Monday, June 30, 2014

IT HAPPENED: Man Shot Near Belmont/Sheffield; Person Robbed Nearby While Cops Guard Scene

For many concerned neighbors, it has been the "what if" and "one of these days" scenario that we hoped would never come, but in our gut knew it would.

The fact that it came in the disaster that has recently followed Chicago's Pride Parade should surprise no one.

A 21-year-old gang member was shot while standing outside of Chiro One, 3132 Sheffield, at 1:52 this morning. 19th district officers were within yards of the incident, handling a street fight. But when the shots rang out, they immediately changed gears and ran toward the gunfire.

The offender was described as a Hispanic man in dark clothing. He may have run southbound on Sheffield after the incident. Varying getaway vehicle descriptions were also given. Officers scoured the area for the shooter without success.

Fortunately, this did not become the worst case scenario. Five shots were fired and the victim was hit in his left arm. He is being treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. CPD case HX324654.

In the two hours leading up to the shooting, officers responded to at least two reports of men with guns on streets packed with post-Pride meanderers—one report was at Halsted and Newport and the other was near the Belmont CTA station. Neither alleged offender was found.

Unbelievably, or maybe entirely believably, a victim was strong arm robbed just steps away at 916 Belmont while officers guarded the shooting crime scene.

Let's be clear about one thing right up front: The officers and leaders of the 19th district put forth exceptional, tireless efforts to try to make an impossible post-Pride situation succeed.



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28 comments:

  1. This is unbelievable. Something has to be done. Five people were shot in the 19 police district today related to Gay Pride events. My God, enough is enough. Now I know why these police officers leave when they get the chance.

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  2. Thank you for giving on duty police officers their due credit. We do what we can with the resources Tiny Dancer and McStreetlightassasin give us. I live in another area where districts were merged (with multiple ald involved) and I can tell you those two could give a rat's ass about the havoc they have caused.

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    1. We were happy to have those of you who served. The hell that you and the citizens have been put through from Rahm and Mr. Compstat is beyond atrocious. It's too bad that a majority of people are too ignorant to see it and will probably vote Rahm and Tunney back in.

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  3. I live in the building that the car was shot at....and i will say as quick as i got to the window....their were cops everywhere....it looked like it was a car full of latins that where shot at...i am sure they were here for pride....i have been one to agree with the thinking that someone has to get killed for them to do more

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  4. And to think they canceled the South Side Irish Parade for far less….people being drunk in public. It's time this prideless event is canceled or moved to the city.

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  5. And the South Side Irish Parade is back two years later.

    How about closing the Belmont L station nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM?

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    1. If they close the Belmont L station, the sewage will just flow to Addison and Fullerton..

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    2. they did close the El for about 3 hours around noon. Officially I heard Belmont, individual people reported Addison as well.

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    3. do we know why they temporarily closed service to belmont that afternoon? it said police activity, and i'm wondering what exactly that entailed... just crowd control?

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  6. Omg! Is that policeman carrying a automatic weapon? Where do I live? I can begrudgingly see the need to carry a taser or even a side arm, but to have the police carrying weapons of war? I'm horrified...

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    1. What the hell do you think the bad guys carry? Police are out gunned thanks to a supreme court owned by the NRA.

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    2. Clearly you don't understand what is going on in the neighborhood just yet...

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    3. All Police weapons are semi automatic with the exception of some older Officers with revolvers. Quit crying about the low caliber SEMI-AUTO. Weapons the Police have. The bad guys in this city have fully auto weapons, the kind the military uses in war. Worry about that instead.

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    4. Blaming the NRA for the guns that the 'bad guys' carry is idiotic. Guess what sport - criminals don't follow laws. That is why they are criminals.

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    5. As far as I know, criminals do not manufacture guns--they steal them, buy them or are given them by others who bought them. Organizations that oppose background checks at gun shows or by private parties, that oppose any restriction on the type of guns people can obtain, I will hold responsible. NRA fits the bill. I do not oppose people owning weapons for defense of their home or for hunting wildlife, but who needs automatic weapons for that.

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    6. OMG! This post is a shining example of how the neighborhood and city have arrived at where it is and will continue to go downhill until poster "OMG" and his/her friends have a clue as to what is going on in their city and neighborhood. Open your eyes! Talk to your neighbors. READ THIS BLOG!!!! This is real. Do you expect your PO's to go on the street with lollipops to combat these thugs? I sincerely hope you or your friends do not learn the hard way about the reality we are facing. Quit being shocked at your PO's defending themselves and YOU and be appalled at the THUGS taking over your neighborhood and city.

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  7. I got home around midnight last night, so I decided to walk over to Halsted to see what the situation was like. The police were lined up and down the street, the Seven Eleven parking lot was baracaded off. It was a huge mob of people ever where...I didn't see anyone who looked to be from the neighborhood. It was all of our "visitors." Trash all over the street, all over the sidewalks, people screaming and pushing each other around. I turned down a side street to head back towards Broadway. Gangs milling about on the side street. Garbage was thrown all over one of the building's parkways, and as I passed by the smell was so bad you could tell people had been defecating there. I made it to Broadway and there was a large group hanging out in the street by Angelina.

    Do you remember back when there would be no trace the parade had even taken place an hour after it ended? At this point there's no meaning left to it. It's fitting that an article I saw about the parade this week featured as it's photo a [icture of a group of "bachelorette party" girls. End it once and for all, move it downtown, but get it out of the neighborhood....it's certainly nothing for us to be "proud" of.

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    1. Yep. Saw that "story" and another one about Pride on the same site. Both featured photos of squealing girls who looked like they just wobbled off a trolley.

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    2. I agree! The gay parade is no longer even gay! Time to hang it up.

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    3. "Let's be clear about one thing right up front: The officers and leaders of the 19th district put forth exceptional, tireless efforts to try to make an impossible post-Pride situation succeed."

      GOOD to see the police aren't being blamed for this year's fiasco!!

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    4. man michael. you are one brave dude. wouldn't have caught me out on those streets at that hour for nothin'.

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    5. Out Law it. It's a monster when it ends. Enough.

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  8. In what way were any of the three shootings related to Pride, other than they happened in the same police district? I don't think a venn diagram of pride attendees and gang bangers would have a whole lot of overlap. None of the shootings sound pride related at all, and yet many here seem to be trying to pin the blame on it.

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    1. If you have to ask that question then you really are clueless about what element the parade attracts. The very same element that makes Belmont a dangerous place. Now multiply that and add some opposing gangs in there and it's a recipe for disaster.

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  9. I appreciate your efforts to inform the public of what is REALLY going on in Lake View. When I moved to Lake View from Old Town I really hoped to make it home, but between the lack of police response when I called them constantly because there were no resources available and the unwanted guests that rob and destroy the neighborhood is why I moved to Streeterville.

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  10. The shooting happend right below my balcony. I heard not only the shots but the actual shells hit the ground and could smell the gun residue when I went outside. That's how close everything happend. I must also commend the officers for their quick reactions and responses regardless from where they came or responded from.

    I have nothing against the intended spirit of the parade but the "event" has nothing to do with the spirit. Now it's all about using the parade as a reason or a catalyst to show up to the neighborhood and do anything but behave. Over the course of years it's blantantly obvious to anyone with sight the amount of people, the type of people and the behavior of people keeps getting progressively worse and worse. I have seen anythiing from public intoxication, urination (literally on Sheffield on the sidewalk), public sexual acts you name it. Now I add a shooting to the list of concerns.

    Something needs to change. Scale it down, move it, have a parade here and party and Grant Park, I don't care if it turns into a weekend Gaychoella like festival, just take it out of our neighborhood. Sadly, this may be the case of a few rotten apples ruining it for the batch but next time it won't be an "accidental" shooting but a full blown shoot out that takes place in our streets.

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