Most Violent Week of 2018 in Chicago, 9 Killed, 76 Wounded

(Tribune) The last seven days in Chicago have been the most violent week of the year, with just three police districts on the West Side bearing the brunt, according to data kept by the Tribune. At least 85 people were shot between Monday, April 30, and this past Sunday, including a 4-year-old girl, a 12-year-old…

Boy 11, Fatally Shot in the Head in East Chicago Park

(NWI TIMES) A Washington Elementary School fifth-grader died Sunday after being shot in the head when a fight broke out Saturday in the city’s Harbor section. Authorities have identified the boy as 11-year-old David L. Anderson. School City of East Chicago Superintendent Paige McNulty said grief counselors were available at the school Monday morning to…

Chicago Police Diversity Hiring, Fails to Attract Black Officers

(Chicago Tribune) Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has consistently stressed its intent to diversify the Chicago Police Department during its push to add more than 1,000 cops and change the image of a force beleaguered by controversial shootings of black men by white officers. The city succeeded at bringing black candidates into the early stages of…

2 Women Shot Outside Mount Sinai Hospital

(Sun Times Wire) Two women were wounded in a drive-by shooting Saturday night outside Mount Sinai Hospital on the Southwest Side. The women, both 35-years-old, were shot when someone in a dark-colored car fired shots about 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of West Ogden, Chicago Police said. Both women were shot in the lower…

1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Shootings Thursday across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A man was shot to death and 5 other people were wounded Thursday in shootings across the city. A 42-year-old man died after he was shot and thrown out of a vehicle Thursday afternoon in the Stony Island Park neighborhood on the South Side. The man was a passenger in a vehicle…

1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Mass Shooting in Homan Square

(Sun Times Wire) A woman was killed and four other people were wounded in a shooting Wednesday night in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. Nakia Bailey, 21, was standing outside with two men and two boys when a silver vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots at 9:42 p.m. in the…

1 Dead, 13 Wounded in Shootings Wednesday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) A woman was shot to death and 13 other people were wounded Wednesday in shootings across the city, including seven teenage boys. The 21-year-old woman was killed in a mass drive-by attack that left four other people injuredWednesday night in the West Side Homan Square neighborhood. Nakia Bailey, 21, was standing outside…

1 Dead, 12 Wounded in Shootings Tuesday in Chicago

(Fox) Twelve people were wounded, including a 4-year-old girl, and one person was killed Tuesday in shootings across the city. The day’s only fatal shooting happened about 10:20 p.m. in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 32-year-old man was shot in the torso in the 4800 block of West Washington, according to Chicago Police. He…

Girl 4, Shot in Drive By in Gresham

(Sun Times Wire) A 4-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder Tuesday evening in the South Side Gresham neighborhood. She was sitting on a porch with her parents about 7:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of West 88th Street when a dark-colored car pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The…

1 Dead, 7 Wounded in Shootings on Monday

(Sun times Wire) Eight people were wounded and one man was killed in shootings Monday across Chicago. The day’s only fatal shooting happened Monday afternoon in the Little Italy neighborhood on the Near West Side. A 29-year-old man was sitting in his vehicle when he was shot multiple times in the left side of his…

North Side Girl, 5, Shot on the way to the Park

(CBS) A 5-year-old girl was shot outside her Albany Park home Sunday afternoon. Police said two men were arguing outside near Monticello and Wilson around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, when one of the man pulled out a gun and started shooting. A stray bullet hit a 5-year-old girl who was standing in the gangway of a…

2 Dead, 20 Wounded in Weekend Shootings across Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Two people died, and at least 20 were wounded in weekend shootings across the city. A man was killed about 4:20 p.m. in a Gresham drive-by shooting on the South Side. Cory Hicks, 39, was standing on the sidewalk when a van pulled up in the 8300 block of South Marshfield and someone inside…

6 Wounded in Shootings Saturday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) At least six people were wounded Saturday in gun violence across Chicago. The most recent shooting happened Saturday night, when a 38-year-old man was wounded in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. The man was walking on a sidewalk in the 2300 block of South Kostner Avenue about 11:20 p.m. when a dark-colored…

Opening Salvo, Spring in Chicago 2018


Warning Graphic: I want to first start out and thank everybody that watched the top ten series appreciate all the support, This past winter in Chicago was a cold one and a long one, and this is the first 60-degree spring weekend. I ...


Warning Graphic:

I want to first start out and thank everybody that watched the top ten series appreciate all the support,

This past winter in Chicago was a cold one and a long one, and this is the first 60-degree spring weekend. I call this weekend the, Opening Salvo, because this first warm weekend sets the tone for the violence that is to come this summer.

Right of the bat I found myself covering shootings in the top three most violent neighborhoods in Chicago that were covered in the top ten series.

As of April 23rd 2018, 678 people have been shot, 111 were killed and 567 were wounded in shootings across Chicago, and this weekend was exactly what I thought it would be, an extremely violent one, 4 people were killed and 25 were wounded in shootings across the city.

2 Dead, 3 Wounded in Shootings Friday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Two people died, and at least three were wounded, Friday in shootings across the city. A man was killed about 4:20 p.m. in a Gresham drive-by shooting on the South Side. The 39-year-old was standing on the sidewalk when a van pulled up in the 8300 block of South Marshfield and someone inside fired…

Mother of 3 Found Shot to Death in Her Van in Matteson

(WLS) A 37-year-old mother of three was found shot to death Thursday in south suburban Matteson. Joanie Balogun suffered multiple gunshot wounds about 11:50 p.m. in the 21600 block of South Cicero Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Balogun, of Matteson, was pronounced dead at 12:35 a.m. Friday at St. James Hospital…

2 Dead, 9 Wounded in Shootings Thursday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Two people died, and at least nine were wounded, Thursday in shootings across the city, according to Chicago Police. A man was killed about 5:30 p.m. in a West Garfield Park drive-by shooting, police said. The 24-year-old was on a sidewalk when a dark-colored van pulled up in the 4300 block of West Adams…

Chicago Rapper, Bang Da Hitta Charged with Murder in Uptown Shooting

(Sun Times Wire) A Chicago rapper accused of gunning down a man last year in the Uptown neighborhood was denied bail at a hearing Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse. Keith Hayer, 27, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Deshawn Johnson on Nov. 13, 2017, according to the Cook County…

3 Dead, 2 Wounded in Shootings Wednesday in Chicago

(Tribune) Three people were killed and two others were injured in city shootings on Wednesday, including a 16-year-old boy and a suspected carjacker who was shot by a retired police officer. The 16-year-old was shot multiple times in the 4800 block of West Monroe Street around 2:30 p.m. in the West Side’s South Austin neighborhood,…

3 Dead, 8 Wounded in Shootings Tuesday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Three men were killed and eight other people were wounded in a string of shootings across Chicago in less than 10 hours on Tuesday. The day’s last shooting left a man dead in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Johnny Shanklin, 50, was standing on a corner shortly before 9:30 p.m. in…

9 Wounded in Shootings Monday in Chicago

(Sun Times Wire) Nine men were wounded by gunfire Monday in a series of shootings across the city. More than half of the day’s shootings happened in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, where six men were struck by bullets. The first shooting in Austin happened about 12:15 p.m. in the 200 block of…

Man Shot in the Head Driving Through North Elston

(FOX) A man crashed his car Monday night after he was shot in the head in the West Elsdon neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The 33-year-old man was traveling westbound on 55th Street when he was shot, lost control of his 2007 Nissan Altima and struck two buildings at 10:42 p.m. in the 4400 block…

4 Dead, 25 Wounded in Spring Time Shootings across Chicago

(CBS) Four people were killed and 25 were wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend. The most recent fatal shooting happened around 1 a.m. Sunday in the North Park neighborhood. Police said officers responding to a call of a person down near Hollywood and Spaulding avenues found a 26-year-old man dead on the sidewalk. He…

Off Duty Dolton Cop Shot in Chatham

(Sun Times Wire) A 55-year-old suburban police officer was shot early Monday during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Chatham neighborhood. Darryl Hope, a detective with south suburban Dolton Police Department, was returning home from his shift to the 7600 block of South Calumet Avenue about 12:10 a.m. when two armed people approached him,…

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…

Three-Year Sentence for Facebook Hate Crime, Beating, Kidnapping

(Sun Times Wire) Two hours into a court hearing Friday, Tanishia Covington was ready to receive her sentence for her role in the infamous Facebook Live hate crime-hazing and beating of a white, 18-year-old Crystal Lake man. Following her guilty plea, and requisite recitation of the proof against her, her statement admitting to details of…

Feds Arrest 14 Suspects in Little Village Drug Sting

  (Sun Times Wire) More than a dozen people, including the owner of a Little Village auto body shop where the drug operation ran, are facing charges from a federal investigation into drug trafficking on the West Side. Authorities arrested several of the defendants Wednesday, and seized nearly $60,000 in cash and a dozen firearms,…