Sunday, July 06, 2014

VIOLENT NIGHT: 2 Shot Near Belmont Harbor; Another Stabbed Outside Wrigley Field; Man Dies After Being Found Shot Near Mayor's House

Chicago Police work the scene of a double-shooting near the tennis courts 
north of Belmont Harbor Sunday morning.
Two men were shot in a parking lot just north of Belmont Harbor overnight, making this the second weekend in a row that police have handled shooting incidents in the Wrigleyville and Boystown area.

Also in our neighborhood overnight: One man was stabbed in the chest outside of Wrigley Field and at least three people were robbed on the streets.

Most troubling for the city's "crime is down" narrative, though, may be the Washington Heights man who died after being found shot near Montrose and Paulina, just two blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home.

Here are the details of the shootings and stabbing:

Belmont Harbor Shootings

The victims were found lying on the paved drive seen here on the right.
Two men were shot near the clocktower and tennis courts north of Belmont Harbor shortly after 3AM today. The victims were found on the pavement in a nearby parking lot.

Two callers reported hearing five shots fired and calls of men down quickly followed.

Both victims are Hispanic and police believe the offenders are Latin Kings.

Police say the two victims were approached by a group of about 10 people who asked about their gang affiliations before a man in the group pulled out a blue steel revolver and opened fire.

One victim was shot in the leg, back and shoulder. The other in the arm and chest. Both were in critical condition when they arrived at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

After the shooting, the offender and his companions fled west to Recreation Drive and then south along Lake Shore Drive.

Police describe the shooter as a Hispanic man, 21- to 25-years-old with a short haircut, possibly with a "bushy tail" in the back. He has tattoos near both of his eyes, a mustache, and he covered part of his face.  He wore a white t-shirt and blue or dark shorts. All of his companions wore black shirts.

This morning's shooting is the fourth gang-related shooting incident around our neighborhood in recent weeks.
• A 25-year-old man was struck in the eye by a ricocheting bullet near Addison and Ashland on May 11 after gunfire erupted at a nearby Latin Eagles memorial service.
• A van full of eight Little Village residents was shot at by opposing gang members across from Wrigley Field early on May 25. A well-placed police source told CWB at the time that at least two of the van's occupants were Latin Kings. As CWB reported in a follow-up story, the area around Recreation Drive and the clock tower is a well-known gang hangout.
• A 21-year-old Hispanic man who is an admitted gang member was shot in the arm near Belmont and Sheffield last Monday morning.
Today's incident is recorded in CPD case HX333140.

Stabbing Outside Wrigley Field

Oh, yeah. It's a party alright. Image: National Review
At least one man was stabbed outside of Wrigley Field, directly across from the nearby McDonald's restaurant at 12:35 this morning. Witnesses reported a bunch of people fighting and breaking out headlights on cars.

A 29-year-old man who was stabbed in the chest during the fight managed to throw himself into a taxi cab and get to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Another scuffle broke out at the hospital, apparently after an opposing fighter showed up for medical treatment, too. One man was taken into custody at Masonic. CPD case HX333073.

Shot In Uptown, Victim Dies After Being Found Near Mayor's Home

Crime is down. Crime is down. Crime is down.
A 19-year-old Washington Heights man was shot multiple times by an unknown gunman while sitting in the driver's seat of a car near Montrose and Malden in Uptown around 12:15 this morning.

The victim managed to drive the car with two other occupants nearly half of a mile west on Montrose before crossing paths with a 19th district officer at Montrose and Paulina, just two blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's front door.

Kevon Lamb was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. (Media outlets have reported the victim's first name as Kezon, his age as 20, and his hometown as Alsip. Our information is drawn from his driver's license.)

Also in the car with Lamb was his brother and a woman who was identified as one of the brothers' girlfriend. The woman suffered minor injuries and has been treated and released.  CPD case HX333013.
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