a  security weakness. But with less than two months to go before the mayoral election, he was careful not to ask for special favors. “As it relates to either my or my family’s safety, I want you to know that we are fortunate — not only with this job, but also with what the public provides us,” the mayor said.

“Obviously, Garry McCarthy has addressed this. There are some blind spots and they’re gonna address it from a safety on the block — not the safety of the house [issue] for us. And I’ll leave that to them to do because that’s their job to do. But it’s their job to do it for everybody in the city — not just us.

A copy of the police report, with the victim’s name redacted, contains only the most basic and previously reported details of the Dec. 19 “strong-arm” robbery without a weapon that rocked the Emanuel household before the family left for a Christmas vacation in Chile.

It states that two male offenders between the ages of 18 and 20 — both roughly 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall and wearing dark clothing — attacked Zach Emanuel from behind as the mayor’s teenaged son was talking on a cellphone while walking northbound in the 4200 block of North Hermitage, where he lives.

The weapon used was described as “hand/feet/teeth/etc.” Zach Emanuel was attended at his residence by a personal physician for a laceration and blunt force trauma to the mouth and face,” according to the report. No arrests have been made in connection with the mugging of the mayor’s son.

“Offender #1 placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear choke hold, at which point Offender #2 struck the victim about the face with a closed fist, knocking the victim to the ground,” said the police report, released to the Chicago Sun-Times in response to a Freedom of Information request.

“The victim subsequently dropped his cellphone to the ground, at which point the offenders took the cellphone and patted him down. The offenders then asked the victim, ‘What else you got?’ The offenders then forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone. The offenders then fled southbound on Hermitage on foot.” Immediately after the mugging, aides described the mayor as “crestfallen” about the attack on his son.

On Monday, the mayor thanked Chicagoans who had expressed concern about Zach’s condition. But the mayor’s demeanor can only be described as dispassionate — so much so that he launched into a discussion of, what he calls the “four P’s” needed to  fight crime: prevention, parenting, policing and penalties.

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New Year: Business as Usual in Chicago…

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MyFoxChicago: A man was killed and at least 11 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon.

The fatal shooting–the first of the new year–happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Randy James, 39, was standing on a sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Superior when he heard shots and realized he’d been struck in the left side of the abdomen, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 a.m., authorities said. James lived in the 4600 block of West Adams.

The most recent shooting was reported after a man walked into Holy Cross Hospital about 3:30 a.m. The man, in his 20s, walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm, police said. He told investigators he was shot in the 7100 block of South Damen, police said.

Just before midnight, a 56-year-old man was shot while trying to run from a suspected robber in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

The man was walking on the sidewalk in the 4700 block of South Michigan when he was approached by a male who announced a robbery just before midnight, police said. The man began to run but was shot when the male fired shots in his direction, striking him in the thigh, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

A man was wounded in a North Lawndale neighborhood shooting Saturday night on the West Side. A 25-year-old man who showed up at West Suburban about 7:30 p.m. with a gunshot wound to the leg told investigators he had been shot in the 1600 block of South Komensky, police said. His condition was stabilized.

Saturday afternoon, three people were shot in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A woman and two men, all 19, were in a car about 3 p.m. in the 8100 block of South Campbell when another vehicle pulled up, and someone with a gun got out and opened fire, police said.

The woman was shot in the thigh and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. She was treated and released later Saturday. One of the men suffered a graze wound to the side and was taken to Christ as well, police said. The other had a graze wound to the hand and was taken to Stroger. Both were listed in good condition.

At least five other people have been wounded in four separate shootings since 4:40 p.m. Friday.

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Chicago ends 2014 with fewer homicides, but shooting victims up 14 percent

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Chicago Tribune: While Chicago ended 2014 with slightly fewer homicides than the year before, 327 more people were shot in the city — an increase of 14 percent, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The city has seen a marked drop in homicides during the past decade — a trend that’s been reflected across the country — with several years marking fewer than 500, down from the 900-plus slayings of the 1990s.

chicago2Across the city, 407 homicides were recorded in 2014, a 3 percent drop from nearly the same period last year, when there were 419, according to the statistics released Thursday. It was the lowest tally since 1965 when 395 people were slain, according to the department. Chicago’s final homicide tally for 2014 could climb if some of the department’s pending “death investigations” are reclassified as slayings later this year.

But the number of shooting victims increased 14 percent, to 2,599 from 2,272 in 2013, the statistics show.

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When asked Monday about the rise in shooting incidents, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the 2014 total was still the “second lowest shooting number on record,” and also pointed to the city’s overall drop in crime. However, the department only began keeping track of shootings in 2011, after McCarthy was named top cop.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as President of the United States in WashingtonChicago police last year continued to combat violence by flooding the city’s most dangerous streets with hundreds of extra cops. But the strategy is expected to bring police overtime spending to around $95 million by the time the city tallies the final figure for 2014, outstripping the budgeted amount by more than $20 million.

On average, more than 200 veteran officers worked overtime daily in 2014 in 20 so-called impact zones in the most crime-plagued areas of the South and West sides. Also, more than a dozen rookie officers patrol each zone on straight time, mostly on foot and some with bicycles.

The department also continued to work on its intelligence-based policing strategies to prevent retaliatory shootings and curb gang conflicts, which police blame for the bulk of violent crime. Those strategies include specialized units and beat officers sharing gang intelligence.

The department has continued to test innovative strategies like “two degrees of association,” which identified more than 400 people in the city most at risk of being involved in violence either as the perpetrator or victim. Top police officials and community leaders tried reaching out to those on the list, warning them they were going to be watched more closely by police, but also offering them social services.

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