Chicago Murder Epidemic

Two Men Shot, Killed in Woodlawn Neighborhood

(Chicago Tribune) Two men were shot dead on a “nice, quiet block” Monday afternoon in West Woodlawn and about an hour later two more people were shot in Chatham, authorities and neighbors said. Officers went to the 6300 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue about 2:50 p.m. and found one man with a gunshot wound…

Video, Bloody Chicago, 5 Dead, 13 Wounded in Shootings on Friday

Five people were killed, including a 9 year old boy, and 13 other people were wounded in separate shootings from Friday to Saturday in Chicago.

In the East Side neighborhood on the Southeast Side, the 9-year-old boy was inside an SUV about 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when a gray sedan pulled up next to the SUV. Someone inside the sedan then opened fire, police said.

The 9-year-old boy was shot in the back. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 31-year-old man, who had also been inside the SUV, was shot in the back, face and chest. He was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

No one was in custody in the attack as of early Saturday.

About 4:15 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 4400 block of West Monroe Street in the West Garfield Park neighborhood for a call of a person shot. Officers found a 20-year-old man on the street with a gunshot wound to the head.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release additional details about the fatal shooting.

In the Brighton Park neighborhood, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot about 10:20 p.m. Friday, police said.

He was standing outside in the 4600 block of South Washtenaw Avenue when someone inside a silver SUV opened fire, striking him multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier Friday, one man was killed and two others were shot at 6:05 p.m. in the first block of West Pershing Road (39th Street), in the Stateway Gardens neighborhood, police said.

A 21-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and shoulder, a 22-year-old was shot in the back and a 19-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the head and hand, police said.

All were taken to Stroger Hospital. The 21-year-old man was later pronounced dead. The 22-year-old man was listed in serious condition. The 19-year-old’s condition had stabilized there, police said.

Minutes earlier, another fatal attack happened at 6:03 p.m. in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard in the city’s West Garfield Park neighborhood.

A 20-year-old man who was shot in the chest was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he later died, police said.

Further details were not available.

In other shootings:

• Two people were shot about 4 a.m. in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Someone shot two men who were in the first block of North Leclaire Avenue, police said. A 29-year-old man was shot in the head, and he was in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. A 27-year-old man was shot in the stomach, and his condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.

• In the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, a 26-year-old man was in good condition after he was shot multiple times in the right leg. He was walking in the 2800 block of West Division Street when someone inside a car shot him, police said. He then took himself to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.

• Just before 3 a.m., a 26-year-old man was shot in the right arm while he was driving in the 5000 block of West Washington Boulevard in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He took himself to West Suburban Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition.

• A 24-year-old man was shot in both legs about 2:15 a.m. while he was in the 1800 block of North Leclaire Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood, police said. He was standing by his car when someone shot him. He took himself to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

• About 12:10 a.m. Saturday, a 41-year-old man was shot multiple times while he was in an alley in the 12800 block of South Peoria Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. He took himself to Roseland Community Hospital, and he was later transferred in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Police had initially reported the shooting taking place in the 800 block of West Vermont Avenue.

• In the Lithuanian Plaza neighborhood on the South Side, a 44-year-old man was shot in the back and left arm about 11 p.m. while he was standing outside in the 6900 block of South Campbell Avenue, police said. His condition was stabilized at Mount Sinai Hospital.

• Just before 10:45 p.m., two men were shot while they were getting out of a car in the 10600 block of South Green Bay Avenue on the East Side, police said. The shooter was inside a white SUV. A 54-year-old man was shot in the face, and his condition was stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. A 49-year-old man was shot in the back, and he was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

• Another shooting happened around 3:10 p.m. in the 5200 block of South Calumet Avenue, the city’s Washington Park neighborhood. The victim, 27, was shot in the buttocks and was taken to an area hospital where he was in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody for any of the shootings.

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Chicago Pace Driver Loses Her 2 Sons and Now a Friend to Gun Violence

The female Pace driver that witnessed the killing of a man being robbed and shot while being pushed into her Pace Van this morning was unhurt but deeply shaken in the incident. She recently lost two sons, 18-year-old Roy and 21-year-old James, who were killed Christmas night in a mass shooting at the family’s home in Chicago’s East Chatham neighborhood.

This lady unfortunately has witnessed 3 murders in an 8-month period, very sad. I was there and covered that shooting in Chatham on that warm Christmas Day.

A 50-year-old man was forced into a Pace van by someone who wanted to steal his cell phone before he was shot and killed in Chicago’s Avalon Park neighborhood, police said.

“It was a senseless killing. Senseless killing. Took my brother away from his family,” said Juanita White, the victim’s sister.

The victim, identified by relatives as Norman White, had stopped at a gas station parking lot near East 83rd Street and South Stony Island Avenue just after 3:15 a.m. Tuesday to say hello to a friend, a female Pace driver who had arrived minutes before. She was driving a Pace para-transit vehicle.

Juanita White said her brother, a father of four, used to be a Pace driver himself. He worked for the company until January of this year. Most recently, he worked a night job.

Relatives said White worked during the overnight hours, and likely saw his former colleague on his way home from work.

“He lives about five blocks away. So I’m thinking he was on his way home and ran into the lady and, you know, he’s protective, he was helping her, watching her bag while she ran into the gas station and the guy walked up and robbed him,” Juanita White said.

A man who tried to take his phone pushed him into the minivan and opened fire, police said. Mohamad Saif, a manager at the Citgo, said his employee heard the gunfire and called 911.

“He heard, I think he said four shots. He didn’t see anything. He didn’t even see the guy who got shot because he’s in the van,” Saif said.

White was struck three times – in his right arm, chest and back – and rushed in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Surveillance cameras around the gas station caught the entire shooting on camera. Investigators are examining the footage and searching for the shooter.

The gas station is a popular stop for Pace drivers, who pick up their vans at a garage about a mile away.

“Sometimes they park, you know, buy stuff, use the bathroom. Hang around for five, 10 minutes, relax, and leave,” Saif said.

Area South detectives are handling the investigation. No one is in custody.

White’s neighbors expressed their disbelief upon hearing the news of his death.

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Roseland Mass Shooting Leaves, 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

Two men were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting early Wednesday in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. They were standing on the sidewalk at 1:17 a.m. in front of a house in the 11000 block of South Eberhart when several males in a black SUV opened fire…

Bail Denied for 2 Chicago Men Arrested in Triple Murder

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE – Timothy Gordon and Jayton Dorsey sprayed the front of an Englewood home with more than 40 gunshots Friday, killing two men who were on the porch, and a man inside who was struck by a stray bullet, Cook County prosecutors said. After unleashing the fatal volley of shots, Gordon, 19, and…

Bloody Chicago, 300th Homicide Reached

(Chicago Tribune) Chicago recorded its 300th homicide over the Father’s Day weekend, just like it did last year. The somber milestone was reached around 2:30 a.m. Monday when a 33-year-old man was gunned down during a burst of violence that saw four people killed and 13 others wounded over just five hours Sunday evening through…

Man Charged in Beating Death of Three Year Old Girl

(dna info) A 26 year old man has been charged in the beating death of 3 year old Jesipel Aleman, officials said. Eduardo Aleman, of the 2500 block of South Homan Avenue, has been charged with first-degree murder, according to a Chicago Police news release. Aleman was the person responsible for the toddler’s death on…

Man Charged in Murder of Elderly Parents in Austin Home

(ABC) A man has been charged with stabbing his elderly parents to death early Sunday in their Austin neighborhood home on the West Side. Dexter Barnes, 47, faces two felony counts of first-degree murder, according to Chicago police. A police source said the victims were Barnes’ parents. “They didn’t bother no one,” said a neighbor,…

Man, 78 Shot, Killed in the Englewood Neighborhood

(WGN) An elderly man died Thursday night after being shot on the South Side. Police say the 78-year-old man was shot in the head around 4:45 p.m. in the 6800 block of S. Hermitage. Police say he was standing outside when a light colored sedan drove passed. The suspects inside the car fired shots and…

Teacher Shot to Death in the Woodlawn Neighborhood

A 23-year-old man found shot to death Thursday night near the University of Chicago on the city’s South Side was identified by his mother as a teacher who would have turned 24 on Monday. Xavier Joy, 23, was shot several times around 10 p.m. in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 6200-block…

Boys, 15 and 16, Shot, Killed in North Lawndale

Two boys, ages 15 and 16, were killed in a shooting Wednesday morning in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, according to Chicago police. At about 9 a.m., the teenagers were standing on the sidewalk in the 1200-block of South Lawndale when a masked suspect armed with a rifle got out of a…

Young Man with Special Needs Shot, Killed in Euclid Park on Memorial Day

The cop who came to Rashawnda Rice’s house on Memorial Day didn’t get very far.

“He just asked, is this JoJo’s house?” the 19-year-old college student recalled on Tuesday.

She looked out the front door and saw red tape around an area of Euclid Park. Then she took off running. She knew her older brother, Jervon Morris — about three months shy of 21 — had been at the park playing basketball, just like he was every day.

Just as suddenly as she broke into a sprint, she stopped in her tracks. She could tell it was her brother lying on the ground, a bullet wound to the head.

“From his shoes,” she said through tears.

Morris was one of seven people killed over the Memorial Day weekend. In all, 52 people were shot, down from 71 a year ago. One of the city’s most violent police districts, Harrison on the West Side, recorded no shootings.

All that was little comfort to Rice.

Her brother was legally blind, though he retained a sliver of eyesight, about enough to see shadows and blurs, Rice and her uncle Deryl Young told the Tribune. He had other physical impairments, such as trouble with his strength and with walking, Young said. It was anyone’s guess how he taught himself to hoist up the basketball and hurl it at a hoop he could hardly see, but through determination he made it work.

He could read Braille and was a graduate of Curie High School, where his favorite class was “Mobility,” which aims to teach special needs students skills such as how to get around the city using public transportation. He had been volunteering with the Chicago Park District since his graduation nearly two years ago, his family said.

“He did this job fair and he met someone at the job fair who worked at a park district and they were disabled,” Rice said. “And he figured, if he can do it, I can do it, too.”
He had been working on a resume so he could get a paying job with the park district this year. He loved interacting with kids and doing things like pushing the younger kids on the swings, Rice said.

Morris loved “The Fast and the Furious” movies, the dancing in the movie “You Got Served,” and the color blue. He loved spending time with his grandmother Betty Hudson, who shares the family home and will turn 99 this summer. And he adored Young’s dogs: A German shepherd named Rocky and a Yorkshire terrier named Mercedes, both of which died a few months ago, Young said.

Rocky died first, of natural causes, and Mercedes died after being attacked by another dog at the same park where Morris was killed.

“Jervon was so upset about that. He was walking her when it happened. A pit bull came up and attacked her, and of course he couldn’t see the dog to get it off of her, so he brought her home and called me and my wife up.

“We were both at work and we rushed home, but we couldn’t do anything for her, she was dead,” Young said. “He was really quiet, you know, he doesn’t talk very much. He told us everything that happened that day. But he didn’t know who the dog was or the person that had him. He couldn’t see him.”

Young said the neighborhood, which he’s always considered safe, started changing a bit about a year ago. Shootings started happening closer to home, even in some play areas, but never in Euclid Park that the family knew of.

“Nothing like this has ever happened before – the shootings,” Young said. “They got to get that taken care of, the Chicago Police Department. But now he’s gone, it won’t bring him back.”

Police found more than one type of shell casings at the scene – which they said was about 300 yards long, or three football field lengths, from north to south – and that extended the entire distance of the park from east to west.

Authorities said they believe there was an exchange of gunfire and Morris, who along with his limited sight also was hearing impaired, was caught in the crossfire.
“He can’t even see, so he definitely didn’t know how to get out of the way,” Young said. “He didn’t know to duck.”

The timing of the shooting, just before 6 p.m., came at a time when Morris typically would have been home from volunteering, but he wasn’t working with the park district this Monday because of the holiday. Morris was likely drawn in by a basketball game playing out where he usually practiced and when the gunfire erupted, he tried to run home, police said.

Any other day, and the family would’ve been about to sit down for dinner of greens and pot roast, Young said, though Rice said Morris’ favorite food was pizza puffs. Instead, the Youngs were at a cousin’s house and Rice was home with Hudson when the policeman came to the door. The 19-year-old had to call her mom and later a brother and sister, and explain what she saw in the park.

“I got through those phone calls and I couldn’t call anyone else,” she said. “I couldn’t do it again. It hurt so much.”
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Two Men Charged with Murder in Eisenhower Expressway Shooting

CBS, Two men have been charged with murder in connection with a fatal shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway last year. State Police Director Leo Schmitz said 24-year-old Devon Almon, a documented gang member, was killed on Sept. 29, 2016, while riding in a car in the inbound lanes of Interstate 290 near Central Avenue, shortly…

Bloody Chicago, 3 Dead, 13 Wounded in Shootings, Fri, Sat

Maggio News Video, This is what young people of one south side neighborhood sound like, they are plagued by the terror of shootings and the murder of their friends. Very sad.

Three people were killed and at least 13 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 2:35 a.m. Sunday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Two men, ages 24 and 25, were stopped at a light while driving south on Cicero Avenue at Madison Street when a black Chevrolet pulled up and someone inside opened fire in their direction, according to Chicago police. The men then turned west on Madison and their vehicle struck a disabled person in a wheelchair.

The 24-year-old suffered gunshot wounds to the back and right arm and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The 25-year-old was shot in the body and pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, police said. The male in a wheelchair, whose age was not provided, was taken to Stroger Hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting happened at 8:36 p.m. Saturday in the Fernwood neighborhood on the Far South Side. A male walked up to a 17-year-old boy in the 10500-block of South Lafayette Avenue and opened fire, police said. The boy suffered gunshot wounds to his back and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not provided information on any of the homicides.

The weekend’s latest nonfatal shooting happened about 3:45 a.m. Sunday on the Kennedy Expressway on the North Side, according to Illinois State Police. A woman was shot in the leg while driving in the outbound lanes of I-90/94 near Fullerton. The woman was transported to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in good condition with a wound to the leg, the Chicago Fire Department said.

About 3:10 a.m., a 45-year-old man was wounded in a shooting on the South Side, on the border between the Princeton Park and Longwood Manor neighborhoods. The man got into an argument with someone in the 100-block of West 95th Street when a male exited a vehicle and fired shots, striking him in the right side of the abdomen, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 11 other people have been wounded in separate shootings across Chicago since 9 p.m. Friday.

The city recorded its 200th homicide on Tuesday, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. More than 1,100 people have been shot in Chicago this year.

Last weekend, six people were killed and 26 more wounded in city shootings.

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