Chicago Murder Epidemic

Girl 15, Shot, Killed in the Englewood Neighborhood

(Maggio News) A 15-year-old girl was shot Tuesday evening on the 6900 block of south Carpenter in the Englewood neighborhood. She was walking down the street when an unknown shooter fired shots, possibly from the gangway, hitting her in the chest. She has been pronounced dead a short time later. It is unclear if she…

2 Women Shot, 1 Fatally, Loading Toddler into Car in Austin

(Tribune) A gunman walked up to her and fired shots, hitting her in the abdomen, during an apparent robbery attempt. A 30-year-old woman seated inside the car suffered a gunshot wound to the torso and was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:05 p.m., police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the woman…

Father Murders 2 year old Son in Little Village

(WLS) A Chicago father accused in the brutal murder of his 2-year-old son was denied bond in a court appearance Friday afternoon. Police said 37-year-old Rolando Ortiz killed his 2-year-old son, Mateo Garcia Aguayo, because the toddler was keeping him awake Wednesday afternoon in their apartment. In the courtroom Friday, Ortiz looked down at the…

Homicides Hit 600 in Chicago

(NBC) Chicago’s annual homicide number has climbed above 600 for only the second time in more than a decade. Three people fatally shot over the last two days brought the city’s total number of homicides for 2017 over the grim threshold, according to data from the Chicago Tribune and police department. The latest fatal shooting…

500th Gun Related Homicide Hits Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man shot dead early Friday evening was the 500th person to be killed in city gun violence since the start of the year on a weekend that has left three others wounded in shootings across Chicago. The city reached 500 shooting homicides about a week later than it did last year,…

Baby Dies Days after Mother Killed in Double Homicide

(Chicago Tribune) An infant girl has died, four days after being saved by doctors when her mother and a man were fatally shot Friday morning on the Far South Side, authorities said. Janae Lemon, who was four days old, was pronounced dead at 2:28 p.m. Monday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after…

2 Men Shot, Killed on Steps of South Austin Church

(WLS) Two men were shot and killed outside a church in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood Sunday morning, police said. The shooting happened in the 200-block of South Laramie Avenue around 11:19 a.m. Two men approached on foot from the front of the church and fired shots at the two victims, police said. A 46-year-old man…

Man 86 Found Shot to Death in Canaryville Home

(WGN) An 86 year old man is dead in what appears to be a homicide in the Canaryville neighborhood. Officers responded to the 4100 block of south Wallace on Thursday at approximately 4:04 p.m. where the 86 year-old Donald McNamara was discovered bleeding from a puncture wound in the back of his head. McNamara was…

Father of Five Shot and Killed in Drive By in Gage Park

(WLS) Chicago police said a 46-year-old man was shot and killed in the city’s Gage Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Police said Abel Melesio was outside in the 5600-block of South Richmond Street around 11:30 a.m. when a black Cadillac SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire. Melesio was struck in the chest and rushed…

400th Homicide Recorded in Chicago

(SUN TIMES WIRE) A man was shot to death early Friday near the former Cabrini-Green public housing projects on the Near North Side, according to Chicago Police, marking the city’s 400th homicide so far this year. Just before 3 a.m., two men were in the 500 block of West Iowa when one, age 31, was…

Getting Away with Murder on The Bloody Streets of Chicago

(WGN) While there’s a lot of attention on the number of people killed in Chicago, a lesser known statistic also tells the story of pain and insecurity gripping the streets. That number is 29%. That’s the percentage of murders solved by Chicago police last year. In other words, 71% of killers got away with murder.…

U.S. Marine Vet Shot, Killed During Robbery in Chicago

(Fox32) A decorated veteran was shot and killed during a robbery over the weekend. The 60-year-old was on his way to dialysis treatment on the west side when he was confronted. Robert Sharp, 60, was described by friends around the Hope Manor Apartments where he lived as dapper. “Everything he stood for was just destroyed…