Chicago Murder Epidemic

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…

Bloody Chicago, 2 Dead 5 Wounded in Christmas Day Mass Shooting in Chatham

Christmas weekend in Chicago has already become more violent than it was during the entire holiday weekend last year.

Eleven people were killed and at least 30 others have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

Last year, a total of 30 people were shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend, leaving six dead.

UPDATE: The Gill brothers spent Christmas night at a family party in Chicago’s East Chatham neighborhood, shooting dice with their cousins on the front porch of a brick house.

The weather was good for December, and the game had been going for a while. Then, at 9:20 p.m., someone in a gray hoodie came through the south alley and opened fire.

James Gill, 18, was pronounced dead on the porch of the house in the 8600 block of South Maryland Avenue. His body stayed there covered in a white sheet. His brother, 21-year-old Roy, was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The weekend’s most recent fatal shooting happened about 9:20 p.m. Sunday in an East Chatham neighborhood incident that left two people dead and five others wounded on the South Side, police said. People were gathered for a party on the porch of a home in the 8600 block of South Maryland when someone wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt walked out from an adjacent alley and opened fire. The shooter then ran away.

A male, whose age was not immediately known, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. A 21-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately provide information on the fatalities. 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 fourth male was shot in the body and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. Also, 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 was shot in the foot and later showed up at Roseland Community Hospital. He was listed in good condition.

About 4:30 p.m., officers responded to a call of a person shot in the 2800 block of East 79th Street in the South Shore neighborhood and found 25-year-old Jamil Farley with gunshot wounds to the back, leg and head, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Farley, of the 9900 block of South Clyde Avenue, was taken to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:40 p.m.

Earlier Sunday, a man was shot to death in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said. Jerry Thomas, 22, was in the 4400 block of West Chicago Avenue at 1:45 p.m. when a black truck drove by and someone inside fired shots striking him multiple times, authorities said. Thomas, who lived in the 1200 block of South Kolin, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:21 p.m.

At 9:54 a.m., officers responded to a call of a person shot in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side and found 24-year-old David McClure shot multiple times in the 1100 block of West 112th Place, authorities said. McClure, who lived on the same block as the shooting, was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:37 a.m.

At 1:33 a.m. Sunday, 18-year-old Fabian Ortega was shot to death in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, authorities said. He was driving north in the 5300 block of South Francisco when shots rang out and he was struck in the neck and back. Ortega, who lived in the 3500 block of West 83rd Place, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:16 a.m.

Less than an hour earlier, 21-year-old Niko L. Walker was gunned down in another South Shore neighborhood shooting, authorities said. He was found at 12:49 a.m. lying on the ground in the backyard of a home in the 2600 block of East 76th Street. Walker, of the 5700 block of South Paxton, had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:12 a.m.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, 30-year-old Nathaniel L. Edwards was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the left side in a backyard in the 8900 block of South Hermitage in the South Side West Englewood neighborhood, authorities said. Edwards, of the 10600 block of South Aberdeen, was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:03 p.m.

Officers responded to a shooting just after midnight Saturday in the 3000 block of West 38th Place in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side and found a 27-year-old man on the ground with gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:25 a.m. His not name has not been released.

At 10:50 p.m. Friday, two men walked out of a West Side Austin neighborhood home in the 500 block of North Laramie, and at least one person opened fire on them, police said. The older man, 21-year-old Derrick Jones, was shot across the body and pronounced dead at the scene at 11:19 p.m. The other man, Stephen Tucker, 20, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and back and died at Mount Sinai Hospital at 11:44 p.m., authorities said. They both lived on the block where they were killed.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in South Shore. A 22-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 7400 block of South Chappel when a male got out of a gray vehicle and fired shots, police said. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

At least 24 more people were wounded in other shootings between 4:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Track all of the city’s shootings over Christmas weekend here.

A south suburb, South Holland, also was dealing with a case of Christmas weekend violence. Alford Thorpe, 44, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm Sunday night after police say he shot a member of his girlfriend’s family in the abdomen during a Christmas party. The victim’s condition was stabilized.

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Man shot, killed on Christmas Day in Drive by Shooting in Humboldt Park

A man was shot to death Sunday on Christmas day in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.

At 1:45 p.m., the 22-year-old was in the 4400 block of West Chicago Avenue when a black truck drove by and someone inside fired shots striking him multiple times.

Jerry Thomas, of the 1200 block of South Kolin Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:21 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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