Chicago Murder Epidemic

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

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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

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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 HeyJackass.com, 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. HeyJackass.com 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

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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

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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