17 Dead, 41 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings

Welcome to Chicago 01At least 17 people, including four teenagers, were killed and 41 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning.

The weekend’s latest homicide happened shortly after 4 a.m. Monday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. A 28-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to the chest and head on the kitchen floor of a second-floor apartment in the 1100 block of West Garfield, according to Chicago Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide information on fatality. Area South detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

About 3:15 a.m. Sunday, twin 17-year-old brothers were killed in a drive-by shooting in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side. Edwin and Edward Bryant were standing outside in the 1300 block of North Hudson when a dark-colored vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire, authorities said. Edwin was shot in the chest and back, while Edward suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and head. They were both taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Edwin was pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m., and Edward died about an hour later. They both lived in the 700 block of South Kedzie.

About 15 minutes earlier, 19-year-old Raqkown Ricks was killed and a 40-year-old man was wounded in a Near West Side shooting. The men were in a car at 2:59 a.m. in the 2100 block of West Jackson when someone walked up and fired shots in their direction, authorities said. The driver tried to speed away, but their vehicle struck a parked vehicle before coming to a rest. Ricks, of the 1200 block of South Sawyer, suffered several gunshot wounds to the back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:38 a.m. The older man was shot in the shoulder and also taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized.

At 2:34 a.m., a 24-year-old woman showed up in the 10700 block of South Hoxie in the South Deering neighborhood on the Far South Side and told witnesses she was shot, police said. The woman had suffered a gunshot wound to the body and someone took her to Trinity Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The medical examiner’s office has not yet released her name.

About 1 a.m., officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 7900 block of South Vernon in the South Side Chatham neighborhood and found a man lying on the sidewalk, police said. The man, thought to be between 35 and 45 years old, was shot in the head and chest and pronounced dead at the scene at 1:19 a.m. He has not been identified.

Fifteen minutes earlier in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, officers responding to a call of shots fired found a 31-year-old man lying on the sidewalk in the 3400 block of West Hirsch, according to police. He suffered a gunshot wound to the face and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

At 8:05 p.m. Saturday, 19-year-old Luis Corona was shot to death in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was in a parked vehicle in the 4800 block of South Karlov when two males announced a robbery, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Corona tried to escape but was shot in the chest and crashed his vehicle into two parked vehicles at the end of an alley. Corona, who lived in the 6100 block of South Moody, was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:25 p.m.

Less than an hour earlier, a 28-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in an alley in the 8300 block of South Hermitage in the South Side Gresham neighborhood when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:45 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. His name has not yet been released.

About 20 minutes earlier, a 36-year-old man was shot in the Englewood neighborhood and died later Sunday morning. Walter McCurry was standing in the street at 7:23 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of West 57th Street, when someone in a dark-colored car fired shots, hitting him in the chest, arm and hip, authorities said. McCurry, who lived in the 6300 block of South Morgan, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 a.m. Sunday.

At 4:50 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was fatally shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, authorities said. He was discovered outside in the 200 block of South Kostner with gunshot wounds to his back and leg. The boy was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:14 p.m. His name has not been released.

At 1:23 a.m., a 14-year-old boy was gunned down in the West Side Austin neighborhood. DeMarco Webster Jr. was on the street in the 500 block of South Central when someone in a dark-colored car shot him in the torso, authorities said. Webster, who lived in the 700 block of South Kedzie, was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died at 3:15 a.m.

At 12:04 a.m. in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, someone walked up to 25-year-old Martell Turner as he sat in a vehicle in the 1200 block of West 79th Street and shot him in the chest and abdomen, authorities said. Turner was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. He lived in the 7900 block of South Throop.

Five minutes before that in the South Shore neighborhood, officers responding to a call of a person shot found 30-year-old Tyrice Anderson lying in the street in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, authorities said. Anderson was shot in the head and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:03 a.m. He lived on the same block as the shooting.

About 10:20 p.m. Friday, two people were gunned down at a Back of the Yards neighborhood gas station on the South side. Chiquita Ford and Brian Fields, both 30 years old, were sitting in a vehicle at the station in the 1900 block of West Garfield when a gunman walked up and fired at them, hitting the woman in the side and the man in the chest, authorities said. They were both pronounced dead at the scene at 11:02 p.m. Ford lived in suburban Westchester and Fields was from the 7200 block of South Wolcott.

The weekend’s first homicide happened about 9 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Hernando Caster, 38, was on a sidewalk in the 4900 block of West Huron when two gunmen walked up and shot him in the back and thighs, authorities said. Caster, of the 5300 block of West Washington, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 10:58 p.m.

The latest nonfatal shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday in the South Chicago neighborhood. A 37-year-old woman was a passenger in a vehicle driving south in the 8000 block of South Exchange when she heard gunfire and realized she’d been shot in the left shoulder, police said. She later showed up at South Shore Hospital, where her condition was stabilized.

At least 39 more people were wounded in other shootings across the city between 4:45 p.m. Friday and 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

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2016 Homicides Approaching 600 in Gun-Controlled Chicago

Welcome to Chicago 01Homicides in gun-controlled Chicago so far this year are approaching 600 following another weekend of firearm-related death and mayhem.

The Chicago Tribune reports that “at least 35” people were shot and wounded and another five were shot and killed between 6 pm Friday, October 7, and the morning of October 10. “Four people were shot within six blocks of each other over one hour Sunday night.”

Last weekend’s violence brings the total number of homicides in the city to 578 year-to-date.

chicago-police-departmentThe Tribune reports there have been a total of 3,368 shooting victims between January 1 and October 11, 2016 — that figure includes fatal and non-fatal shootings. There were 2,988 shooting victims for the whole of 2015.

Violence in gun-controlled Chicago set a record in August 2016 with 472 people shot and 90 people killed, according to ABC News. It was the deadliest August in two decades and it came on the heels of the deadliest July since 2006.

ABC News also reported “nearly 12” people, on average, were shot every day in Chicago between January 1 and September 1.

Gun violence surges in Chicago

Welcome to Chicago 01By the end of a violent Labor Day weekend, Chicago had reached a grim milestone, recording more homicides through Monday night than the city experienced during all of last year. This tally came with a late surge of gunfire, as the Chicago police said there were 13 homicides over the Labor Day weekend, most of them on Monday, along with 43 shooting incidents, both numbers that topped those seen in the city a year earlier.

All told, by the end of Monday police said there were 488 homicides in Chicago so far this year, more than the 481 killings they logged last year — with nearly four months left in 2016. The surge in violence on Labor Day came after an average of three people were killed each day in August, marking a particularly brutal stretch in a bloody year.

Police have said that most of the city’s homicide victims were people killed by gunfire. In August alone, there were 92 victims of homicide, the city’s deadliest month in more than two decades and more killings than most big cities across the country recorded in the first six months of the year.

Eddie Johnson, the Chicago police superintendent.
Eddie Johnson, the Chicago police superintendent.

Eddie Johnson, the Chicago police superintendent, said the violence was due to repeat offenders in “impoverished neighborhoods” utilizing what he described as an absurd proliferation of guns on the streets.

“It’s not a police issue,” Johnson said at a news briefing Tuesday. “It’s a society issue … people without hope do these kinds of things.”

Police have attributed the spike in gun violence in Chicago to known, repeat offenders using illegal guns.

Chicago is on pace for more than 600 homicides in a single year for the first time since 2003. The country’s third-biggest city has had more killings so far this year than the two larger cities — New York and Los Angeles — combined.

While crime rates nationwide remain far below those seen just a quarter-century ago — between 1990 and 1995, Chicago had at least 800 homicide victims each year — homicides have spiked in a number of big cities across the country this year and last year.

Independence Weekend Gun Deaths in Chicago Virtually Unreported by Media

Despite being seemingly bumped from the front pages, gun control is alive and well. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband showed up in New Hampshire to promote their anti-gun agenda. Apparently New York’s Mayor Bloomberg is fronting the money for this nationwide tour. No big shock there.

Since the Newtown shooting, it seems there haven’t been any mass murders. “Gun violence” in America seems to have temporarily subsided. We haven’t heard of any shootings in months.

Could that really be or is it just not being reported? Well, you’d be smart to choose the latter.

Welcome to Chicago 01There is in fact gun violence, and it’s happening in Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

While I would have hoped that everyone had a nice relaxing Independence Day weekend complete with all of the trimmings— parades, picnics, family gatherings and fireworks, the people of Chicago spent their long weekend dodging bullets. Of course watching, listening to, or reading any national media, one would never know that.

In Chicago, over the 4th of July weekend, a mere 74 people were shot and 12 were killed. That’s from Wednesday night to Sunday night!

dont-shoot-i-want-to-grow-up-chicago-220x110This happens month after month, year after year in a city with possibly the strictest gun control in the country. The totals for 2013, and we’re only halfway, are 870 shot and wounded, 180 shot and killed, and 211 total homicides (knives, clubs, fists, etc.).

So why is this not front page material, above the fold, in the New York Times? Why did you not see the weekend’s carnage when you opened your Internet browser? Could it be the mainstream press really does have an agenda?

Who is the mayor of Chicago? Oh that’s right, it’s Rahm Emanuel, friend of both the Clinton’s and Obama.

The media wouldn’t actually try to paper over the 1037 murders that have occurred since 2011 when Rahm took office would they? I’m sure that’s the farthest thing from the truth.

Check the Internet. Pick a search engine. There have been many reports of the weekend violence, but all were from conservative or local/regional sites. Nothing from the Times online, MSNBC, Washington Post, et al.

Several page searches in, you might stumble upon a CNN article in which they were trying to find a positive spin and actually reported gun violence was down. The report claimed that the city was making progress, but according to officials there was much to be done. If you find that article, you will notice that the article was from June, when only 40 were murdered and 225 shot and wounded. That’s progress?

They can try to sugarcoat this all they want, but there were more people shot in Chicago during that weekend than in Egypt.

Does the press have an agenda or do they just think that blacks being shot and murdered is important enough to report, unless your name is Trayvon.

Farrakhan, Gangbangers And A New Black State

Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan

In an address in Chicago Sunday,  Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan unveiled a plan to establish an independent Black Muslim country in America using Elijah Muhammad’s “Economic Blueprint: Ending Poverty and Want.”  He laid out a vision for the future of black Americans that, if realized, would elevate urban thuggery to a sort of secessionist, collectivist, isolationist, militant statecraft with the creation of a separate nation that would be protected by Chicago gangs.

Farrakhan told followers at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day convention Sunday, he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help “protect” the Nation of Islam.  Saviour’s Day marks the Feb. 26, 1877, birthday of the Nation of Islam’s founder, W. Fard Muhammad.

Speaking before a crowd of more than 7,000 people at the UIC Pavilion,  Farrakhan said that national lawmakers are using Chicago’s violence epidemic to push for stronger gun control laws but said the Second Amendment has nothing to do with the spate of shootings in Chicago.

“The guns that every one of our young people have, are they legal? No!” Farrakhan said.

Instead, Farrakhan had a different idea for how to address gun violence. In addition to sending letters to black military leaders, Farrakhan said he planned to contact the city’s gang leaders to recruit gang members to “protect” any land the Nation of Islam might buy in the future.

“All you gangbangers, we know you love to shoot, but you’re killing yourselves,” Farrakhan said.  “The Second Amendment has no relevance to the black community in this sense,” he said. “All your weapons are illegal and you’re using them like a savage people.”

“You are the natural warriors to defend. And the science of war must be taught to us, so that we will protect whatever God allows us to buy or build,” he said,

In a remarkable generalization, he encouraged black Americans to stop spending their discretionary income on cigarettes, liquor and cellphones and urged them instead to contribute “pennies, nickels and dimes” — presumably to some fund tended by the Nation of Islam — to help achieve common goals he said have been systematically denied them by the U.S. political and economic spheres.  Farrakhan renewed the call for blacks to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to “control means of production” and produce food and other goods, such as clothing.

“America is for sale,” Farrakhan said. “But we are not owning it. We helped build this. Our sweat and blood was used to protect it. Shouldn’t we be co-owners of it? You’ve got to think like that now. I don’t want to walk streets that we don’t own.”

Farrakhan did manage to nail one truth concerning gun violence among black Americans, asserting that 2nd Amendment rights will continue to have little meaning for those blacks who carry — and use — guns off the legal grid.

Alderman Debra Silverstein
Alderman Debra Silverstein
Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Unlike Alderman Debra Silverstein, who noted that Farrakhan’s anti-violence efforts don’t “eradicate the comments that he’s made about the Jewish community,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered no reprimand of the minister’s anti-Semitism. “They have decided, the Nation of Islam, to help protect the community. And that’s an important ingredient, like all the other aspects of protecting a neighborhood,” the mayor said, speaking of an army of men Farrakhan formed, called the Fruit of Islam. Its members have been spreading throughout the city “to form a human wall of protection against any sudden outbreak of gunfire,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ultimately, the mayor’s condoning of the Nation of Islam leader shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Federal Government Urged to Patrol Chicago’s Streets

Reverend Jesse Jackson
Reverend Jesse Jackson

Longtime civil rights leader Jesse Jackson has called for the Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the streets of Chicago to deal with soaring gun violence in the city and for President Barack Obama to return to his adopted home city of Chicago and personally address the issue.  Jackson was holding a rally and march in honor of Hadiya Pendleton, the sophomore honors student shot dead in a local park days after performing at Obama’s second inauguration when he made the plea for presidential intervention.

Hadiya Pendleton
Hadiya Pendleton

Ms. Pendleton was shot and killed on 29 January as she stood with friends at a neighborhood park, less than a mile away from President Obama’s Chicago home in the Kenwood neighborhood. Police say 15-year-old Pendleton was an innocent victim in a gang-related shooting.

Hundreds of mourners, including US First Lady Michelle Obama, packed a funeral service for the Chicago teenager – whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence. Reverend Jackson said Chicago needs more help than either Mayor Rahm Emanuel or police superintendent Garry McCarthy can provide, Reuters reported, and called for Obama to return to his hometown.  “When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” Jackson, a Chicago resident, said.

President Barack Obama speaks at Hyde Park Academy  in Chicago.
President Barack Obama speaks at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago.

President Barack Obama traveled to Chicago Friday to discuss gun violence. Many pundits pointed out that the President’s hometown was an odd venue for the speech, as it already has some of the Nation’s strictest gun laws. But, it seems, to no avail.

Within hours of the President’s speech, the sister of a 14-year-old who attended the event was shot dead in North Chicago, despite the President’s call to end street violence in the city.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

On Sunday, Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy — who previously has blamed Chicago violence on “government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin — suggested that gun owners are corrupt individuals guilty of endangering public safety. McCarthy also suggested that legislators and judges should cast aside the Constitution and make and interpret laws based on public opinion polls.

Previously, McCarthy was pointing the finger in different direction.  “Most of our violence is gang related, much of it is narcotics gang related. They argue over turf and get into violent disputes with each other, and that’s how people get hurt,” McCarthy said at a press conference last month after a weekend of shootings claimed five lives and another 16 people were injured.

So far, other than a presidential appearance and a speech in Chicago, the Obama administration has yet to respond to Jackson’s plea. However, as gang-related violence in Obama’s hometown and elsewhere continues to claim lives and dominate headlines, it is entirely possible the federal government may directly intervene in Chicago as part of its effort further meddle in local law enforcement duties under the hysterical cover of putting an end to “gun violence.”

Jesse Jackson — whose words are right on cue for the nationwide rollout of armed TSA agents — wants the government to bring in a new domestic security force.

Obama even talked about this “civilian national security force” in 2008, when he explained that it needed to be as well-armed and well-funded as the military! His exact words, as WND.com reminds us, were:

We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.

This is, in essence, a call for martial law a militant dictatorship enforced at the end of a gun. And it’s doomed to fail.

According to law enforcement experts the greatest social influences fueling the growth of U.S. gang membership are poverty and lack of solid economic opportunity.  Depending on whom you believe Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by U.S. poverty with Hispanics populations living in poverty at 38-42% and Blacks at 30-33%. Under reported unemployment among minorities is also at historic highs while national high school graduation rates and out of wedlock pregnancies are at abysmal levels.

It’s no wonder gang membership rates, gang violence and murders are soaring.

The latest Chicago Crime Commission gang report is out, and it totals an enormous number of gang members in Chicago—68,000 or more. According to Jody Weis, who now runs the Commission, that makes Chicago the most gang-ridden city in the country.

The city has at least 59 gangs with 625 factions.  A cursory look at the Chicago Gang Map reveals that gang territories appear to span all over the city’s South and West Sides, but also show up in pockets on the North Side. Also, according to the map, a territory can be as small as a city block, or as large as an entire police district or neighborhood.

It will take a sizeable force to effectively secure and patrol such a large area and if anyone believes that there would not be any confrontations between government forces and gang members, they are living in a fantasy world.

Don’t you find it odd that Jackson, a man of dark skin color, wants his own brothers and sisters in the inner cities to be confronted and enslaved by armed government goons?  Any confrontation between DHS security forces and minority gang members could result in uprisings and violence in other cities.  Is Reverend Jackson ready for that?

imagesPerhaps, the reason the Obama administration has not responded could be that they are considering an alternative.  If you recall, when Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona asked President Obama for assistance in curbing the violence on the border in her state, the federal government posted signs ninty miles from the border.  Can we expect similar signs in and around the Chicago metropolitan area?

Chicago Police Will No Longer Respond To All 911 Calls

Welcome to Chicago 01A police car and faded anti-gang warningIt has been noted that Chicago is a veritable gun-control utopia. The city is intolerant of gun stores, armed private citizens in public, assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and shooting ranges. Draconian gun-control provisions even make it a hassle to keep a firearm in a residence for home protection. Daily headlines also proffer that not only does Chicago epitomize gun control at its finest, but it is also a criminal cesspool.

Now, Chicago’s extraordinary violence problem is putting such duress on the police force that they can no longer perform their duties in regard to lesser crimes. According to CBS, the police will no longer respond immediately to crimes where the victim is not in immediate danger. This is all so the police can be on the streets to protect Chicago from all of the gun violence.

Unless the suspect is on the scene or the victim of a crime feels his life is in immediate danger from criminals, the caller will be directed to give officers details over the phone or at district law enforcement stations.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Police officials in the city announced that officers will no longer respond on scene to reports of criminal property damage, vehicle thefts, burglaries or other crimes in which the suspect may no longer be at or near the scene.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that this dramatic shift would free up as many as 200 officers from compiling paperwork to being out on a beat.

“I don’t mean to be flippant here, because I’ve been the victim of a burglary at least three or four times,” McCarthy told CBS Chicago. “I’d rather have the officer on street, where he can prevent the shooting.”

“You’re upset; you’re violated. It’s happened to me. So, you’ve got to weigh it, and I’m making tough decisions,” McCarthy said. “I’m making a tough decision, but I’d rather have that officer on the street, doing something to prevent the next shooting than — honestly — making somebody feel better, because they’re responding rather than talking to them over the phone.”

In Chicago, where 91.5 percent of shooters escaped charges in 2011, a “no snitch” code emboldens the criminal underground. The city’s criminals now know that cops are spread so thinly that they will no longer respond in person to certain criminal complaints from the largely unarmed law-abiding populace, no doubt a further confidence-booster for the ill-intentioned.

Police LineThe Chicago Police Department is in fact dealing with an overwhelming number of gun violence incidents, with its 513 homicides last year reaching a four-year high. Last month’s 42 homicides were the most January murders Chicago has experienced since 2002, and the city is on the pace for more than 700 murders this year.

But while gun violence does indeed need more attention than non-violent crimes, local residents continue to be distraught about the prospect of being overlooked when they call 911. With too much crime and too few police officers, the city is in a financially tough situation when it comes to fighting crime.