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Happy Father’s Day from Chiraq: 3 dead, 36 wounded in weekend shootings

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Even holidays don’t slow ‘em down.

From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A woman who was shot to death in the Gold Coast neighborhood was among eight people shot early Sunday. In total, 3 people have been killed and 36 others have been wounded in gun violence across Chicago since Friday evening.

More than 200 people have been shot in the first half of the month, and more than 1,500 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 278 have died.

Despite the carnage, this weekend is far behind the pace of the same weekend last year. From June 17, 2016 to June 20, 2016, at least 56 people were shot, 13 of them fatally.

The fatal Gold Coast shooting happened about 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of East Ohio, according to Chicago Police. A 25-year-old woman was standing on the street with an acquaintance when someone fired shots, striking her in the head. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released information on the fatality.

About 6:25 p.m. Saturday, 32-year-old Dario Balderrama was gunned down in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said. He was shot multiple times in the body in the 4800 block of South Racine and pronounced dead at the scene. Balderrama lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting. Additional details were not provided.

A 25-year-old man was killed and two other men were wounded in the first fatal shooting of the weekend, which happened about 11:50 p.m. Friday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The men, ages 23, 25 and 29, were standing in front of a home in the 5900 block of South Union when three gunmen walked up and opened fire, police said. The 25-year-old man was shot repeatedly and died at the scene. His name has not been released. The youngest man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, while the oldest man was shot in the right leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened at 4:48 a.m. Sunday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 17-year-old girl and 30-year-old man were in the back of a building in the 3500 block of West Huron when someone shot the girl in the back of the head and the man in the upper right leg, police said. They were taken to Stroger Hospital, where they were both listed in critical condition.

About 2:05 a.m., four people were wounded in a Humboldt Park neighborhood shooting on the West Side. They were standing on the sidewalk in the 3300 block of West Crystal when two people fired shots from a nearby street corner, then ran away, police said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized. Two 26-year-old women and a 27-year-old man were taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized. One of the women was shot in the right leg, and the other was shot in the left shoulder. The man was shot in the chest.

Minutes earlier, a 58-year-old man was shot in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. He suffered gunshot wounds the left hand and both legs about 2 a.m. in the 10100 block of South Wentworth, police said. He told investigators he was driving to the hospital when he crashed his vehicle on the 111th Street ramp from the southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The circumstances of the shooting were not known. The man was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 27 more people were wounded in shootings across the city between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Sunday.

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Demorats built Chiraq: “You can’t even enjoy yourself in this city anymore”

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Heckuva job mayor…

This weekend in Chiraq: 4 dead and 31 wounded (as of 1:00 pm on Sunday). Year to day stats in Chiraq: 262 shot and killed; total shot: 1,507; and total homicides: 277.

Chiraq has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Yet the shootings NEVER stop.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s solution? More gun control.

Elections have consequences.

From MyFoxChicago: While his friend was bleeding from a gunshot wound in his passenger seat, Quentin Robeson said he went 60 mph down Douglas Boulevard and didn’t stop at any red lights as he sped to Mount Sinai Hospital early Sunday. “All I could think was, ‘hurry,’” said 34-year-old Robeson.

His friend was one of nine people shot about 3:15 a.m. near Christiana and Douglas, according to Chicago Police. They were gathered in the 3300 block of West Douglas when a black vehicle approached and people inside fired shots.

A 35-year-old man was shot in the leg, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the hand, a 29-year-old man was shot in the hip, a 23-year-old man was shot in the back, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks, a 30-year-old man was shot in the lower leg, a 22-year-old man was shot in the ankle and a 33-year-old woman was shot in the leg, police said. All eight victims were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.

A ninth victim, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the leg and taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

A police source said several of the victims are documented gang members and the shooting appears to be gang-related.

At least 30 shell casings could be seen in the street and on the sidewalk at the intersection in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The mass shooting happened while between 30 and 50 people were gathered on the block, listening to music and drinking, according to Robeson, who lives in Calumet City and has two daughters, ages 3 and 5.

He was standing just outside his 2007 Chrysler 300 talking to his cousin, 23-year-old Vic Tetter, when dozens of shots rang out, he said. Both men “hit the ground.”

That’s when his friend, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of his car, yelled, ‘I’m hit!’ He said his 23-year-old friend was struck in the left side of his abdomen. Robeson then jumped in the driver’s seat and sped away.

Tetter also jumped in the vehicle, ripping off his white t-shirt and applying pressure to their friend’s wound. “I just tried to keep him calm,” said Tetter, who has a 4-month-old daughter and lives in Lansing.

Tetter added that Robeson got to Sinai in less than 3 minutes. The pair stood outside the hospital early Sunday, adding that their friend was in surgery. Robeson’s car, one of four vehicles that sped to the hospital after the shooting, could be seen with a bullet hole in the back window. Crime scene tape roped off the four cars just outside the hospital’s emergency entrance.

Robeson and Tetter had driven from the suburbs into the city to get food from Hody’s Grill near Cicero and Roosevelt, where Robeson’s father works. They stopped by the gathering on Douglas for “only 10 minutes” to see another one of Robeson’s cousins, who was not injured in the shooting.

“We were just having a nice time,” said Robeson, who suffered a laceration to his face but was not hospitalized. “I guess we were in the wrong place to be having a nice time.”

The 23-year-old victim’s brother, who asked not to be identified, was sitting in the back seat of Robeson’s vehicle when the shots rang out. He ducked and was not injured, although a bullet flew “right past” his head.

“This is just the city we live in — the world we live in,” said the brother, who stood outside the hospital with Robeson and Tetter, among more than a dozen other people.

At the crime scene, a 33-year-old woman sat on the curb just outside the police tape, holding her head in her hands. She was sitting inside her white 2014 Nissan Altima listening to music when the gunfire erupted. She was not struck, but her car was riddled with bullet holes and at least one window shattered. She said her friend, who was standing in the street at the time, was shot and taken from the scene via ambulance.

“I just want to go see my friend, but I can’t get my car,” said the woman, who asked not to be named. She didn’t want to leave her vehicle with no window at the corner of Douglas and Christiana.

“This is f–cking sickening,” she said. “You can’t even enjoy yourself in this city anymore.”

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Chicago loses population for 3rd consecutive year

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Heckuva job mayor…

Chicago has not had a republican mayor since 1923. And yet Rahm Emanuel blames this population loss news on the republican governor who has been in office for two years. My gut tells me it is much more than that.

From ABC News: CHICAGO (WLS) — New Census figures show Chicago has lost population for the third consecutive year as other major U.S. cities gained population.

Population estimates released Thursday find that Chicago lost 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016. However, the city remains the nation’s third-largest city with 2.7 million residents. Chicago trails behind New York with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents.

Not only did Chicago shrink, so did the state. Illinois’ population fell by more than any other state last year. A variety of factors are sending people packing. But, experts say jobs may be the biggest one. Many are headed south. Ten of the 15 fastest growing large cities are southern.

Al Gooden grew up in Evanston, but now lives on the South Side where his wife is from. He’s sick of hearing gunshots at night, and said he has convinced his wife that it’s time to move. Atlanta, Georgia is their destination. “A lot of things going on in Illinois, budget crime, education, everything affecting this, a lot of people are fed up with Illinois,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of Illinois has lost population at the same rate as Chicago. And last year, the Windy City was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population. While crime, the state budget mess and weather maybe factors, Teresa Cordova with UIC’S Great Cities Institute said a shrinking Chicago is the result of one driving factor. “It really comes down to economic opportunity, if jobs aren’t there, it’s difficult to stay, people need to make a living,” Cordova said.

With a flight of industry in Chicago’s neighborhoods, economic opportunities have become scarce, especially on the South Side. The black population continues to decline leaving homes for sale and empty lots. “It doesn’t surprise me, but we also know it is not evenly spread across the city, there are some places in Chicago that have actually gained population,” Cordova said.

The Loop and some North Side neighborhoods have gained, but not enough to offset the losses. Cordova said for Chicago to reverse its current trend of losing residents, it must figure out a way to rebuild neighborhood like the one Gooden wants to leave.

If there is any silver lining in the population loss, Chicago remains the nation’s third largest city. U.S. census numbers show that urban growth nationwide declined in 2016.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (first elected in 2011) and Governor Bruce Rauner (elected in January 2015) reacted to Illinois’ decline by blaming each other.

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This is Chiraq: Four teens shot in four hours

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Year to date: 1,295 people shot in Chiraq. Rahm must be so proud.

From Chicago Tribune: Four teenage boys were shot over four hours in Chicago, including a 16-year-old killed in the South Shore neighborhood, according to police.

The 16-year-old was shot in the head around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 7700 block of South Marquette Avenue on the South Side, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On the West Side, two other boys, 14 and 17, were shot around 1:15 a.m. Thursday in the Little Village neighborhood, apparently with a rifle, police said. Officers responding to a call about gunfire found the boy on the ground outside, police said.

The boys were in a maroon truck near 25th Street and Trumbull Avenue when another vehicle pulled up and someone opened fire, police said.  The older teen was wounded in the back, and the other boy was wounded in the foot.  They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized, police said.

Rifle casings could be seen near the intersection where the shooting took place. Less than two miles away at Mount Sinai, officers surrounded the truck that was pocked with several large bullet holes.

On the West Side just before 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, another 14-year-old boy was seriously wounded in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. He was walking in the 200 block of North Lockwood Avenue when someone opened fire, hitting him in the chest. He was taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital.

Read the rest of the story here.

h/t Drudge

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The solution to Chiraq’s gun violence: Yo-Yo Ma to perform at ‘Concert for Peace’ in Chicago

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Yo Yo Ma: Bringing a cello to the gunfight

Over Mother’s Day weekend, Chiraq saw 3 dead and 13 shot (at the time of my writing this post). To date, Chiraq has had 962 people shot and wounded.

Apparently all it takes to address the out-of-control gun violence is a cello performance. Who knew?

From ABC7: Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will join other performers for a concert aimed at reducing violence in Chicago. The Concert for Peace is scheduled for June 11 at St. Sabina Church on the city’s South Side. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association says Ma will perform with members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Chicago Children’s Choir. The Rev. Michael Pfleger also will speak during the concert.

All proceeds will go toward anti-violence and employment programs at St. Sabina. Ma is a creative consultant for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ricardo Muti is music director.

Ma and Muti teamed with Pfleger in planning the concert. They say it builds on their belief that art and music play a critical role in solving issues facing the community.

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This is Chiraq: 11 people shot (2 fatally) on Monday; 15 people shot (3 fatally) in Tuesday violence

blacks protesting black-on-black crimesUnbelievable. At this rate, they are going to kill off each other until no one is left in that town.

From MyFoxChicago: Three people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in shootings Tuesday across Chicago.

Most recently, a woman was shot to death about 11:35 p.m. in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found 22-year-old Brittany Leflore lying on the sidewalk in the 10700 block of South Indiana, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Leflore, who lived in the neighborhood, had been shot in the abdomen and left ankle and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Wednesday.

A 25-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were shot to death at 8:17 a.m. in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood. They were sitting in a dark vehicle in the 5100 block of South Halsted when a white vehicle pulled up and two people got out and fired shots. The man and woman were both pronounced dead at the scene at 8:30 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Their names have not been released.

Tuesday’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 11:20 p.m., when a 20-year-old man was shot in the back while standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Laramie in the West Side Austin neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

About 10 p.m., a 19-year-old man was walking north in the 6100 block of South Hamlin in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side when two males walked up to him and “uttered gang phrases,” police said. One of the males pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking the 19-year-old in the left leg. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center.

About 9:30 p.m., a 20-year-old man was walking in the 4500 block of North Clarendon when a white vehicle approached, stopped, and someone exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots, police said. The man suffered gunshot wounds to both arms and his right leg and was taken in critical condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

About that same time, a 19-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was standing near a parked vehicle about 9:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Komensky when he heard gunshots and felt pain, police said. A witness told investigators the shots were fired by someone inside a passing maroon vehicle. The man was shot in the right arm and was taken in good condition to a Mount Sinai Hospital.

On Monday, 11 people were shot in Chicago, two fatally. More than 925 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

Read the rest of the story here.

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot, 2 fatally, in Easter weekend violence

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Guess they need more gun control laws, or something.

From MyFoxChicago: Two men were killed and at least 43 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the Easter holiday weekend.

Most recently, a 33-year-old man was shot on the CTA Red Line platform at the Garfield Station on the South Side. He was arguing with another male on the platform in the 200 block of West Garfield when the male took out a handgun and fired multiple shots, according to Chicago Police. The man was shot in the head and chest and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.

At 2:27 a.m. Sunday, 23-year-old Tywan Anderson and a 19-year-old man were shot by another male while they were standing outside in the 1300 block of South Fairfield in the Douglas Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, authorities said. Anderson, whose home address was not known, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. The 19-year-old was shot in the left hand and also taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition was stabilized.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 12:25 a.m. Monday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 40-year-old woman was standing with a group of people in a vacant lot in the 300 block of South Kilbourn when she heard shots and felt pain, police said. She suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Less than an hour earlier, an 18-year-old man was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. He was driving at 11:27 p.m. Sunday eastbound in the 2300 block of West 58th Street when a gray car pulled alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, striking him in both legs, police said. The man was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 40 other people were wounded in citywide shootings between 4 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. At least 24 of those victims were shot between 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Easter Sunday.

Last weekend, seven men were killed and at least 28 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago. More than 900 people have been shot in the city so far this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

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