Chicago Murder Epidemic

2 Men Charged with Fatal West Side Shooting in 2015

Two men have been charged with gunning down another man and wounding two more in an Austin neighborhood shooting that happened more than a year ago on the West Side. Jarell Miller, 22, and Miguel Wilson, 26, face counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 24, 2015, killing of 24-year-old William Carter, according to Chicago…

Shooting Near Eisenhower Expressway, 1 Killed, 1 Wounded

Shooting Near Eisenhower Expressway Ramp, 1 Killed, 1 Wounded One person was killed and another person was injured after a shooting near the Eisenhower Expressway. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Monday near the intersection of Lexington and Kolmar on the city’s West Side. The two victims walked into West Suburban Hospital with gunshot…

One More Person Dies in Christmas Day Mass Shooting in Chatham

A 33-year-old man has died nearly two weeks after he was shot in a mass shooting on Christmas night in the East Chatham neighborhood, authorities said.

Three men were killed and four other people were wounded in the shooting, which happened about 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 25, Chicago Police said. A group of people were gathered on the porch of a home in the 8600 block of South Maryland for a party when someone wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt walked out from an adjacent alley and opened fire before running away.

Steven Freeman, of the 7600 block of South Normal, was shot in the body and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 1:53 a.m. Friday, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Also killed were James Gill, 18, who was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene; and Roy Gill III, 21, who was shot multiple times and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died, authorities said.

A 35-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was also taken to Christ, where he was listed in critical condition, police said. A 27-year-old man and 21-year-old woman both suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and were taken to Stroger, where their conditions were stabilized. A 39-year-old man shot in the foot later showed up at Roseland Community Hospital in good condition, police said.

“We heard the shots and hit the deck,” a neighbor who asked not to be named said the morning after. “There’s people in and out of that house all the time.”

Litter, including an empty bottle of Ketel One vodka and empty beer cans, strewn the lawn near police tape that cordoned off the crime scene.

A police officer guarding the scene said at least five shell casings were recovered as the snow covering a patch of grass outside the home melted overnight.

Area South detectives were investigating. No one was in custody.

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Man Shot, Killed Outside Walgreens in Evergreen Park

A man was shot and killed outside a suburban Walgreens Thursday night. Police say they responded to a report of shots fired at the Walgreens in the 8700 block of S Kedzie Ave in Evergreen Park around 6:45 p.m. Police found the victim shot inside his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses…

Man Shot, Killed Visiting Family in Bronzeville Neighborhood

Daina McKinley had already fallen asleep late Thursday when family members heard gunshots outside their Bronzeville apartment. Her daughter saw the gunman running away, her sister recognized the car parked out front. When they went outside, they saw McKinley’s nephew, Dante Swanson, shot dead in his dark-colored sedan in the 800 block of East 46th…

Bloody Chicago, 3 Killed, 11 Wounded in Shootings on Tuesday

Three people were killed and at least 11 others were wounded in shootings Tuesday across the city’s South and West sides, according to Chicago Police. Most recently, one man was killed and another was critically wounded in a Homan Square neighborhood shooting on the West Side. Officers responding at 11:13 p.m. to a call of…

Father Phleger Leads 800 Crosses of Chicago Homicide Victims Down Michigan Ave

This afternoon Father Phleger organized a memorial for the 800 shooting victims and their families in Chicago. Around 800 crosses slowly flowed down Michigan Ave like a river.

The sheer totality of the spectacle was presented in a macabre type fashion. It was hard to look at the photos and crosses of the 800 victims in one place, it was even harder to watch the grieving families carrying the crosses with photos of their murdered loved ones. This hit home for me knowing I had covered many of these victims as they died alone on the sidewalks and streets of Bloody Chicago.

I took time to search the 800 names on the crosses for one name in particular, It was the name of a seventeen-year-old murder victim named Neomi Zuber I filmed this young girl dying on a poorly lite street corner in the back of the yards neighborhood in late September. When I finally found, her cross the enormity of this nightmare hit me like a ton of bricks. I would like to personally extend my condolences to all the families for their loses. Maggio news signing off…

Article/ Video by Vic Maggio

Chicago Leadership Silent on Skyrocketing Murder Rate

Kesha Hester doesn’t understand how Demarco was shot. That couldn’t happen to her son, Hester said months later, sitting in her Garfield Park home. Not Demarco Webster, who, like his brother and sisters, never played outside because it was too dangerous. Not Demarco, who brought home A’s and B’s. He was going to be the…