Wednesday, August 13, 2014

SHOTS FIRED AFTER MARKET DAYS: Bullet Flies Through Boystown Family's Window; No Injuries Reported

Bullet hole in the window of a Buckingham Place home.
While late night revelers mingled on Halsted Street and Market Days work crews broke down the festival's tents, at least two shots were fired just steps away in the 700 block of Buckingham Place early Monday morning. One round, possibly a ricochet, crashed through a resident's front window. Another became lodged in a parked car. No one is known to have been struck.

Multiple calls of shots fired lit up the 911 call center at 1AM Monday morning. The calls came from the areas of Halsted and Buckingham as well as Broadway and Buckingham.

Moments after the shots rang out—and prior to our learning of the shots fired calls—a CWB reader with firearms experience approached an editor on the street to report hearing the shots, seeing pedestrians take cover on Broadway, and then seeing four people run east on Buckingham to Broadway where they split off into pairs: two running north and two running south.

The seemingly sleepy 700 block of Buckingham Place.
Officers at the time found a citizen who reported hearing two shots, but an off-duty officer working Market Days security said he heard no shots and the calls were deemed "not bona fide."

That changed around 7:45 yesterday evening when a woman called police to report finding a bullet in her home. And the bullet was still there. An officer took the bullet for inventory, but evidence technicians were not called because the bullet had been handled by the homeowner. (CPD case HX384991.)

A police source tells CWB that a second bullet was found in a parked car, believed to also have been on Buckingham.

Confirmation of Monday morning's incident means that gunshots have rung out this year following two of Boystown's annual cornerstone events: Market Days and the Chicago Pride Parade.

Organizers and politicians are sure to dismiss Monday's gunfire as "not related" to Market Days. They would have a hard time making that statement had Monday's rounds taken even slightly different trajectories toward Halsted Street.
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16 comments:

  1. Just FYI, even if the homeowner had not touched the round the evidence tech would not come out... They don't come out for damage to property. Since no one was hurt there would not be a evidence tech assigned... They are even more overwhelmed than the 019th district officers.... There are like 3-4 working nights for the whole city

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  2. If a tree falls in a forest...

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  3. Enough of this crap. We need some serious anti-loitering sweeps in Boystown.

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  4. I used to own near that address....it was such a quiet, safe street....memories

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  5. That looks to be a .022 caliber hole.

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    1. Whew.

      Wait, is that Tunney's new line? Wouldn't have been fatal from a block away.

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  6. The problem with anti-loitering sweeps is I believe the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Chicago's former practices of doing them were unconstitutional. But, I may be wrong.

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    1. needs to be changed back then. the inmates are running the asylum.

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  7. Maybe the off duty officers would have a different response had they been doing patrol work rather than flirting with Boystown doormen.

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  8. Good news was that no one was hurt or killed---the bad news is that it is only a matter of time before it happens. I was surprised at the amount of news coverage on the Midlothian mugging when compared with the relative silence of the aggressive acts continuing in the Belmont/Halsted/Sheffield corridor.

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  9. But hey there are plenty of state police near the 1000-1500w block on Taylor st. What does Lakeview need to do to to get some of the state police and fed cops?

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  10. Firearms instructor here,FYI after leaving the barrel of any handgun or rifle the spent bullet will be engraved with markings that will show it was fired from that firearm if it is ever recovered. The home owner touching the spent bullet would not matter in any way. A .22 or any other round can travel a half mile plus and still be deadly. Bad guys are bad shots and bullets don't have eyes, in your home or on the street,if you hear gunshots hit the deck fast and hug the ground. A hero is a sandwich !

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  11. Crime is down!!!

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  12. These off duty officers doing security don't know what real gunshots sound like? they brushed it off and said it was not shots? Good thing no one was shot since they didn't do there jobs and investigate better.

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