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Bloody Chicago 2 killed 10 wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

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Two people were killed and at least 10 more wounded in shootings on Chicago’s South and West sides. The latest killing happened about 4:30 p.m. in North Lawndale, where someone walked up to a man in the 1300 block of South Komensky and shot him repeatedly. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he…

Shots Fired at Chicago Police 4 Times in One Week

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Shots were fired at Chicago Police officers Tuesday night in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, marking at least the fourth time officers have come under fire in about a week. About 7:30 p.m. shots were fired at officers in the 1100 block of West 86th Street, police said. No one was hurt, and a…

Chicago Gun Offenders More than 6 Times as Likely to Bond Out as Shoplifters

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Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart hit on familiar themes while giving their solutions to gun violence plaguing the area Tuesday. At a conference hosted by the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano’s Banquets, Johnson reiterated his stance on enforcing stronger penalties for violent gun offenders, while Dart focused on…

Burbank Couple Found Shot to Death Inside Southside Home

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A married couple was found dead in their home in Burbank late Tuesday afternoon. Police said in a news release that the couple was discovered by a family member. Burbank police officers responded to the home in the 8500 block of Laramie Avenue for two unresponsive persons. It was determined that both persons were deceased…

Community Turns Out for Murdered Chicago Boxers Vigil

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This is just one more example of just how senseless the killings in Chicago are a champion will never be realized, because of one person’s actions RIP “Bad Boy”. Dozens gathered Tuesday night to grieve the shooting death of a promising young Chicago boxer gunned down Saturday night. 24-year-old Ed “Bad Boy” Brown was sitting…

Cousin of Hobos Leader, Gregory Bowlegs Chester, Testifies for Defense

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A cousin of alleged Hobos leader Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester took the witness stand Tuesday as Chester and five other allegedly high-ranking gang members set out to defend themselves in a federal racketeering trial that has already lasted 12 weeks. But Walter Binion, a former Black Disciple, then found himself eye-to-eye with a federal prosecutor years…

Bloody Chicago 3 killed, 28 wounded in Weekend Shootings

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Three men were killed and at least 28 other people were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Sunday night, according to Chicago Police. The most recent fatal shooting happened about 11:45 p.m. Sunday in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. Officers arrived in the 8100 block of South Ellis and…

Shooter of Canadian National Railroad Security Guard CAPTURED

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Police in the south suburbs say they’ve arrested a man in connection with the murder of a Canadian National Railroad security guard. Rashad Williams, 24, of East Hazel Crest, was arrested in Chicago Heights late Sunday. He was to be transferred to the Harvey Police department, authorities said. Investigators say Williams shot and killed 38-year-old…

Boxer Ed, Bad Boy, Brown Dies from Gunshot Wound to the Head

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Up-and-coming boxer Ed “Bad Boy” Brown passed away Sunday after he was shot in the head early Saturday morning, according to his manager Michael Cericola. The 24-year-old boxer and his 19-year-old cousin were shot in East Garfield Park while returning from a midnight workout early Saturday. Police say a sliver car pulled up beside them…

Chicagos Deadliest Neighborhoods get the most inexperienced Cops

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Faced with a surge in killings and a breakdown of trust in law enforcement, the Chicago Police Department is sending its least experienced cops to neighborhoods that see the most violence. The six police districts with the highest total of murders and shootings this year have the most rookie officers, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of…

Chicago Boxer Seriously Wounded in East Garfield Park Shooting

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A 25-year-old Chicago boxer was critically wounded early Saturday in a shooting in the city’s East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, friends confirm. Ed Brown and a 19-year-old woman, who was also wounded and in good condition, were sitting in a parked vehicle about 1:10 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Warren…

Chicago Firefighters Deliver Toys to Kids in Need

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Chicago firefighters held their 18th-Annual Toy Parade Saturday, collecting and delivering presents that will be in the hands of youngsters on Christmas morning. And the festivities continue when the 39th-annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade heads down a long stretch of Western Ave. Sunday. Article Org: wgntv.com

Bloody Chicago, 2 killed,11 wounded, in Thursday Shootings

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Two people were killed and at least 11 more wounded in Thursday gun violence on Chicago’s South and West sides. The Dec. 1 attacks continued a bloody trend from November, a month that tallied 389 shooting victims and 77 homicides. The latest killing happened about 7:30 p.m., when officers found a 48-year-old man with multiple…

Chicago Surpasses 700 Homicides with One Month left to go in 2016

In a year of relentless violence, Chicago has hit another grim milestone, exceeding 700 homicides for the first time in nearly two decades, according to official Police Department records.

The 700 mark was reached about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday when a 25-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and back as he drove, crashing into a bus shelter in the 9300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue on the South Side, said Frank Giancamilli, a police spokesman.

Then at about 8 p.m., a 22-year-old man was found shot and killed as he walked in a gangway near 68th Street and Cornell Avenue in the South Shore neighborhood, he said.

The year got off to a violent start with 50 homicides in January and rarely let up even after the end of the summer — the peak season for shootings.

The 701 homicides through Wednesday marked a nearly 56 percent jump from the 450 killings a year earlier. With one month still to go, that represents the most homicides since 704 in 1998. There were 761 homicides in 1997.

Through Wednesday, nearly 4,050 people have been shot, a 50 percent jump from 2,699 victims a year earlier, according to the department statistics. Shooting incidents rose by comparable figures, to 3,315, up 49 percent from 2,224 a year earlier.

The Police Department statistics do not include about an additional 20 killings on area expressways, as well as police-involved shootings, justifiable homicides or death investigations that could later be reclassified as homicides.

The surge in violence has come at a time of upheaval for the Police Department amid an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Justice Department in the past year’s fallout over the video showing the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by an officer.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who was a surprise appointment in March after his predecessor, Garry McCarthy, was fired in the blowup over the McDonald shooting, said his department is doing all it can to combat violence rooted in poverty and hopelessness.

On Tuesday, following a speech to the Union League Club, Johnson called this year’s homicide totals “unacceptable,” blaming what he called “a small subsection of citizens” for the violence. The department has compiled a “strategic subject list” — a computerized algorithm designed to zero in on about 1,400 mostly gang members considered most likely to shoot someone or become a victim of violence.

“The police are doing their job,” Johnson told reporters. “What we need help in is holding these repeat gun offenders accountable for this gun violence, and until we do that, we’re going to continue to see the cycle of violence.” Continue Reading

Article Org: chicagotribune.com

73-year-old Man Shot, Killed Driving in North Austin

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(Sun-Times Media Wire) – A 73-year-old man was shot to death while driving in the North Austin neighborhood early Friday on the West Side. At 2:20 a.m., he was going through the 1300 block of North Laramie when someone opened fire and he was hit in the side, according to Chicago Police. His vehicle crashed…