An interview of myself! by Vic Maggio Did you ever think covering the shootings on the violent streets of Chicago would damage your soul? “No, but it has!” Did you ever think the horror would follow you home? “No, but it does”. “Did you ever think it would invade your sleep and infiltrate your dreams?…
One of the most infamous guns in history was introduced to the city of Chicago by scare face Al Capone in the late 1920’s. Throughout the great depression of the 1930’s the Thompson submachine gun was used by gangsters to instill fear and to control the streets of Chicago. The gun was also known informally as the Tommy Gun, The Chicago Typewriter, or The Chopper. The Capone era also introduced the infamous drive by shooting and drive by bombing to Chicago. The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre happened on February 14th 1929, After the killing of seven men in a north side garage the mob put a stop to the use of tommy guns and also stopped public drive by killings in Chicago. The negative attention the mob received after the killing of seven men in that garage on north Clark street, would forever change how the mob would kill in Chicago.
In 1965 everything changed in Chicago with the growth of minority gangs, these gangs were born from within the disaster that was the Chicago public housing projects. There are two gangs that introduced guns on a mass scale to the minority communities of Chicago, are the black stone rangers and the disciples, these were the first black minority mega gangs that enforced with guns. These two gangs can be directly accredited with the future murder rates that would ultimately devastate the minority communities in Chicago over the next 50 years.
Chicago Illinois has adopted the strictest gun laws in the country, but yet Chicago has the highest amount of gun related murders in the country. and the question that now needs to be answered is, how are the 125 street gangs of Chicago getting this vast array of weaponry on to the streets of Chicago?
Chicago gangs have multiple avenues at their disposal where they can acquire guns and ammo by legal or criminal means. The first and least effective of the 4 ways guns find their way on to the streets of Chicago, is the smash and grab tactic.
Gangs target local gun stores in the dead of night by driving their vehicle through doors and or windows at these establishments to grab guns or the more sought after item ammunition.
This tactic has been taking place not only in the suburbs of Chicago but in multiple states across the country.
One of the most effective ways guns get to the streets of Chicago is by straw purchases. Gangs target young guys in the neighborhood that have a clean background they then put them through the process to get a FOID card. Once the member or associate receives the card he is then tapped by fellow gang members to make buying trips to Indiana.
One gang member was quoted as saying “All they need is one person who got a gun card in the ‘hood and everybody’s got (a gun).”
in 2007 one college student was arrested after he bought and transferred 43 guns to a guy with ties to the Gangster Disciples – many of the guns were purchased at gun shows in Indiana and sold in the neighborhoods of Chicago for a good profit.
A study in 2015 by the University of Chicago Crime Lab found 60 percent of the newer guns recovered from gang members had come from out of state — half of those from Indiana.
Local Gangs have been robbing rail yards in Chicago for decades. There have been multiple rip offs of guns over the past 4 decades from trains staged in Chicago bound for other destinations around the country. There have been two separate high profile robberies recently in Chicago. The most recent theft by gang members netted 111 guns from a rail car sitting at South Chicago Avenue in April. The stolen guns where .44 caliber revolvers and .22 caliber pistol grip long rifles.
In May 2014 the second incident occurred where 13 guns were stolen from a container sitting on a train at the Norfolk Southern Railway on 79th and western while cars sat in the rail yard overnight. They stole 13 Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport rifles which are military grade weapons that are equipped with 30-around magazines, these guns were being shipped to a licensed federal firearms dealer in Minnesota.
According to the ATF these robberies happen quite frequently in Chicago.
These type of military style weapons have been used in several high-profile crimes in Chicago recently, like the mass shooting at Cornell Square Park on Sept 19th 2013. A gunman fired a barrage of shots from a Military style weapon at a group of people playing basketball in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago. 13 people were shot including a 3-year-old boy that was shot in the face as he played in the park with his mother. The use of Military grade weapons in the wrong hands can kill and maim mass amounts of people with a 30 round clip in a single incident. This mass shooting is believed to be part of an ongoing gang war in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood.
Thefts of guns from legal gun owners are on the rise in Chicago. I would like to tell the story about A .40-caliber Glock handgun that was stolen from a South Shore apartment in 2015. In 2016 Chicago police recovered the gun in a drug raid on a gang members house. Ballistics on the gun would end up showing the trail of misery left across the city by gun.
This one gun would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets all over the city. This gun was passed around to multiple street gang members over the course of a one-year period, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two dead and five others wounded, this one gun in the wrong hands did all this, just one gun did all this.
The sad part of all this is these very young kids don’t seem to have any concept of the damage it is they are doing.
Over the past 50 years over 35.000 people have been murdered since the introduction of the gun by the gangs of Chicago. The overall legacy that has been left, by Chicago gangsters like Al Capone, Jeff Fort, Larry Hoover Fluky Stokes, will be they are all partially responsible for the deaths of thousands of Chicago’s youngest generation of minority kids in the history of Chicago.
Video/ Article by Vic Maggio
This video has been dedicated in my granddaughter’s name, Bailee Ann Zaker who passed away October 2nd 2013. This video dedication is in remembrance to all the children that have been shot on the Bloody Streets of Chicago. Bailee is the motivating force behind this dangerous monumental task Maggio News has started and aims to finish.
The Summer of 2016 has been a very violent one in Chicago. Maggio News has criss crossed the city covering shootings in almost every Neighborhood in Chicago. The public keeps asking the same question over and over why is this mass violence happening in Chicago, and how do we stop it.
There are multiple contributing factors to the formula that makes up the violent culture that is spreading throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.
Maggio News will cover the full spectrum of issues in a much larger project in the near future. As of Friday October 2nd 2016 there have been 574 people killed and 3325 people wounded in shootings. Chicago is well on its way to surpass 600 murders this year these statistics are basically war zone stats. Maggio News has taken on the monumental task of attempting to make the problems plaguing Chicago understandable, if we don’t understand the root causes of these problems they can never be FIXED.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: This is a video of multiple crime scenes from the Bloody streets of Chicago. The first weekend of August was a Bloody one there were 8 Killed and 41 wounded across the city Maggio News covered a dozen of the 51 shootings on the Bloody streets of Chicago, Maggio News signing off.
So far this year, more than 2,460 people have been shot in Chicago, while in all of 2015, the city had 2,988 shooting victims.
The weekend’s busiest stretch was from late Saturday morning into early Sunday when two were shot to death and 24 others were hurt in separate incidents.
Four other people were killed and 13 were wounded in shootings from 3:50 p.m. Friday to 12:30 a.m. Saturday.
Two men were also fatally shot and four others were wounded in shootings between Sunday evening and early Monday.
Article Org: Chicagotribune.com
So far this year, about 1,800 people have been shot across the city and more than 200 of those wounded have died of their wounds, according to records kept by the Chicago Tribune. A total of 306 people have been killed this year by shooting, stabbing or other means, Tribune records show. A 3-year-old boy…
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This a small part of an in-depth documentary that is in the works, we are attempting to educate the public and try to explain why this is happening and show who and what is responsible for the desperate urban environment that has been created in Chicago and all the major cities of America.
Maggio News roams the gang infested neighborhoods of Chicago in search of whom or what is responsible for the unprecedented violence taking place on the streets of Chicago. Maggio News has been documenting the Bloodshed since 2013 but has recently stepped up coverage for 2016.
This Video is dedicated to all the Law Enforcement and Civilians that have fallen on The Bloody Streets of Chicago……
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