Chicago Murder Epidemic

Chicago, 2017 Murders Hit 100

Chicago has already seen 100 murders in 2017, according to a DNAinfo analysis. A particularly violent Wednesday that saw six people killed — including a pregnant woman and 60-year-old man — pushed the city to the grim milestone overnight, according to DNAinfo data. In 2016, the city had seen 100 murders by Feb. 24. That…

Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Chicago Heights

Chicago Heights police said a woman was found dead in a grassy area next to a home on Schilling Avenue Wednesday night. Police said they received a 911 call shortly before 9:30 p.m. from a caller saying she could hear a woman screaming for help in the 1400-block of Schilling Avenue. When police arrived at…

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…

Trump, Two Chicago s, One Safe, other Worse than Middle East

President Donald Trump said there were “two Chicagos” in his free-flowing, grievance filled press conference on Thursday — one “safe,” the other “worse than the Middle East.” While Trump’s use of the phrase “two Chicagos” is new, his focus on crime in Chicago is not. Trump earlier has used the Middle East comparison. Trump regularly…

Man Shot, Killed in Marquette Park

A man in his 20s was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, according to Chicago Police. About 8:45 p.m., he was standing in an alley in the 3000 block of West Marquette when someone in a black car opened fire, hitting the man in the head and…

Boy age 2, Man, Killed, Pregnant Woman Wounded in North Lawndale Shooting

A man and a 2-year-old boy were shot and killed and a pregnant woman was wounded Tuesday afternoon in North Lawndale.

The woman who was on Facebook Live at the time of the shooting, which occurred in an alley in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue.

They were in a car in the alley about 1:30 p.m. when another vehicle drove past and someone got out, pulled out a weapon and fired shots, according to Chicago Police.

The 2-year-old was shot in the head, the 25-year-old man was shot in the head and the 25-year-old woman was shot in the abdomen, police said. The man and toddler were taken to Stroger Hospital, and the woman was taken to Mount Sinai.

After the shooting, detectives walked in the alley, pointing occasionally at a maroon four-door sedan with several bullet holes visible in the rear, passenger-side window. The car seemed to have veered into a fence, coming to rest partially in a vacant lot.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the woman was the boy’s aunt, and was in fair condition.

At a press conference, across from the crime scene, Johnson said a male “documented gang member” who had been in the car was the target of a gunman who fired “several shots” into the vehicle.

The Facebook video, which had been viewed more than 100,000 times on Facebook just three hours after the shooting, shows a young woman in a black hoodie films as she sits in the passenger seat of a car, smiling and singing along to a rap song with the driver, a young man in a white hoodie and baseball cap. As she pans the camera phone back and forth inside the car, the head of a child seated in the back of the car is briefly visible.

The woman’s cheery expression changes, as she peers outside the car and to her left, shortly before the crack of a gunshot. The woman tumbles out the door of the car and sprints through a lot, an alley, and through a doorway, screaming for help.

The woman bolts into a house, and the screen goes dark but the audio continues. The woman says she’s been shot in the stomach, but doesn’t want to go to the hospital.
“I can’t go to the hospital,” she says. “They’ll send me to jail.”

On Monday, the woman had posted a picture of a red four-door, captioned “fresh car wash get new tires still trying to sell it doe.” Beneath the photo, more than one person chastised her for giving valuable intelligence to her boyfriend’s enemies, or “opps.”

“U posted this pick yo boyfriend opps saw it and they got on y’all ass,” wrote one poster. “sad but if you f – – – wit the streets or street people you gotta be smarter young one.”

Sounding a familiar call to action, Johnson said tougher gun laws are needed to abate the violence in the city.

“We just cannot afford to have our children shot down for something they had no involvement in,” Johnson said.

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Austin Mass Shooting Leaves, 1 Woman Dead, 3 Wounded

A woman was killed and three more people were wounded in a Saturday night shooting in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. The four were outside about 8:30 p.m. in the 100 block of North Mayfield when a dark-colored SUV approached them, Chicago Police said. Two people got out of the SUV and began…

Man Stabbed to Death along Near West Side Metra Tracks

Police were questioning a suspect after a man was found stabbed to death near Metra tracks Wednesday afternoon in the Fulton River District, authorities said. Officers found a 24-year-old man who was stabbed and unresponsive in the 400 block of North Clinton Street about 3:20 p.m., police said. The man was pronounced dead on the…

Bloody Chicago, Boy Age 15, Honor Student, Shot, Killed in Drive by in Roseland

A teenage boy was shot and killed this afternoon on Chicago’s South Side.

15-year-old Willie Woodus was walking home from Fenger High School where he was a freshman.

Police say someone drove by in a car and opened fire in the 11400 block of S Stewart in the Roseland neighborhood.

Police say Woodus was shot at least five times, three times in the abdomen, once in the chest and the fatal shot to his head.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Woodus’s family says he had been living with his aunt in Hammond, Indiana, but moved back to Chicago to go to high school.

His family says he was an honor student and Fenger.

No one is in custody.

Police are investigating.

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Bloody January in Chicago, 290, Plus Shot, 53 Killed

At the start of this year, the Chicago Police Department unveiled a list of tactics to combat violence following one of the deadliest years in the city in decades. But nearly one month into the new year, the numbers of shootings and homicides are nearly identical to the first month of 2016. As of Monday…

Trump Threatens to Send FEDS to Crime Ravaged Chicago

Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to send “feds” to Chicago over a rise in shootings in the city, escalating a feud with the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel. “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds,” Trump tweeted.…