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In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club

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Another devastating weekend in Chiraq with a large amount of shootings. Women living there are doing something to protect themselves. Shannon Watts hardest hit.

From France 24: Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Shots are fired in quick succession.

Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club. But she is one of seven women learning to safely handle firearms at a shooting range in a suburb of Chicago, a city wracked by gun violence and a soaring murder rate.

“My husband influenced me and we thought about it a long time. Maybe you need a gun these days, in your house at least,” said Crowder, who lives in a gated community with her retired banker husband.

A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the “Ladies of Steel” gun club — after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills.

Dunagan served as a parole officer for 25 years before finishing her career in January, but had rarely held a gun when dealing with convicts.  She said she started carrying one after divorcing her police officer husband.  “I was at home by myself with my daughter, and I was used to having a firearm in a home with my ex-husband,” she explained. “So, I wanted to make sure that we were safe.”

But Dunagan noticed something curious when she visited gun ranges around Chicago to practice.  “I noticed that I never saw two women at the range together or a group of ladies,” she recounted.

Dunagan was particularly struck by the lack of African-American women like herself interested in learning how to use firearms.  “I started asking friends and they said, ‘Yeah, I’m scared of guns.'”

That answer prompted her to start JMD Defense & Investigations, offering gun training programs geared towards women. The “investigations” side of the business will debut next year.

Dunagan also offers classes such as the “Mommy & Me Self-Defense Class,” where women can bring their daughters, ages 8-18 years, to learn hand-to-hand combat. “That came about because my daughter was going to college four years ago and she couldn’t find a self-defense class on the south side of Chicago,” Dunagan said.

Her clients are from the predominantly African-American communities in Chicago’s south side, in or near neighborhoods struggling with runaway gun violence.

Chicago does not have the worst crime rate in the nation, but owing to its large population — it’s the third-biggest US city — it has seen a staggering number of killings and shootings. By mid-July, there had been 1,557 shootings and 369 people murdered so far this year, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Gangs and the drug trade are behind most of the shootings, and they are indiscriminate.

Just this week, a 78-year-old man was wounded in one shooting, and a six-year-old girl and her four-year-old brother were wounded in another. All survived.  “Things happen in the neighborhoods all the time,” said Shandrea Boyd, a 40-year-old physical therapist wearing a “Black Girls Rock” t-shirt.

Boyd said she wished she did not feel the need to carry a gun, but there were too many others who were armed, she said. “You see people shooting on expressways. You see people shooting everywhere. You just never know. So you’d better be prepared (rather) than unprepared,” she said.

Boyd planned to buy a gun with enough safety features that she would feel comfortable having it at home with her four-year-old child.

That will likely be an expensive proposition. Purchasing a gun can cost several hundred to thousands of dollars. A concealed gun permit in the state of Illinois costs another $150.

The process is not for those without means. But, for students like Rhonda Gary, the cost is worth it.  “I get up before daylight and I live alone,” said the 51-year-old railroad worker. “I’ve been broken into before.”

Gary was also joining Dunagan’s gun club to get regular practice shooting with other women. “I think it will be a little bit of comfort,” she said. “A feeling of security.”

h/t Drudge

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This is Chiraq: 9-year-old boy among 10 dead, 37 wounded in weekend shootings

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Heck of a job mayor…

These are the numbers at the time I scheduled this blog post on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Don’t be surprised if the numbers go up by Monday morning.

From MyFoxChicago: Ten people have been killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 37 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Since the start of the year, 1,984 people have been shot in the city, 349 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.

The 9-year-old Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old at 11:13 p.m. Friday when they were shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. They were traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when someone fired shots from a gray car that pulled up next to them. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, police said. The man was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family members gathered inside and outside the children’s hospital. A man who said he was Garcia’s father took about 10 minutes to calm down before entering the hospital. He went back outside and fell to his knees when he learned of his son’s death. A man in the group said the family didn’t want to comment any further on the incident and declined to reveal the boy’s identity.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when he was approached by two males who shot him in the chest and left arm, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.

About two hours earlier, one man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. A male approached and shot the men while they were standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Arthington, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital. A 31-year-old man died with a gunshot wound to the neck. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition had stabilized.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not release their identities Sunday morning.

At least 31 more people have been shot across the city between 6 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Read the rest of the story here.

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This is Chiraq: 4 killed, 15 wounded in Thursday shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Four people were killed and 15 wounded in separate shootings across the South and West sides of Chicago on Thursday. Additionally, a man died after a gun went off in his waistband in the West Englewood neighborhood.

So far this year, 1,937 people have been shot in the city, leaving 338 dead, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

Thursday’s latest slaying happened just before midnight in Princeton Park, where officers found a 29-year-old man shot in the head on the ground next to a vehicle in the 200 block of West 95th Street. He died at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Chicago Police.

About 7:45 p.m., Terbord Williams was shot in the torso during a Wrightwood neighborhood drive-by attack, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The 24-year-old man died at the scene in the 2600 block of West 83rd Street.

At 12:20 p.m. in Humboldt Park, someone walked up to 29-year-old Derrick Murray in the 4600 block of West Augusta and shot him repeatedly, authorities said. The Lawndale resident died at Stroger Hospital within the hour.

The day’s first fatal shooting happened shortly after midnight in Lawndale, where a 28-year-old man was shot multiple times in the “lower extremities” in the 3100 block of West Lexington, police said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Thursday’s final nonfatal shooting happened about 11 p.m. on the Near West Side and left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition at Stroger Hospital. One or more shooters opened fire on him from a car as he walked into an apartment building in the 200 block of South Maplewood, police said.

An hour before that, someone with dreadlocks in Lawndale shot a 28-year-old man repeatedly as he rode a bicycle in the 4200 block of West Cermak, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai in serious condition.

Thirteen more people were shot separately between 2 a.m. and 10 p.m., and they were expected to survive.

The bloodshed continued into early Friday, as two men were slain in separate attacks in Fernwood and Chatham. And two more were wounded in Albany Park and South Shore — all before 3 a.m.

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President Trump forms special strike force against Chicago’s homicide epidemic

Throughout the Obama years, nearly every week FOTM‘s DCG has been chronicling the city of Chicago’s doleful shooting homicide statistics, the most recent being today’s post, “This is Chiraq: More than 100 shot over Fourth of July Weekend“.

Those statistics clearly demonstrate that the gun-control city’s epidemic of murder and shooting is beyond the control of both the city government, headed by useless mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as the Illinois state government.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump had indicated that if elected, he would do something to help America’s black inner cities. Singling out Chicago, Trump promised he would send in “the Feds” to help reduce the city’s murder rate.

Now, the federal government finally is doing something to help Chicago, no thanks to Barack Obama, who began his political career and rise in Chicago — the birthplace of his wife, Michelle.

Fox News reports that on June 30, 2017, decrying the crime epidemic on Chicago streets, President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government is sending about 20 additional U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents the city.

Trump tweeted that “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”

For his part, AG Sessions told “Fox & Friends” that Chicago police are “demoralized” and city politics are not working, and that the Department of Justice is assisting: “We’ll have an impact in reducing shootings in Chicago. Murders are way, way too high.”

Sessions subsequently released a written statement saying “The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence,” and that the Trump administration has created the Chicago Gun Strike Force and is sending “20 more permanent ATF agents to Chicago, reallocating federal prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence” and working with law enforcement partners.

The new set of ATF agents will work with counterparts from the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police on the new Chicago Gun Strike Force to solve shootings and arrest gun traffickers, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Included in the strike force are prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office and Cook County state’s attorney’s office, who will decided whether suspects in gun crime should be charged in state or federal court. Anthony Riccio, head of the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime unit, said: “The goal is the prosecute as many of these guys as possible federally where they will serve longer prison terms.

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This is Chiraq: More than 100 shot over Fourth of July Weekend

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Heckuva job mayor…

From Yahoo: The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.

The youngest of the victims was just 13 years old and the eldest 60, the newspaper said, noting that the shootings were concentrated in the south and west of the country’s third largest city.

The heavy toll came after President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would be sending federal reinforcements to tackle chronic violence in Chicago, where local police forces were slammed for abuse in a federal report put out last January.

The long bout of holiday violence began on Friday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5. The holiday started off relatively peacefully but violence quickly escalated on Tuesday afternoon, when 41 people were shot in just 12 hours.

Violence in the city has drawn a great deal of media attention because it is where former president Barack Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and law professor and where he still maintains a high profile.

The rate of violence relative to the size of the population is, however, lower than other US cities such as St Louis or Baltimore (well, guess that makes it better…sarc).

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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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