The weekend’s latest homicide happened early Sunday during a Birthday Party/ Block Party attended by more than 150 people in the University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.
At about 2:20 a.m., a 43-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were at the party outside in the 1300 block of West Hastings when someone opened fire, the gunman fired more than 20 shots into the crowd.
A man was shot in the head and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the left arm and back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was stabilized, another unidentified women was injured by the gun fire and taken away by ambulance the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.
Early Sunday morning the Chicago police dispatch put out an urgent request over the radio for all tactical officers with long guns from the 11th and 14th districts to respond to the shooting and mass chaos at Throop and Hastings streets in the University Village housing project on the Near West Side.
Arriving In the early moments of the shooting I followed the Chicago police into the area where the bloc party was taking place and I could still hear the shots being fired as police continued to pour into the chaotic scene, people were running and screaming throughout the housing project. Dozens upon dozens of police continued to converge on the area in an attempt to keep the peace in what this reporter describes as a volatile and confused situation, the police and first responders need to penetrate and disperse the large crowd surrounding the gunshot victims lying in the street so they could get them to the multiple ambulances lining the street so they could be taken to the area hospitals to be treated.
.According to a witness at the scene “Everybody was just mingling and talking. It was fun. I haven’t had a good time like this in so long, and then the gunfire broke out and ended a great party. From the looks of all the discarded alcohol bottles all over the street it must have been one hell of a PARTY till the shooting started. The shooter or shooters are still at large.
In this reporter’s opinion had the Chicago Police not responded to this situation as fast as they did the death toll and the number of injured would have been much higher, these high crime communities need the police more than they would care to admit, According to the leadership of Black Lives matter these communities don’t need or want the police, unfortunately I did not see any members of black lives matter at this BLACK on BLACK shooting, they must have been busy at the White House rubbing shoulders and plotting strategy against the police with president Obama. There is another quick fact I would like to point out about the murder rate in Chicago, if it wasn’t for the first responders here in Chicago the death toll would be much higher every year, Chicago’s first responders are one of the best in the nation at treating gunshot victims why? because they have had decades of practice from the shootings that happen every day on the Bloody streets of Chicago.