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Bloody Chicago, 3 Dead, 3 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

After getting out of work late Tuesday, Terry Lowe planned to stop by a Roseland food and liquor store on the Far South Side. He was stopped by Chicago police tape surrounding the body of a 30-year-old man who had been shot to death near 100th Street and South Michigan Avenue. “Typical,” Lowe said as…

Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 8 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

One man was killed and eight others were wounded in separate attacks Monday, police said. A man was fatally shot about 8:15 p.m. Monday in or near the 900 block of East 132nd Street in the Altgeld Gardens neighborhood, police said. Officers responded to the area for a call of shots fired and found the…

Bloody Chicago, 4 Dead, 25 Wounded in Weekend Holiday Shootings across the City

Maggio News covered multiple shootings over a 72, hour period over the Presidents Holiday Weekend here in Chicago. Due to the unseasonably warm weather more people were out and that means more were shot across the city. From Friday February 17th thru Sunday the 19th 4 people were shot and killed and 25 were wounded in shootings, these are just a few.
February 17th, 18th, 19th, 2017
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Bloody Chicago, 1 Dead, 10 Wounded, including Cook County Officer, in Shootings

A man was killed and at least 10 other people including an off-duty Cook County correctional officer have been wounded in shootings across Chicago from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, police said.

The Cook County sheriff’s deputy was shot at about 8:35 p.m. in the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, police said. He was shot in the leg and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

The fatal attack happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of West Van Buren Street in Austin, police said. A 33-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle when a silver sedan pulled up and someone fired shots, striking him multiple times in the body. He was taken in serious condition to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

He was identified as Eddie Thomas of the 5000 block of West Adams Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which said he was pronounced dead at 5:11 p.m. Saturday.

Other non-fatal shootings:

At 2:50 a.m. Sunday, a 30-year-old man was shot in a Pilsen alley. He was getting out of a car in the alley, south of 18th Street between Laflin and Ashland, when he got involved in an argument with someone who pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. A witness found him on the steps to a home on Laflin Street with blood running down his legs. An ambulance was called and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

At 11 p.m. Saturday, two women were shot in Park Manor. They were on the corner of 71st Street and South Rhodes Avenue when someone fired shots from a nearby vehicle and both were hit. A 36-year-old woman was shot in the stomach and both legs and was listed in critical condition. An 18-year-old woman was shot in the right leg and her condition was stabilized. Both women were being treated at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

About 10:30 p.m., a man was shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to Illinois State Police. He walked in to Saint Bernard Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and told investigators he had been shot on the expressway near 43rd Street in the northbound local lanes. He later was transferred to Stroger Hospital for treatment. Police closed the inbound lanes from 43rd to 47th streets for about two hours and recovered one shell casing. The man’s exact age was not immediately available.

At 10 p.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the Wrightwood neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was walking north in the 7900 block of South Talman Avenue when someone fired shots from a silver car and he was shot in the arm. He went to Holy Cross Hospital and his condition was stabilized.

Also at 10 p.m., a 31-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. He went to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right hand after the incident in the 4700 block of West West End Avenue. He has all the legal documentation for the weapon, a law enforcement source said.

At 9:15 p.m., a 43-year-old man was shot in the stomach in the South Austin neighborhood. Officers found him with a gunshot wound near the intersection of Division Street and Lawler Avenue. The man would not tell police what happened and was being uncooperative with the investigation, authorities said. He went to Mount Sinai Hospital and his condition was stabilized.

Just before 8:55 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 9800 block of South Oglesby Avenue. He went to Advocate Christ Medical Center and his condition was stabilized. Police did not provide information about the circumstances of the shooting.

About 3:55 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot and critically wounded in the West Lawn neighborhood. He was a passenger in a vehicle in the 6600 block of South Springfield Avenue when someone shot him multiple times in the head and chest. The driver took him to Holy Cross Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Police said he was expected to be transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital.

No one was in custody and police were investigating.

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Bloody Chicago, 2 Killed, 8 Wounded in Holiday Weekend Shootings

Two people were killed and at least eight more, including a 13-year-old boy, were wounded in South and West side shootings to start the President’s Day holiday weekend, according to Chicago Police. The latest killing happened about 4:30 a.m. in Back of the Yards, where officers responded to a call of a person shot in…

Amtrak Cop Charged with First Degree Murder

An Amtrak police officer just 18 months on the job was charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting an unarmed man fleeing after being stopped over his suspected possession of marijuana, Cook County prosecutors said Friday. The officer, LaRoyce Tankson, unholstered his service weapon, “assumed a crouched firing stance” and fired once as the victim…

Video: Gang Member Accused of Shooting Takiya Holmes Beaten at Cook County Courthouse

The 19-year-old man charged with firing the stray bullet that struck and killed 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was beaten by a Cook County Jail inmate while awaiting his bond hearing at a county courthouse.

The beating was captured on video and released Thursday by the Cook County sheriff’s office.

The surveillance video captured an inmate approaching a dozing Antwan Jones while he was handcuffed to a chair in street clothes before his bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on murder charges in Holmes’ shooting death.

The inmate, identified by the sheriff’s office as 24-year-old Renard Williams, walked up to Jones and struck him with a right-handed punch to his head. Williams was able to land several other punches before he was grabbed by a sheriff’s employee and pulled away.

Williams was unrestrained at the time because he was being brought back into the room after appearing in court for a status hearing on murder charges in a fatal shooting in June last year, according to Cara Smith, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Smith said it was common for inmates to be without restraints as they are taken out of court, and that the attack happened before he could be restrained again.

Williams has been in custody at the jail since August 2016, when he was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, domestic battery and other charges, according to Chicago Police. While in custody, he was charged with first-degree murder in January in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Antoine Randle on June 14, 2016 in the Austin neighborhood.

Jones declined to press charges against Williams in the attack, which is also common, Smith said. Williams was issued a disciplinary ticket for the attack, but has been “a challenging detainee” since he was housed at the jail in August. Williams has had a number of disciplinary violations at the jail, including indecent exposure, fighting and noncompliance with officers’ orders.

Takiya Holmes was in the back seat of her family’s mini van when shots rang out Saturday night in the 6500 block of South King Drive. Her mother and aunt, who were in the front seats, turned to check on Takiya and her 3-year-old brother and found the girl was shot in her right temple. She was pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Jones, a member of the Black Disciples, fired multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun after he and several other gang members went to confront people selling marijuana in their territory at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex.

Jones turned himself in after he was identified by witnesses as the shooter, police said.

Jones was ordered held without bail by Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Wednesday. He is held at the Cook County Jail in protective custody, which Smith said was standard for high-profile cases.

Williams remains in the maximum security Division 9 section of the jail, Smith said.

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Minority Communities in Chicago Fed Up with the Shootings, Killings

People living in some Chicago neighborhoods are fed up. They are begging for a stop to the violence. On Thursday, there was outrage in the community where 2-year-old Lavontay White was killed. Religious leaders, residents and the police are calling for an end to the bloodshed. Community members, Chicago police and activists gathered at Costner…

Chicago Police Officer Fired for Shooting 16 times at Wrong Car

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Bloody Chicago, 11 Killed, 11 Wounded in Shootings in 48 Hour Period

11 people have been killed and 11 wounded in shootings over a 48-hour period in Chicago from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Chicago police said. On Tuesday, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed in the North Lawndale neighborhood, police said. He was a passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle approached and someone inside…