The War In Chicago

Chicago is a War Zone

How’s that Hope and Change workin’ out?

Via the Chicago Sun-Times:

Four people have died and at least 15 others have been wounded in separate shootings since Friday afternoon in Chicago.

The first shooting happened at 4:43 p.m. on Friday in the 5100 block of South May when two men were killed and three others were wounded.

The five were standing outside when two unknown males approached them on foot and fired shots, police said in a statement.


The second fatal shooting happened about 12:49 a.m. on Saturday during an apparent robbery attempt, according to police.

Kenneth J. Jones, 27, of the 3800 block of South Cottage Grove, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in the 6800 block of South Indiana, officials said.

At 10:20 a.m., two brothers were sitting inside a sedan parked on 111th Street near South Edbrooke when a dark-colored sports-utility vehicle drove up and shots were fired, police said.

Derrick Wilkerson, 21, of the 11800 block of South Indiana, was shot in the chest and later pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, authorities said.

His 19-year-old brother suffered gunshot wounds to the arms and was in “stable” condition, police said.

At least 15 people — mostly men — were wounded in other separate shootings on the South and West sides.

One of the wounded was a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head about 8 p.m. in a drive-by shooting in the 6100 block of South Rockwell.

So much for community organizing.

The Chicago Tribune has a different tally:

At least 21 people were wounded late Saturday night into this morning in shootings across the city, several of which involved two or more people shot at once, according to Chicago police.

Police officials this morning were still gathering a list of confirmed shootings and victims during a hectic night that saw officers in some districts racing from one shooting to another. Preliminary numbers indicated that 21 people were wounded, police said.

One person — a 16-year-old boy — died after being shot on the porch of his Southwest Side home about 8 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Perhaps no district was busier than the Near West Side’s Ogden District, where a total of nine people were shot in just two separate shootings.

In one incident, five people — which included four victims younger than 20 — were wounded as they stood with a large group in the 3300 block of West Douglas Boulevard in the Lawndale neighborhood at about 2:15 a.m., police said.

One of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition for gunshot wounds to the buttocks and groin, police said.

The other victims, a 24-year-old man, a 16-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man, and a 19-year-old woman, all suffered non-serious wounds.

Earlier in the evening, four people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded in a drive-by-shooting in the 1300 block of South Avers Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood just before 11 p.m. Saturday, police said.

All four victims, who ranged from 15 to 25 years old, were taken to area hospitals in good condition with gunshots to the legs, police said. The teen suffered only a graze wound, police said.

Desperation, frustration, gangs and probably a host of other factors are playing roles in our youth are annihilating each other — “15 to 25 years old”. Lack of hope and unwanted change.

Related Links:

As murders rise, Emanuel pushes for tougher anti-gang law

2 dead, 7 wounded in separate South and West Side shootings

1 dead, 8 wounded in overnight shootings

3 dead, 10 wounded in South and West side shootings

Police probing downtown muggings

25 Shot Overnight In Chicago

11 Dead, More Than 40 Hurt In Memorial Day Weekend Gun Violence

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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6 Responses to The War In Chicago

  1. why are you so happy about this?


    • Exactly what in the 4 sentences I wrote makes you think I’m happy people are being killed?


      • It’s not the what, it’s the where. Placed as they are, your comments criticize Obama (which isn’t the problem) but also come off as snide. It doesn’t sound like you care about the actual people. “Never waste a crisis.”


      • Oh, so it’s not what I said now but where I said it. Perhaps I should have cut the quoted text in half to insert my 4 whole sentences? I’ve followed the escalating youth violence all over this country and Chicago in particular due to the high death tolls there. I find it atrocious but what I find more atrocious is your attempt to shame me for calling it out. You my dear are trying to turn my comments into the crisis instead of focusing on the fact these youths might not be killing each other if they were employed. That’s a fact and if it’s “snide” then it is not I that have the problem, but you.
        “Doctor heal thyself.”


    • Amy Kotner says:

      KF, what’s wrong with your mind?


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