Chicago Murder Epidemic

Shootings Leave Residents Scared to Go Out

CHICAGO: When the weather is nice, Ehrick Harper likes to sit outside of the Chatham Great Choice apparel store where he works.
Harper, 38, knows the store is on a particularly violent stretch of East 79th Street, but says he makes the two-hour commute from the West Side because he needs work.

“I have to feel safe — it’s my job,” Harper says with a smile as he glances over his right shoulder at his co-worker.
The store closes at 7 p.m., and residents say the bustling commercial strip near Cottage Grove changes for the worse at night, just in time for Harper’s bus trip home.

“You put too many people in a [bad] situation and it reaches a boiling point,” Harper said. “When there is no economic structure for people, they tend to stray or they try and make something out of nothing. That means violence, or whatever they need to do to get it cracking, as they say on 79th.”

The store is in the middle of 2 1/2-mile stretch that divides the Avalon Park, Chatham, Greater Grand Crossing, South Chicago and South Shore communities.

The stretch has had nine homicides since the start of 2013. Two other 79th Street slayings in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood make it the street with the most killings since the start of 2013, according to data from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Robert Tracy, Chicago Police chief of crime control strategies, noted that 79th Street is a busy transportation hub that goes through several neighborhoods and gang conflict territories. Continue Reading

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Two Police Involved Shootings in Chicago


Why do we not hear more from Jessie, Al Sharpton and Obama When it comes to Chicago. All we hear is the gunfire ringing out and the body count increasing in these Neighborhoods day after day.

Chicago police shot and killed two armed men in separate incidents on the West and South sides Sunday evening, authorities said.

In the first shooting, gang enforcement officers responded about 6:30 p.m. to the 2800 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side after someone reported seeing armed men on the block, according to a preliminary statement from Police News Affairs.

The officers spotted people matching descriptions they had been given, and one of them began running when officers approached, according to the statement.

At least one officer gave chase, police said. As the person ran through a gangway, he produced a weapon and refused the officer’s order to drop it, police said.

“The offender then went to an elevated position and pointed his weapon in the direction of the officer,” according to the police statement.

The officer had chased the man up the stairs of a home, according to Pat Camden, a spokesman for the police union. When the man pointed the gun at the officer, the officer fatally shot him, according to Camden and the police department.
“You got an offender with a gun. Instead of dropping the gun and surrendering, he points the gun at the police and the officer has no choice,” Camden said.

The man, identified as Roshad McIntosh, 18, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The officer was not injured, and police recovered a 9 mm handgun at the scene, Camden said.

Near the scene of the Polk Avenue shooting, about 30 police officers stood next to each other behind red police tape while about 50 to 75 people were scattered on the other side.

In a separate shooting shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, rookie police officers on a foot patrol arrived in the 900 block of East 80th Street in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side moments after three people were wounded in a shootout between two people, according to police.

Two officers turned a corner after hearing gunfire and saw a teenager holding a gun and standing over someone who was on the ground, Camden said.

The teenager, believed to be 17 or 18, pointed it at police and one of the officers fired at him, Camden said.
The man was fatally wounded. CONTINUE READING

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CHICAGO POLICE on the Case Second Man Charged in Englewood Porch Slaying


A second man has been charged with murder for his role in a shooting that killed a man on an Englewood porch earlier this month. Charles McKinney, 26, is charged with first-degree murder for the Sept. 1 attack that killed 25-year-old John Wallace, authorities said. McKinney allegedly argued with a man in the 6400 block of South Morgan Street, then returned with another person and shots were fired, police said.

Prosecutors previously said Victor Willis — who has also been charged with murder in connection with the attack — went to the porch after his acquaintance taunted a man there and was told to leave by a resident.

Wallace, who had not been involved in the earlier dispute on the porch, answered the door and refused to say where the other man was now. Willis responded by opening fire into the building — striking Wallace five times. Continue Reading

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53 Murders, 224 Shot and Wounded in August in Chicago War Zone

No matter how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy spin it by touting overall crime being down in the city, the numbers for 2013 are still horrifying. The website, which keeps some pretty interesting data regarding Chicago crime statistics, reports that the city saw 53 homicides in August, with 41 deaths and 224 wounded as a result of shootings. The August crime wave ended on a tragic note, with 11 people shot and killed over Labor Day weekend; more than 25 more were shot and wounded.

For September to date, there are already seven shooting homicides with another 29 people wounded. The city crime data portal shows that murders and shootings are down, but only when compared to 2012. When compared to 2011, the number of murders is almost identical. shows a total 309 homicides for 2013, and things don’t seem to be getting any better.

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Chicago Police Directly Involved in Four Shootings Over a 24hr Period


An off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot a man on the Near West Side this morning in the third police-involved shooting since midnight and the fourth in the last 24 hours, police said. The incident happened at 6:45 a.m. at a Chicago Housing Authority building in the 1800 block of West Monroe Street, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan. The male officer was off-duty and working a part time job when he saw an armed female civilian security guard in a physical altercation with a male offender attempting to gain access to the property, according to a statement from police News Affairs.

The officer, in fear for his safety and the safety of the security guard, discharged his weapon striking the offender,who died, statement said. Sullivan said he was in the chest. The man was identified as Marion Horton, 28, of the 400 block of West Division Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at 7:12 a.m. at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, according to a medical examiner’s office spokesman.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 spokesman Patrick Camden said the incident started about 6:30 a.m. when the off-duty officer was seated at the front desk of the 7-story building as his partner, an armed female security guard who works for a private company, was outside doing a check of the parking lot. When she came across a man in the lobby, she told him to leave but he refused. “He’s very combative and she’s struggling with him,’’ said Camden of the man in the lobby. “So the officer at the desk sees this and goes out to help her,’’ Camden said.

The man finally left and went out into the parking lot area but began urinating on a truck parked in front of the doors. The off-duty officer told him again to leave and “go about your business’’ but he demanded: “What are you going to do about it?” Camden said the off-duty officer told him: “I’m a Chicago police officer — just go away.’’ Replying; “ I ‘aint going nowhere,’’ he began fighting again and the officer realized he was going to need to arrest him. As he began positioning himself to place handcuffs on the man, the brawl escalated with all three as the man, who was about 200 pounds and 5-foot-10 or 11, pulled the off-duty officer to the ground and ripped out about a dozen of the woman’s braids, Camden said. “At this point the officer is concerned that this guy is going to get the woman’s gun so he pulled out his weapon and tells him he’s under arrest,’’ Camden said. When the man lunged at him, he fired a shot and hit him in the chest, Camden said.

“This is no pushing and shoving fight. This is fighting to the point of exhaustion,’’ Camden said. Camden said the two security officers suffered bruises and head injuries from her hair being pulled out. In another police shooting early this morning, police working in the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side heard gunfire, drove toward it and found a 23-year-old man shooting a handgun toward others, according to authorities.

The shooting happened about 2:10 a.m. near the intersection of 63rd Street and King Drive and the man police shot was taken to an area hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, according to a statement released by Chicago Police Department News Affairs office. Patrol officers working the Violence Reduction Initiative were patrolling when they saw a person shooting at an unknown target, the statement said.

The officers got out of their car and announced their office but the man turned toward police with the gun, so they opened fire, said Camden, the spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents rank-and-file police officers. Officers fired when the man turned toward them with the weapon raised, the News Affairs statement said. Continue Reading

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Chicago Murder Epidemic Claims The Lives of 4 Siblings Over a Decade 1/2


This is by far one of the worst tragedy’s yet in this on going Chicago Murder Epidemic. This mother of four had lost one child to gun violence in 1995, in Earlie 2012 Shirley Chambers lost two more children. In April 2012, Chambers’ 15-year-old daughter, LaToya, was shot in the head while standing in the lobby of a Cabrini high-rise. In July, Chambers’ son Jerome, 23, was gunned down a few feet from a pay phone in the 400 block of West Chicago Avenue, not far from where his sister died. Shirley Chambers has lost all four of her children and is now alone. Life has become so cheap in Chicago low income minority community’s, Young lives being snuffed out like this is just one more example of societal decay in Chicago’s African American Community’s.

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The last Shooting victim of the family appeared on ‘The Ricki Lake Show’ to warn about gang violence, this was Shirley Chambers last remaining sibling was killed, just after he had appeared on Ricki Lakes TV show to warn about gang violence.

Org: Chicago Tribune