Tag Archives: Chicago’s gun violence

This is Chiraq: A start to their weekend includes 11 shot, 4 killed on Friday


From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – Four people were killed, and another seven were wounded, in gun violence Friday across Chicago, including a 65-year-old man who was found shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood.

About 11:30 p.m., officers found 65-year-old Earnest Wilson lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his face in the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson lived in the same block as the shooting.

Earlier in the evening, two people were killed in a Back of the Yards shooting. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South May. Erica Frazier, 47, and a 51-year-old man were both struck in their torsos and died at University of Chicago Hospital, officials said. Frazier lived in the same block as the shooting. Area Central detectives were conducting a homicide investigation.

About 2 a.m., a man was found shot to death in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. Officers found Ronald Brooks, 32, shot in the chest in the 3500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, authorities said. Brooks was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He lived in Englewood.

In Friday’s most recent nonfatal shooting, three men were wounded in the Austin neighborhood. About 10 p.m., the men were standing in an alley when a dark-colored car drove up in the first block of North Leclaire and someone inside fired shots, police said. A 20-year-old was shot in his shoulder and arm. He was taken to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park in serious condition. The two other men, ages 30 and 34, were shot in their legs and were taken to the same hospital, where their conditions stabilized.

About 4:45 p.m., a 26-year-old man was wounded in the Fernwood neighborhood. The man was shot in the chest in the 300 block of West 104th Place, according to police. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn by paramedics in serious condition. He was not able to tell investigators about the circumstances of the shooting and witnesses at the scene were uncooperative.

Two men, ages 27 and 19, were wounded in a shooting about 2:30 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The older man was walking outside in the 11600 block of South Indiana when the younger man got into an argument with a group of males inside a vehicle, police said. Someone in the vehicle fired shots and the older man was struck in the left leg and the younger man was struck in one of his feet. Paramedics took both men to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in the West Lawn neighborhood. The man was sitting in a vehicle in the 4500 block of West 66th Place when someone fired shots at him, police said. He was struck in both his legs and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting.

In addition to the seven people wounded in gun violence, a man accidentally shot himself Friday evening in Englewood. The 25-year-old shot himself in the leg about 5:20 p.m. in the 5700 block of South Union, police said. His condition stabilized at St. Bernard Hospital. It wasn’t immediately clear if he would faces charges.


Chicago “gun-sharing” station uses art to make point about gun violence

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Not a reality in Chiraq: A “gun share” program

The art though, does not accurately depict truth.

You don’t need “art” in Chiraq to “spark conversation” about gun violence. All one needs to do is take a look at the gun violence statistics in strict gun-control Chiraq to start a conversation.

From MyFoxChicago: An art installation called “The Metro Gun Share Program” is on display at Daley Plaza in Chicago.

The installation looks like a bike-sharing rack but instead of bikes, it appears that AR-15s are available. The guns are not real.

The installation is meant to “spark conversation” and raise money for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

According to CNN, Brady Center press secretary Max Samis said, “Our hope is to raise awareness of this important issue. We’re hoping the Chicago community can take advantage of this … and learn how simple it is for a civilian to obtain a weapon of war.”

According to Samis, since the Parkland school shooting in Florida in February, the Brady Campaign has advocated for three policy changes:

  • Extending background checks for all gun sales.
  • Banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
  • Passing extreme-risk protection order laws that allow courts to prohibit someone from owning a gun if they pose a threat to themselves or others.

Apparently Max has never actually served in war as he would know that an AR-15 is NOT a warfare weapon.

And apparently the Brady Center has not read the MULTITUDE of firearm laws already enacted by the Illinois General Assembly. See the following (which is not all of the encompassing firearm laws in the state):

  • (430 ILCS 65/) Firearm Owners Identification Card Act (which includes background checks)
  • (430 ILCS 66/) Firearm Concealed Carry Act (which includes background checks)

I guess it is much more effective to promote “art” which has nothing to do with the realities in Chicago.

Maybe Max should do some research to understand the true cause of gun violence in Chiraq. It’s not the lack of laws, the availability of “weapons of war” nor the high capacity magazines. It’s the politics and policies and subsequent economic impacts that persuade gangs to flourish.


Gun control, Chiraq style: 74 people shot during the last week


Nineteen of those were shot this past Saturday, including a 12-year-old boy.

My first thought: The weather must be warming up in Chiraq…

My second thought: Why isn’t Alyssa Milano marching for more #GunControlNow in Chiraq?

From Yahoo: The city of Chicago had seen a large reduction in murders and shootings for the first four months of 2018, but as temperatures have increased, so has crime. 

The Chicago Police Department recorded that at least 74 people were shot in the country’s third-largest city, with 28 of those shootings occurring between Friday evening and Sunday morning. Two men in their 20s were shot outside an East Garfield Park building just hours after two other people were shot on the exact same block Sunday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Police had previously been hopeful that gun violence was on a downward trend after seeing more than 1,400 total homicides between 2016 and 2017. The city’s shooting victims are predominately on the city’s south and west sides.

Two men were killed and at least 16 people were wounded in shootings on Saturday alone. Two women were shot outside of Mount Sinai Hospital while waiting for news on the condition of a relative shot earlier that morning.

While police have noted that many of the dozens of shootings this week appear to be gang-related, the majority of victims are under 30 including several teenagers and a 12-year-old boy on the city’s Westside. Additionally, a 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday as she sat with her parents on the family’s South Side porch. A 15-year-old boy was struck in the head by a bullet Wednesday afternoon as he rode a city bus home from school. The boy is listed in stable condition and police told USA Today they believe he was was not targeted, but instead was hit by errant gunfire.

“It infuriates me that we have a good kid doing what we all expect him to do, and he’s a victim of something like this,” Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters. “This is why we have to have common sense gun legislation in this country. Not just this city, this state, but in this country, to stop things like this from happening.”

Um, you have PLENTY of “common sense” gun legislation in Illinois…CRIMINALS DON’T FOLLOW THE LAWS!

Compared to 2017, Chicago saw a 22.3 percent reduction in murders and a 26.5 percent decrease in shooting incidents from January 1 through the end of April, according to data collected by the city and the University of Chicago Crime Lab. April was the 14th consecutive month in which the city saw a year-over-year decline in gun violence incidents, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told reporters.

Chicago recorded 721 people being shot in 2018 through April 29, which was 319 fewer than 2017. But homicides and gun violence historically peak in summer, warmer months. April was the fourth-coldest on record this year but rising temperatures over the past week were reflected in the spike in gun violence.

In 2017, there were 1,040 shootings across the city of Chicago and 2016 saw the most shootings of the past seven years with 1,115 recorded shooting victims.

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Chicago Police add 108 officers and patrol vehicles designed to stop carjackings


The city of Chicago has a population of 2.7 million so I guess 108 new hires is a start to solving their crime issues…

But hey, at least the majority of new hires identify as minorities. Progress!

From MyFoxChicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced Sunday that the department has added 108 new officers and five new patrol vehicle equipped with license plate reading technology aimed at stopping carjackings and recovering stolen vehicles.

The new officers are being deployed to their first district assignments after leaving CPD’s training academy, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. The new hires are part of an ongoing plan to grow the department by nearly 1,000 officers. Roughly two-thirds of the newly assigned officers identify as minority.

The department also expanded license plate reading technology to a handful of new patrol vehicles, the mayor’s office said. The expansion builds on a program launched last year that supports the newly-formed local, state and federal Vehicular Hijacking Task Force. CPD has made over 20 percent more arrests for vehicular hijacking this year.

On Saturday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that 23-year-old Earrious Moore had been hit with a federal attempted carjacking charge following a Thursday evening crime spree through the Near North Side during which authorities say he shot three people and hijacked several vehicles.

Our officers are doing incredible work to build better relationships with residents and improve public safety all across the city, and we are going to continue to support them,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Today we are putting more officers on the street, and we are ensuring they have the best technology, the best tools and the best training so they can protect our communities.”

Since the mayor and the department launched the current hiring plan, CPD has had a net increase of 1,037 sworn personnel compared to last January, including accounting for all retirements, attrition and promotions that happened since then, the mayor’s office said. The city is on track to meet the mayor’s goal of hiring more than 1,000 sworn personnel by the end of the year.

The new officers will benefit from the new in-service training requirement (the new officers completed the training academy), which begins with 16 hours of mandatory training and requires all department members to take 40 hours of continuing education annually by 2021, the mayor’s office said. As part of the plan’s implementation, new officers will be deployed to districts each month into 2019.

The districts receiving new personnel include:

  • Central: 8 new officers
  • Wentworth: 15 new officers
  • South Chicago: 15 new officers
  • Gresham: 10 new officers
  • Englewood: 10 new officers
  • Chicago Lawn: 12 new officers
  • Harrison: 12 new officers
  • Near West: 8 new officers
  • Near North: 8 new officers
  • Town Hall: 10 new officers

These new officers have joined as part of CPD’s ongoing “Be the Change” recruitment campaign which reflects the belief that this new generation of police officers will lay the groundwork for a more diverse department and be future leaders who define how police support, protect and work together with Chicago’s communities.


Gun control, Chiraq style: 12 people shot on Tuesday, one killed

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No where to be seen in Chicago…

From MyFoxChicago: Twelve people were wounded, including a 4-year-old girl, and one person was killed Tuesday in shootings across the city.

The day’s only fatal shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 32-year-old was in a vehicle in the 4800 block of West Washington when he suffered a gunshot wound to the torso, according to Chicago Police. A relative then drove him to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the death Wednesday but did not release the man’s identity pending notification of his family.

A 4-year-old girl was among the 12 wounded throughout the day. The girl was shot while sitting on a porch with her parents in the South Side Gresham neighborhood.

She was shot in the shoulder at 7:38 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 88th when a dark-colored sedan pulled up and someone inside fired shots, police said. She was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where her condition stabilized, police said. Area South detectives were investigating the shooting.

A 17-year-old boy was also wounded a few hours later in the West Side Lawndale neighborhood. The boy was walking about 10:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Avers when someone shot him in his arm. He was taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, where his condition stabilized, police said.

Three people were shot in East Garfield Park throughout the night.

Two were seriously wounded when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire while they were standing outside at 9:47 p.m. in the 3300 block of West Gladys. A 19-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition and a 24-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was also listed in serious condition.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the hand at 6:09 p.m. in the 500 block of North Ridgeway in East Garfield Park. He was in good condition and the circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately known, police said.

Two 25-year-old men were also grazed by bullets in separate incidents in East Garfield Park.

One man suffered a graze wound to the left leg while walking at 1:28 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Washington and the other suffered graze wound to his wrist about 7:05 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Madison, police said.

A bullet also grazed a 29-year-old man’s head about 3:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of West Jackson on the Near West Side.

The day’s final shooting happened at 11:58 p.m. in the Little Village neighborhood. A man was talking to a woman who was sitting in a vehicle when a dark colored vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots at 11:58 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Millard.

The man, 26, was struck in the shoulder and took himself to Mount Sinai Hospital where he is in fair condition. A 29-year-old woman who was sitting on a porch when the shooting occurred was hit in the stomach by a fragment. She was also taken to Mount Sinai where she was in good condition, police said.

Two men were also shot in Brainerd and in West Garfield Park.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 11 shot (1 fatally) on Sunday, including a 5-year-old girl


From MyFoxChicago: One person was killed, and at least 10 others were wounded, Sunday in shootings across Chicago, including a 5-year-old girl hit by stray gunfire in the Albany Park neighborhood, Chicago Police said.

The girl was standing in a gangway at 1:29 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Monticello when a male fired shots at another male, striking her in the ankle, police said. She was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where her condition stabilized. No one was in custody as Area North detectives investigated the shooting.

Sunday’s fatal shooting happened about 7:40 a.m. in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. Two men, ages 24 and 37, were walking in the 4800 block of West Monroe when they heard gunfire. The younger man was shot in the chest, while the older man was shot in the back. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital, where the younger man died and the older man was in good condition. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t confirmed the death.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. About 11:25 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was entering a store when he was approached by two males in the 7100 block of South State Street, police said. The two males shot the boy in the neck while they tried to rob him. They drove off in a white Mazda but crashed the vehicle in the same block. Officers arrested the two after they ran from the crash. The suspects, whose ages were not released, were taken in for questioning. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.

Hours earlier, a man was shot during an argument in the West Englewood neighborhood. The 19-year-old man was shot in the left hand when a person he was arguing with took out a handgun and fired shots at 7:34 p.m. in the 1700 block of West 62nd Street, police said. He took himself to Holy Cross Hospital where he is in good condition.

Farther south, a man was shot in the leg in the Morgan Park neighborhood. The 27-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots at 5:46 p.m. in the 1600 block of West 119th Street, according to police. The man took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

In the Bronzeville neighborhood, a woman was hit by stray gunfire, police said. The 27-year-old woman was in the 4900 block of South Calumet Avenue about 5:40 p.m. when a light-colored car pulled up someone inside fired shots at another person on a bike. The woman was shot in the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Area Central detectives were investigating the shooting.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot in the foot on the Near West Side. The 26-year-old man was walking down the street when a vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots about 3:45 p.m. in the first block of South Western Avenue, according to police. He was taken to Stroger hospital where his condition was stabilized.

On the Northwest Side, a 27-year-old man was wounded Sunday morning in the Irving Park neighborhood. The man was driving in the 3600 block of North Kedzie Avenue about 4:20 a.m. when someone in a passing red Jeep Liberty fired shots and struck him in the buttocks, police said. He was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized.

Read about the rest of the shootings here.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: IG report says Chicago Police not reporting mentally ill gun owners


How about politicians and law enforcement actually ENFORCE current laws instead of demanding more “gun control” laws?

From MyFoxChicago: Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson said in a report released Wednesday that the state Firearm Owners Identification Card Act requires the Chicago Police Department to notify Illinois State Police within 24 hours of determining a person poses “a clear and present danger.” The ISP can revoke a permit to carry if the holder has been admitted to a mental health facility within five years.

The report says Chicago police reported only one of 37 incidents over 3 1/2 years when officers confiscated a gun from a person whom they had taken to a mental health facility.

Ferguson recommended Chicago police undergo more training on reporting requirements. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the department has adopted the recommendations.

More from the report:

The subset of 37 incidents identified by OIG does not represent the universe of all possible situations (nor can OIG calculate the total number of situations) in which CPD members interacted with an individual posing a clear and present danger. However, given the Act’s sweeping definition of “clear and present danger” (including physical and/or verbal behavior, whether suicidal or directed at another, and with no requirement that a weapon of any kind be involved) and complete lack of exceptions to law enforcement “clear and present danger” reporting requirements, OIG holds that the number of “clear and present danger” situations likely far exceeds the two reported incidents.

As a result of CPD’s noncompliance with the Act, individuals who should not be entitled to possess a firearm under federal or state law continue to exercise that legal right due to CPD’s inaction. Furthermore, without CPD reports of clear and present danger to ISP following the recovery and subsequent inventorying of a firearm, CPD may be returning firearms to individuals whose FOID Cards ISP would otherwise have revoked. In a time of tragically high gun violence in Chicago, and as part of a comprehensive crime strategy, full compliance with the Act’s reporting requirement provides CPD a key mechanism by which to prevent unnecessary gun violence and keep firearms away from those who are not legally entitled to their possession. Given the nature of its officers’ duties, specifically their interaction and engagement with individuals in active crisis and/or hostile situations, CPD holds the unique and essential position in the scheme of preventative gun violence as the assessor of clear and present danger and prompt for investigations by ISP into whether an individual should be entitled to possess a firearm. Anything less than full compliance with the Act’s law enforcement reporting requirement creates cracks through which individuals, likely to harm themselves or others with firearms, may fall.

Read the whole report here.