The Back of the yards neighborhood will never be known as New City, to me, or the residents of this community, this neighborhood is the least violent of the top ten.
Back of the Yards is a diverse community where the gangs are at each other’s throats, this problem has a racial component to it, that nobody dares to mention.
The violence raging in this community is total and the weaponry being used to kill and maim people is shocking. Weapons like AR-15s and AK-47s are regularly used in gang shootings in and the communities that surround the back of the yards neighborhood.
The stats show of the 33 rifle related shootings, 46 people were shot and 13 were killed in these attacks. The battles raging in this neighborhood have a vendetta based history that goes back decades.
There are a lot of good people that live in this neighborhood that are trapped by the violence, it must also be realized these gangs could not survive for decades without some sort of support from within the community.
I was born and raised in the neighboring community of Bridgeport, I worked and partied in this neighborhood for decades. It is a shame to see the senseless violence raging without no end in sight in this neighborhood.
These videos start simple, but as you get closer to the most violent neighborhood they expand on all the issues plaguing the communities of Chicago.
I have spent the past 4 years roaming the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago, these videos you are about to see have been 4 years in the making, I hope to bring a better understanding to this massive set of problems facing these communities and the surrounding communities. The full picture of the violence, past and present, has been laid out in ten videos, a lite brushing of the history of these neighborhoods has also been included to give a better understanding of how they got into this present state.
The voices of the residents, gang members, cops, and dam near everybody I ever talked with over the past 4 years, will be heard. It is their words, concerns, fears and frustrations coming out of my mouth.
On January 7th, 2018 the first video will be released and one every week after that, another will follow. The first 5 episodes start out slow but the last five make up the difference.
These videos are non-for profit.
They were done to raise awareness pure and simple.
(Sun Times Wire) Ten people have been killed, including a 9 year old boy, and 37 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.
Since the start of the year, 1,984 people have been shot in the city, 349 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.
The 9-year-old Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old at 11:13 p.m. Friday when they were shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. They were traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when someone fired shots from a gray car that pulled up next to them. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, police said. The man was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Family members gathered inside and outside the children’s hospital. A man who said he was Garcia’s father took about 10 minutes to calm down before entering the hospital. He went back outside and fell to his knees when he learned of his son’s death. A man in the group said the family didn’t want to comment any further on the incident and declined to reveal the boy’s identity.
The most recent fatal shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when he was approached by two males who shot him in the chest and left arm, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.
About two hours earlier, one man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. A male approached and shot the men while they were standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Arthington, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital. A 31-year-old man died with a gunshot wound to the neck. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition had stabilized.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not release their identities Sunday morning.
A 58-year-old man was killed in a Princeton Park shooting about 4:15 p.m. Saturday on the Far South Side. Willie Cooper was outside when a vehicle pulled up to him in the 1100 block of West 95th Street and someone inside fired shots, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Cooper, who lived in the Fernwood neighborhood, was shot in his mouth and torso, and pronounced dead at the scene. No one was in custody as Area South detectives investigate.
Earlier Saturday, a man was killed during an attempted robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 60-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk about 4:55 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Franklin when an armed male confronted him and demanded his money, police said. The suspect then shot the man in the left shoulder during an ensuing fight before running away east on Franklin. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Another man was found shot to death about 40 minutes earlier in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Officers responded to a call of a person shot about 4:15 a.m. in the 4400 block of West Monroe and found a 20-year-old man lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Late Friday, another East Side drive-by shooting left a man dead and another wounded. The men, ages 49 and 54, were getting out of a vehicle at 10:43 p.m. in the 10600 block of South Green Bay Avenue when someone shot at them from a white SUV, police said.The younger man was shot in the back and died at 11:35 p.m. at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The older man was shot in the face and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.
The medical examiner’s office did not release their identities Sunday morning.
About 20 minutes earlier, 25-year-old David Marin was shot to death in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Marin was standing on the sidewalk in the 4600 block of South Washtenaw when someone fired at him from a silver SUV, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Marin, who lived in the Marquette Park neighborhood, was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene.
About 6:05 p.m. Friday, one man was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting on the South Side. They were shot in the first block of West Pershing, near the former site of the Stateway Gardens public housing buildings, police said. All three men were taken to Stroger Hospital, where a 21-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and shoulder died. A 19-year-old man was stabilized after being shot in his head and hand, and a 22-year-old man was in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his back. The medical examiner’s office has not released the dead man’s identity.
A few minutes earlier, a 20-year-old man was fatally shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Cercy Robinson was shot in the chest in the 4500 block of West Jackson, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He died at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The most recent nonfatal shooting happened when a fight broke Sunday morning in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. A 38-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk at 5:13 a.m. in the 5900 block of South Carpenter when the fight broke out and shots were fired, police said. He was taken with a gunshot wound to the abdomen to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition stabilized. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital.
At least 31 more people have been shot across the city between 6 p.m. Friday and 5 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Follow city violence this weekend with the Sun-Times shooting tracker.
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It is happening again this year, the violence is raging in the streets of Chicago. So far, this year, 1616 people have been shot and 340 have been shot and killed on the Bloody Streets of Chicago. This video I just posted never got the play it truly deserved, we are on track to repeat this seen again this year down Michigan avenue.
I was physically spent after making the EFFECTS video. so, I took off ten days from the violence to regroup after a long tour. But, the time has come to go back! It’s hard to go back to the meat grinder violence, the longer I stay away the harder it is to go back…………. Going Back, Stay Tuned.
WARNING GRAPHIC: This video you are about to see took me 4 years of filming shootings in dam near every neighborhood in Chicago. Please remember these people I highlighted in this video next time you see a shooting on the news. This short film says it all, I have no words left to say except HELP me Please share this video everywhere and anywhere you can. It is in fact my way of fighting back for all the Children of Chicago. Thanks
Two girls, 13 and 7, were among 23 people who were wounded, three fatally, during a 16-hour period from Friday afternoon to early Saturday.
In the Englewood neighborhood about 11:50 p.m. Friday, a woman held up a phone as she inched toward crime scene tape of a triple shooting in the 5900 block of South Union Avenue. She wanted officers to look at a photo on her phone to confirm if her relative was one of the victims.
“I gotta go get him,” the woman repeated as she collapsed on the sidewalk. A woman tried to comfort her.
Officers at the scene told the woman they couldn’t tell her and didn’t know if her relative had been hurt.
A 25-year-old man was standing outside of a home with a 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old man when three men approached and opened fire, police said. The 25-year-old man was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest, and he was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital. A 29-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition was stabilized at St. Bernard Hospital.
The woman later returned with other relatives and spoke to a sergeant at the scene. They lingered around the edge of the crime scene as they waited for news.
“Right now, it’s hard to tell with the way the body is positioned,” the officer told the family.
When the officer told the family that the person was wearing white shorts, the woman walked away crying.
In the Park Manor neighborhood, an 18-year-old man was fatally shot about 3:15 p.m. in the 7000 block of South State Street, according to police.
Witnesses said a dark-sedan pulled up and someone inside opened fire, striking the teen in the head.
He was taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:36 p.m. He was identified as Sherrod Rhyme, of the 9100 block of South Harper Avenue in the Calumet Heights neighborhood, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Earlier, a man was killed and another was seriously wounded in a shooting in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side.
The shooting happened about 12:55 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Ellis Avenue. One person was dead on the scene and a second was treated by paramedics, according to police and fire officials.
Police said the men were standing outside an apartment building when someone approached on foot and shot them.
The older victim, 26, suffered wounds to the chest, and was taken to Jackson Park Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:40 p.m. He was identified as Deshawn Boswell, of the 7100 block of South Yates Boulevard, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The other man, 21, was shot in the legs and wrist. He was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
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Article Org: chicagotribune.com
These are just some of the shootings Maggio News covered on the first 90% weekend in Chicago.
Authorities fatally shot a man who fired at them on Friday afternoon in west suburban Lyons, hours after the man had killed his estranged wife in Sycamore, according to police.
Lidia Juarez had an order of protection against her 44-year-old husband Antonio Juarez, according to a statement from Sycamore police.
The 37-year-old woman was found dead with a gunshot wound inside her car about 2 p.m. outside the Illinois Dept. of Human Services office where she worked at 1629 Afton Road in Sycamore, police said. Investigators found out that Antonio Juarez had been staying at a hotel nearby, and witnesses saw him take off after the shooting in his Chrysler 300, police said.
About 6 p.m., Illinois State Police investigators tracked the car down and, along with police from multiple agencies, began following him in Lyons, according to state police.When they tried to pull Antonio Juarez over near the intersection of Ogden and Joliet avenues, he began firing a gun at the officers, police said.
The officers returned fire, killing the man at the scene, police said. It wasn’t clear which officers struck him. No police were hurt. They recovered a firearm from Antonio Juarez.
Victim a male black, 29, was standing on the sidewalk when a male offender approached on foot and fired shots. Victim was taken to Stroger in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left hip. No one is in custody. Area South investigating.
Victim a male black, 16, was standing on the sidewalk when a male occupant in a blue van fired shots. Victim was taken in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest to Christ. No one is in custody. Area South investigating.
After a lifetime of living in Chicago, my husband is seriously talking about moving away. It’s not just one thing that is spurring him to pack up and leave, he explained; it’s a combination of things. He cited high taxes, crime and bad politics, but he’s obviously not alone. Black people are fleeing the city’s…
MAGGIO NEWS VIDEO, Flashback, This Nightmare is about to play out again this year. So far, this year 1209 people have been shot and 208 have been killed. We are on track to surpass last year’s horrific murder statistics. This video is a sad journey through the neighborhoods of Chicago seen through the eyes of one reporter.
Thanks to Pink Floyd for allowing me to use there song Great Gig in the Sky
Parties of all kinds in Chicago have ended Tragically some with people being shot and some just being abruptly shut down by CPD. This block of party related shootings is only a fraction of the party shootings covered over 2016 in the Neighborhoods across Chicago. What seems to be the case is mass gatherings in these neighbors, unfortunately only creates targets for the gang shooters.
WARNING GRAHPIC CONTENT, This Video was 16 months in the making covering shootings up and down the GAUNLET. Garfield Boulevard runs through 3 major High Crime neighborhoods on Chicago’s Southside. This stretch of road is the most violent by far, because this 6, lane boulevard runs through some very active gang areas. The video says it all no writing or description of what takes place in these neighborhoods shows the true horror of it all.
That is the 11th district Chicago police station, it is home to patrol beat 1133, beat 1133 in 2016 was designated the most dangerous and violent beat of the 303 beats that patrol the streets Chicago. Beat 1133 patrols the Homan Square neighborhood.
The first shooting I covered in the Homan square neighborhood happened on Monday March 14th 2016 in the 3700 block of west Polk street. In this incident three Chicago Police Officers were shot during a drug investigation. The three officers were shot by a reputed member of the Vice Lords street gang. Gang member Lamar Harris was shot and killed by police. The shooter had been arrested more than 40 times since 2000 for drugs and violence against the police. All three officers, recovered from their wounds.
Homan square is a very small area that has seen a massive increase in Gun violence over 2016. The Homan Square neighborhood had 16 murders last year that was more than it saw in the previous five years combined. Patrol beat 1133 had not seen more than eight murders in a year. There were also 45 nonfatal shootings that were far and away the most in a single year since 2000, and more than twice as many as in 2015. What is causing this dramatic rise in gun violence in the Homan Square neighborhood and across the city?
The second shooting Maggio news covered in the Homan Square neighborhood happened on September 5th 2016 on the Labor Day holiday. A man and a woman were shot sitting in a parked blue Chevy Camaro in the 3300 block of West Flournoy. The shooter suddenly came out of the shadows and started pumping off shots at the couple, the woman was struck twice and the man once. Chaotic shooting scenes like this would echo throughout Homan square all year long,
In early 2015 Chicago was threatened with a law suit by the ACLU over stop and frisk. The city reached an agreement with the ACLU to avoid a long fight in the courts a compromise was reached in late 2015, did this compromise by Chicago’s leadership contribute to the massive rise in shootings across the city and is this decision also responsible for the 80% decrease in police stops over 2016.
The last shooting Maggio news covered in the Homan Square neighborhood was a police involved shooting that took place over the thanks giving weekend.
A man was shot and killed by Chicago Police officers after they saw him shoot two other people, killing one and wounding another. Harrison District officers heard gunfire while on patrol, they saw a man standing over another person and firing a gun near the intersection of Harrison and Central Park Avenue.
That’s when officers got out of their squad car and fatally shot him. a weapon was recovered at the scene. It is very rare to capture on video one of these violent shootings from begging to end in this case it has been achieved.
The sheer magnitude of the violence plaguing Chicago is having adverse effects on the residents of high crime neighborhoods like Homan Square, the violence also affects Chicago’s first responders, and police. 16 of the 800 crosses that marched down Michigan avenue in late December 2016, belong to the little enclave called Homan square.
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This VIDEO is the First in a Series about the Violent Shootings on the Bloody Streets of Chicago. Maggio News will be stepping up coverage of this tragedy as it unfolds throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2017.
This video is not graphic it is a test video, future videos will be Shockingly! graphic and informative from a street level perspective.
This is being done so people can see the true carnage not being shown to them and maybe then change will come to the neighborhoods of Chicago? I know no other way to accomplish this monumental task but to show the tragedy in a truly graphic nature. Stay tuned.
The weekend’s latest homicide happened at 1:54 a.m. Monday outside Spencer Elementary Technology Academy in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found the woman, thought to be 25 years old, lying on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Maypole, police said. She was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not provide information on the fatality.
About 11:15 p.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old man was gunned down in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was sitting in a parked vehicle in the first block of North Sacramento when someone in another vehicle fired shots. He was shot in the left thigh and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced. His name has not been released.
Earlier Saturday, 21-year-old Tremayne Henderson was shot to death in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side, police and the medical examiner’s office said. At 4:53 p.m., he was in the first block of West 104th Place when someone walked up and fired shots. Henderson was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:16 p.m. He lived in the same block as the shooting.
At 1:42 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old man was sitting in a vehicle in the 2600 block of West Monroe on the West Side, when someone walked up and shot him in the neck. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died at 2:09 p.m., authorities said. He has not been identified.
A 20-year-old man was killed in a shooting that also left two other men wounded about 3:15 a.m. Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of shots fired found two men lying in the street with gunshot wounds to the head in the 3900 block of West Thomas, police said. Armani Pickett, of the 5700 block of North Talman, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:05 a.m., authorities said. A 36-year-old man was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. Another man, 42, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and later showed up at Norwegian American Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
About the same time, nearly 6 miles away in the Brighton Park neighborhood, a woman was killed in a shooting that also wounded two men on the Southwest Side. They were all inside a vehicle parked in the 3800 block of South St. Louis when another car pulled up, and a gunman got out to fire at least 16 shots before driving away, authorities said.
Natalia Ramirez, 27, was shot in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died at 4:02 a.m. A 22-year-old man who was shot in the back was also taken to Mount Sinai, police said. A 28-year-old man was shot in the hip and taken to Stroger Hospital. The conditions of both men had stabilized.
The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting left a man wounded on the North Side early Monday. The 24-year-old was walking at 1:23 a.m. in the 2000 block of West Diversey when someone in a gray vehicle fired shots, police said. He suffered a graze wound to the right side of his face and was taken by a friend to Swedish Covenant Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
At least 42 other people were wounded in shootings across Chicago between 4 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Monday.
Last weekend, 39 people were shot in Chicago, 10 of them fatally.
Article Org: nbcchicago.com
Bloody Chicago Mini Video Trailer, this is a dark based video that is best to watch in the dark with headphones on. Take a ride with Maggio News while he roams the gang infested neighborhoods of Chicago in search of 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. I was invited by my conscience to witness and document the unprecedented violence on the Bloody Streets of Chicago.
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This audio recording was recorded from 12:00 am till 12:05 am New Year’s eve 2017 in the Back of the Yards Neighborhoods off 43rd street. Vic Maggio stood in the middle of the street and recorder this war zone sounding New Year’s Eve celebratory gunfire video.
The video was cut down to three minutes. Can you tell the difference between fireworks and gunfire? I can because I hear the gunfire all year around in these high crime neighborhoods ¾ off what you are hearing is gunfire in gun free Chicago.
Maggio News started covering the shootings part time in 2013 through 2015 but in March of 2016 Maggio News set out full time to document the violence plaguing the neighborhoods of Chicago for an upcoming documentary called Bloody Chicago the Fall of the Welfare State.
Covering the carnage on the Bloody Streets of Chicago is no easy task. To acquire the intimate footage of victims shot, is a very tall order, because Chicago has 3 million residents and has a 234-mile square land mass to cover.
The only way to capture the true horror of the shootings is to stay in these neighborhoods for long periods of time and lay in wait, for that one shots fired call to crackle over the radio. This leaves 6 minutes to close in on the area, it takes about 3 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and 2 or 3 minutes to stabilize the gunshot victim and load that person on an ambulance. After 6 minutes expires all that is left is crime scene tape and police officers investigating the shooting.
To close in on a shooting in progress leaves the reporter no choice but to drive at high rates of speed dodging red light cameras and speed trap radar that are stationed all over the city. When arriving at a hot shooting scene one never knows what to expect. It could be one shot or five shot, in Chicago everyone is now a potential target. Shooters running from shooting scenes have crossed the path of my vehicle on multiple occasions this has happened when arriving on the scene before the police, this is very dangerous work.
Some parts of Chicago truly are WAR zones. While covering these shootings, there have been times when the gangs shoot at each other on the next block while 20 cops are on the present crime scene. They don’t seem to care that there are multiple cops a couple hundred feet away. Sometimes police officers try to stop reporters, like me from filming, gang members and residents also don’t want reporters filming these tragedies, all this resistance makes the job all that more difficult.
This year alone Maggio News has covered hundreds of shootings and violent incidents all over the city. I was almost caught in gang crossfire three times this year while roaming through these high crime neighborhoods. My greatest concern is the indiscriminate bullet that roars through these neighbors every day, it is that bullet that you can’t defend yourself against, you don’t know it till you hear the whistle and by then it’s too late you have been shot.
The hardest thing there is to this job is witnessing the victims in their most vulnerable state screaming out for help and worst case dying before your very eyes. As of December 28th, 4330 people have been shot and 705 have been shot and killed leaving the total number of homicides at 785. This is unprecedented violence is unacceptable on every level Maggio News signing Off.
Article by Vic Maggio
This is Victor Maggio of Maggio News reporting on the 700 murders on the bloody streets of Chicago. This is a short video compilation of shootings, victims and crime scenes across the Chicago-land area throughout the spring, summer, fall, of 2016.
Today the city of Chicago reached a grizzly milestone, the 700th homicide has been realized by the residents and political leadership of the city of Chicago. As of November, 17th 2016, 700 people have been murdered of which 629 people have been shot and killed and 3293 have been shot and wounded on the bloody streets of Chicago.
What is causing this unprecedented rise in violence here in Chicago? For more than three decades Chicago has been deemed a sanctuary city. The result of this designation by Chicago’s political leaders over the years, has left an open invitation to the cartels to come and set up drug cells all over the city. The Sinaloa cartel supply’s 80 % of all the drugs that are sold on the streets of Chicago, the massive stranglehold by the cartels has left Chicago renamed, Sinaloa CITY. Illegal drugs are the root cause of the violence plaguing Chicago for the past thirty years. Along with the drugs comes the guns, the guns are used as a tool to enforce and expand the gangs drug trade. This illegal policy supported by the politicians her in Chicago is adding fuel to the fire which has left the residents of Chicago vulnerable to all kinds of violent horrors.
On the bloody streets of Chicago, a person is shot every 2 Hours and a person is murdered every 11 hours. The most violent month in Chicago is June. In 2016, 623 males and 59 females were shot and killed and 2892 males and 345 females were wounded in shootings across the city. The ages of the victims killed and wounded start at ages 1 to 12 years-old, 9 little kids have been shot and killed and 23 were wounded. Ages 13 to 19-year-olds, 97 killed and 652 have been wounded. The most frequent age group being shot and killed at an alarming rate, are people ages 20 to 34 years-old, 321 have been killed and 1618 wounded.
The ethnic breakdown of the people shot in Chicago are 77.8% black, 16.9% Hispanic, and 5.3% are white or another race. The success rate of apprehending and charging murders in Chicago is a mere 20%, that means 80% of the shooters are still at large. Chicago leads the nation in multiple victim shootings. In 1 incident, a group of 7 people were shot, in 9 separate incidents, 5 people were shot, in 19 other incidents, 4 people were shot, in 85 incidents, 3 people were shot, and finally 394 pairs of people were shot in Chicago.
There have been an unprecedented 45 expressway shootings in Chicago so far this year. In 2015 the shootings have cost the city of Chicago, an estimated 2.5 billion dollars a year in ER and Hospital expenses. 700 people have lost their lives on the bloody streets of Chicago and the politicians don’t seem to even care.
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