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    8 Killed, 49 Wounded In Chicago

    8 Killed, 49 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    June 19, 2017 6:37 AM

    CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men shot to death in separate West Side incidents early Monday were part of a deadly weekend in Chicago that saw eight people killed and 49 others wounded in gun violence between Friday evening and Monday morning.

    More than 240 people have been shot so far this month. And more than 1,600 have been shot this year, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. Of those victims, 279 have died. Last year, more than 700 people were shot to death in the city.
    With 57 people shot, this weekend’s carnage outpaced the same weekend last year. From June 17, 2016, to June 20, 2016, at least 56 people were shot, 13 of them fatally.
    The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of a person shot in the 1000 block of North Lawndale found a 33-year-old man lying face down on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the back, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released information on the fatality.
    About 1:45 a.m. Monday, 25-year-old Joseph Henderson was gunned down in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. He was in the 1800 block of South Kildare when a black car pulled up and someone inside fired shots in his direction, police and the medical examiner’s office said. Henderson, who lived in the South Chicago neighborhood, was shot in the back and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:11 a.m.
    At 7:23 p.m. Sunday, a teenage boy was killed in a drive-by shooting in another North Lawndale neighborhood attack. Jaquarius Davis, 16, was standing outside when a red four-door car drove up in the 1200 block of South Avers and someone inside fired shots, authorities said. Davis was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:56 p.m. He lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting.
    A few hours earlier, road rage turned into a fatal shooting when a 27-year-old man was shot in the head in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. About 3:45 p.m., the man was traveling in a vehicle in the 600 block of East 82nd Street when someone in another vehicle took out a gun and fired shots. He was shot in the head and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 4:23 p.m., police and the medical examiner’s office said. His name has not been released. Police said the shooter was taken into custody and charges were pending Monday morning.
    A teenage girl died Sunday afternoon, more than 12 hours after she and a man were shot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Tiara Viramontes, 17, and the 30-year-old man were in the back of a building at 4:48 a.m. in the 3500 block of West Huron when someone opened fire. Viramontes, who lived in the same neighborhood, was shot in the back of the head and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m., authorities said. The man suffered a gunshot wound to the upper right leg and was also taken to Stroger, where he was listed in critical condition.
    Raven Lemons, 25, was shot to death at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the Gold Coast neighborhood on the Near North Side. She was standing with an acquaintance in the 500 block of East Ohio when someone fired shots, striking her in the head. Lemons, who lived in North Lawndale, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she died at 3:13 a.m., authorities said.
    About 6:25 p.m. Saturday, 32-year-old Dario Balderrama was fatally shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said. He had just parked his car and was crossing the street in the 4800 block of South Racine when a dark vehicle approached and two people got out and fired shots. Balderrama, who lived in the same neighborhood as the shooting, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
    A 25-year-old man was killed and two other men were wounded in the first fatal shooting of the weekend, which happened about 11:45 p.m. Friday in the South Side Englewood neighborhood. The men, ages 23, 25 and 29, were standing in front of a home in the 5900 block of South Union when three gunmen walked up and opened fire, authorities said. The 25-year-old man was shot repeatedly and died at the scene. His name has not been released. The youngest man was shot in the chest and taken in critical condition to Stroger Hospital, while the oldest man was shot in the right leg and taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
    In the weekend’s latest spate of nonfatal shootings, 10 people were wounded in six separate incidents — three of which happened on the Near West Side — in less than 90 minutes.
    About 12:20 a.m. Monday, two men, ages 20 and 32, were standing outside when someone fired shots from a gray Nissan driving north in the 6400 block of South Talman in the Marquette Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said. The Nissan struck two parked vehicles before it sped away. The younger man suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, while the older man was shot in the buttocks. They were both taken to Christ Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.
    At 12:05 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot in the right leg in the 8500 block of South Halsted in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, police said. He showed up at Trinity Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
    Three people were wounded in a shooting about 11:50 p.m. Sunday on the Near West Side. The group was gathered in the street in the 200 block of South Western when a white vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots in their direction, police said. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back and taken in serious condition to Stroger Hospital. A 22-year-old man was shot in the left hand and also taken to Stroger, where his condition was stabilized. An 18-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the right leg and refused medical attention.
    At 11:10 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot in the left foot in the 2300 block of West Adams on the Near West Side, police said. He walked into Rush University Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. The man was not cooperating with investigators.
    About that same time, two men, ages 25 and 32, heard gunfire and felt pain while they were standing outside in the 2500 block of West Jackson on the Near West Side, police said. The younger man was shot in the left arm and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, while older man was shot in the left leg and taken to Stroger Hospital. Both of their conditions were stabilized.
    A 30-year-old man was shot in the left leg about 11 p.m. in the Chatham neighborhood on the South Side. He told investigators he was involved in an argument with another male in the 8100 block of South Calumet when the male pulled out a gun and fired shots, police said. The man showed up at University of Chicago Medical Center, and was later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. He was not cooperating with investigators.
    At least 36 more people were wounded in shootings across the city between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.

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    Maybe the parents in our inner cities should start DUMPING their children over the border into CANADA for a better life.

    Crime, drugs, rape, gangs, cartels, murder, no dreams for American's!!!

    Wake up Congress and all you traitors flooding our country with the sob stories of the rest of the World

    STOP TEARING AMERCIAN FAMILIES APART AND INVEST OUR, I REPEAT OUR, MONEY INTO OUR COUNTRY

    WE ARE NOT THE WORLD'S ATM MACHINE OR DUMPING GROUND ANY MORE!
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    How's that gun control working out for you Chicago? When the bad guys are the only ones with guns, it's not a safe situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    How's that gun control working out for you Chicago? When the bad guys are the only ones with guns, it's not a safe situation.
    Very well said. Hopefully in about a month from now, Chicago will be nothing but a faint memory, or bad nightmare for me. I can't wait to get the hell out of this sh**hole. Goodbye sh*tty Chicago!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    How's that gun control working out for you Chicago? When the bad guys are the only ones with guns, it's not a safe situation.
    Debunked: Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the country

    Jan 27th 2017 4:00AM

    Just the mention of gun control and gun violence, is sure to sparked heated debate. After all, this is a nation founded at the point of a gun,with the issue written directly into the Constitution. But depending on where you live, the laws about who can and who can't own a gun vary.

    Then there's Chicago. The nation's third largest city, and the site of rampant gun violence.


    Some will have you believe that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation. It's a claim that was repeated by then-candidate Donald Trump during one of the debates.


    But, this claim is not entirely true. Chicago police say it's a common misconception, one that ignores some major legal decisions in recent years.

    In 2010, the Supreme Court actually struck down Chicago's handgun ban. In 2013, the city ended its gun registry, and in 2014, a ban on gun shops in Chicago was rejected.

    Police also point to the fact that most guns used in Chicago crimes are bought outside the city or even the state. When you compare the gun restrictions to other major cities like New York and Los Angeles, The University of Chicago crime lab says the cities are pretty comparable. When it comes to who can actually buy so-called assault weapons, New York and LA have tougher laws.

    So as the violence continues in Chicago, you're going to hear a lot about the city's gun laws, and you'll likely hear the claim repeated that Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the nation. But, know that the reality is more complicated than a simple talking point.

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    Chicago goes high-tech in search of answers to gun crime surge

    By Joel Gunter BBC News, Washington DC

    • 19 June 2017


    Image captionAnalysts and officers track live crime data in Chicago's 11th police district

    In a cramped office in a police station in Chicago's 11th district, the sound of gunfire is a little computerised ping that rings out a few times a day.

    Somewhere in the district a microphone has picked up the percussive sound of a bullet and sent a signal, via California, to the station, which is where Kim Smith hears about it.


    Ms Smith, a data analyst from the University of Chicago, works at one of the city's new Strategic Decision Support Centres, where data, technology, and old-fashioned police work are being combined in an effort to control a sudden surge in gun violence.


    Seconds after a ping, a large flatscreen monitor displays a Google map of the gunshot location. Another connects to surveillance cameras activated by the shot, sometimes fast enough to see a gunman fleeing, and usually two or three minutes before the first 911 call comes in.


    Sometimes someone happens to open fire while a live feed is rolling in the room. "I've seen a lot of shootings actually happen on screen in front of me," said Ms Smith, who was new to the world of law enforcement when she joined the project.


    "The first time I was really shocked. You hear stories about people going out in the middle of the day in broad daylight, just walking the dog, and someone starts firing off rounds, but then to actually see it…"

    Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionCrosses for murder victims sit in an empty lot in Chicago's Englewood district

    The strategic centres were established in February after more than 4,000 shootings and 762 homicides in 2016 - a massive 59% increase on the previous year and more murders than New York and LA combined. President Trump threatened in January to "send in the Feds" if the city didn't fix "the horrible carnage".

    Taking blueprints from similar operations in LA and New York, Chicago PD set up two centres in the city's two most violent districts - Englewood and Harrison, which account for 5% of the city's population but nearly a third of all shootings last year. Eventually there will be six across the city, with initial set-up costs of about a million dollars each.


    Chicago PD borrowed civilian data analysts - including Ms Smith - from the University of Chicago in an attempt to make better use of existing technologies like the Shotspotter microphones and more sense of the crime data routinely collected by the department.


    The new cutting edge of anti-gun policing in Chicago had a modest start. The Englewood district centre set up shop in a disused line-up room, the partition wall and one-way glass knocked through to make more room. The first strategic meeting of the Harrison district centre was lit by a single lamp in a bare office.






    Now there are large flatscreen monitors fixed to the walls displaying live maps and charts, while analysts track data on two or three screens in front of them. Each morning there is a strategic meeting where officers and analysts pore over maps and reports, attempting to predict trends or identify trouble spots.


    Using a piece of predictive software called HunchLab, they translate the data into "missions", which can involve anything from talking to local business owners in certain areas to watching certain surveillance feeds at certain times.


    And they might be getting results. The two pilot districts - on the South and West sides - have seen a 30% and 39% drop in gun violence so far this year, against a 15% drop city-wide. Chicago Police Deputy Chief Jonathan Lewin, who oversaw the development of the centres, said it was still early days.


    "This is still a pilot so it's tough to determine causality," he said. "Is it the process, is it the technology, is it cars being more mobile because we're tracking them more rigorously? That's the million-dollar question."


    In reality, the stakes are higher than that. Chicago's murder rate soared last year, breaking 750 for the first time since the violent crime peak of the early 1990s and putting pressure on the police department to try new approaches.



    There's no one easy reason for the sudden homicide spike. The murder rate is down so far this year compared with 2016, and still a long way from the violence of the early 90s, but the dramatic surge has made national headlines.

    Jeff Asher, a crime analyst who has studied homicide rates in major cities, pointed to poor clearance rates, as well as a sudden and substantial decrease in street stops. The number of solved murders in Chicago fell to just 26% last year, according to analysis by the University of Chicago, compared with a national average of 62%.


    "Chicago's murder clearance rate last year was abysmal," he said.

    "Gun violence begets gun violence, and if people believe crimes aren't going to be solved that increases the likelihood of retribution shootings and violence generally."


    An 80% decrease in street stops between November 2015 and January 2016 has been linked to the November 2015 release of footage showing the controversial police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald during a stop, as well as new laws on street stops introduced around the same time.


    "Whether that played a role is difficult to say for sure," said Mr Asher. "But it suggests that policing matters, and that the degree of policing can have an impact on murder reduction."



    Chicago PD has faced accusations that it turned to technology to paper over fundamental problems with community-police relations, strained further by the killing of McDonald. A Department of Justice report published in January accused the department of a pattern of racism and excessive use of force.

    And surveillance is another concern. In a city which is already the most surveilled in the country, the number of police cameras in the two pilot districts rose by 25%.


    "We can't use data and technology in a way that supplants suspicion for real evidence that someone is involved in a crime," said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union in Illinois. "Community-police relations are already poor in this city, and if the technology simply becomes a stand-in for community policing, then that's a problem."


    This isn't the first time the department has turned to data to tackle gun crime. For about four years it has used a controversial secret list, based on a secret algorithm, to predict potential gun violence criminals and victims, angering civil liberties campaigners.


    A report by research body the Rand Corporation suggested that the so-called "heat list" - which was recently made public for the first time - had no impact on homicide rates and actually increased the likelihood of arrest for those identified as potential victims.

    Image copyrightMAYOR'S OFFICEImage captionChicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel visits the Harrison centre

    It isn't news to Chicago PD that there's a community relations problem. "A decade ago Chicago was recognised for its community policing and unfortunately we got away from that," said spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. "Every single district now has to refocus the way they think."

    Part of that was under way with smarter policing, driven by the strategic support centres, he said. The next phase would shift focus to the community, including a programme that will put trainees into districts to forge community ties before they hit the beat for real.


    "Don't mistake this for success, but it's progress," he said.


    Others were less cautious. "I think it's made a huge difference already," said Kevin Johnson, police commander in the Harrison district. "Officers are more engaged, more involved, right across the department from patrol cops to narcotics to gang crime." And they had embraced the civilian analysts, he said. "I think we needed a different perspective."


    Ms Smith is on indefinite loan from the university and plans to stick around as long as she'd needed. "It can be hard to gauge how much of an effect you're having," she said, "but think a lot of people have good reason to believe that what we're doing is making a dent on violence in Chicago this year."

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