Saturday, August 23, 2014

LINCOLN PARK: Man Shot On Lake Shore Drive

A 24-year-old man was shot in the face as he traveled southbound on Lake Shore Drive between Diversey and Fullerton this morning.

Police responded to the area of Fullerton and Cannon Drive, just north of the Lincoln Park Zoo, at 12:26AM after a woman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had been shot in the face and she needed help getting him to a hospital.

18th district officers found the victim moments later and alerted our 19th district officers. He was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in "stable" condition with a gunshot wound to his left cheek.

One officer said that a single shell casing was found inside the victim’s van. It is not known if the casing came from the gun used to shoot the man or if it was generated at some other time.

Witnesses provided a vague description of the alleged shooter—a bald man, possibly Hispanic—driving southbound on Lake Shore Drive in a 4-door gray/silver sedan such as a Honda Civic or Nissan Altima.

CPD case HX398763 records the incident as an aggravated battery with a handgun.

"Recreation"

Of note, but not definitively connected to the shooting, is a high level of activity early this morning in the 3700 block of Recreation Drive, the area east of Lake Shore Drive just north of Addison. The "Rec Drive" area, particularly a nearby clock tower and lakefront seawall, are well-known gang hang-outs. Two men were shot there in a gang-related incident last month.

911 callers reported drag racing on Recreation Drive about 15 minutes before this morning's shooting and large crowds were reported and confirmed by police in the Rec Drive area as late as 2:15 this morning.
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21 comments:

  1. Alderman Smith sent out her re-election announcement this week to those on her mailing list in her capacity as 43rd Ward Committeewoman. I am anxious to see how see reacts as the lack of police in her ward, driven by the Emanuel Administration cutbacks and reorganization, is now resulting in increased crime in her once bucolic ward.

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  2. Sounds like a gang shooting.

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  3. She'll casing inside the car huh??? Ok

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    1. Lots of comments about that.

      It is not known if the casing came from the weapon used to shoot the man, only that *a* casing was found.

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  4. What an odd scenario, and an odd (relatively speaking) location for this type of event. More information is certainly needed, and hopefully it will be forthcoming from the police department or other knowledgeable sources, such as: was this gang related? drug related? a random occurrence (the most frightening possibility)? or .....?

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    1. Most certainly it was gang related, the guy shot is a known gangbanger from a different area and just so happened that some other losers spotted him and took retaliation over a war for a hood where I am most certain they do not even live and if they do live there 90% of them rent.........What hood are they fighting for........Idiots!

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  5. Michele Smith consistently votes in line with the Rahmboy's issues. Rahm decimated the police force. I have never heard Smith make any real objection, therefore Smith is equally to blame.

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    1. Any Alderman who votes in favor of decimating the police force (and by voting for Rahm's budget, they did.) Any Alderman who voted for the corrupt red light cameras, the parking meter lease, selling the Skyway.....those fools DO NOT have the best interest of Chicago or its citizens. They are voting in favor for whatever the mayor (be it Rahm or Daley, back in the day, want.)

      Why on earth have all these highly paid "representatives," when it is entirely clear that the only bodies they represent are the whims of the mayor?

      And don't get me started on Tunney or Cappleman and their love of all the social service agencies that import low-lives into our neighborhood. They vote to bring in this mess, but what about Joe & Judy Yuppie - you know, the good folks who purchases homes, who are paying TAXES, patronizing local businesses?? Seems to me that these ass-clowns are hell-bent on getting rid of all the law-abiding, good citizens for a bunch of criminals.

      I'm a homeowner, and unless things turn around, I will bale. I don't want to.....but I will not live amongst the lawlessness that we have today.

      Let's vote all these ass-clowns out...the mayor, the worthless rubber-stamping Alderfools. Let's elect true representatives that are tough on crime. Enough is enough! Let's reclaim our city!!

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  6. As the original poster, perhaps I wasn't dripping with enough sarcasm about the disappointment I feel with both y Alderman and my Mayor. Unfortunately, I have not heard of anyone as of yet who has announced in opposition to her, so there may be no alternative short of a protest write-in.

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    1. Here's one. http://jenkramer43.com/

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    2. Thanks for the link. I will be anxious to see where she stands on the issues affecting the Ward, especially crime and policing, given that she appears to be tied to the "old regime", and perhaps is this cycles version of Tim Egan.

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  7. There were fireworks going off at about 11:45pm last night north of Belmont Harbor. I'm not sure if they were being set off from Montrose or closer to the clocktower. I'm assuming this was an unofficial show, given the time, and wonder if it was connected to the gang activity.

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  8. why do tact teams leave early on a Friday night. Its ashame when 1961 Sgt Mike White is answering up all night taking calls because he let his whole team leave early. Your not fooling anyone sgt!

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  9. Off topic but worth a mention....5 openings in 019, BUT, 10 openings in both 016 and 017, and 8 at the airport. Let's see how many people bail out of Eli's sinking ship this time.

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    1. Officers with under 12-14 years on the job in 016 and 017 are praying they don't get dumped to midnights with an influx of veteran cops bidding out of south side and west side districts. BTW, 017 is severely understaffed; more so than 019. Down to about half strength from just a few years ago.

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    2. Thanks for your post, Anonymous. It just so happens that we have documents showing staffing level changes for all districts 2011 vs. today. 017 is down less than 5% since 2011. 019 is down 24% during the same period.

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    3. My mistake in not saying exact # of years. My wife has worked in 017 for at least 10 years and says they have half as many cops at 3rd watch roll call, time due days off are regularly denied and officer are 10-99 constantly. But what do we know, we're just the officers in the squads trying to chase down the bad guys.

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  10. from Second City Cop:
    Lake Shore Drive Shooting
    Not a story Rahm wants to see:
    A man was shot early Saturday while driving on Lake Shore Drive in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    The 24-year-old man was driving southbound on North Lake Shore Drive about 12:20 a.m., when a light-colored car pulled up alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, police said.

    He was shot in the left side of his face, exited Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton and called police, police said.

    The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
    Crime might be down - but the perception of crime? In Lincoln Park? On Lake Shore Drive? All we need now is a "Lake Shore Drive VRI" program.
    Labels: crime

    POSTED BY SCC AT 12:01 AM

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  11. Alternate scenario...our "victim" here or someone in his vehicle took a shot at a rival somewhere along Rec Drive and is pursued by another who returns fire striking the driver in the face. Driver flees the area either tossing the gun along the way or said unknown passenger flees the vehicle. Either way, doesn't sound random and nobody here sounds innocent.

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  12. Drive-by shooting in Lincoln Park? The story was barely mentioned on the news and I've seen no follow-ups from any news outlets since it happened. I guess it's inevitable with so much gang activity taking place by the lake and almost no police presence.

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    1. It was in the Sun-Times briefly, very early Saturday morning, and then removed. Someone on the night shift hadn't read the memo perhaps. How do those conversations in the news rooms sound, I wonder?

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