Sunday, August 23, 2015

GUNSHOTS AT SUNRISE: Gunman Misses Suburban Bangers In Lakefront Shooting Attempt

Early morning golfers, joggers, and dog walkers called 911 in droves after seven to ten shots were fired from a black Escalade in the 3600 block of Recreation Drive Sunday morning. No one was struck by the bullets, which went flying at 7:04AM.

As CWB Chicago has reported frequently, the Rec Drive area is a popular hangout for several primarily-Hispanic street gangs.

Police believe the intended target this morning was a group of about six Spanish Gangster Disciples from northwest suburban Elgin.

Officers questioned members of the group, but no arrests were made.

Multiple witnesses reported that the shots came from a black SUV with tinted windows that was occupied by two Hispanic men and two Hispanic women. The vehicle fled north on Recreation Drive at a high rate of speed after an occupant fired shots near the park tennis courts.

Police returned to the area shortly before 8AM after one of the intended targets threatened to kill himself by jumping into the lake from the nearby seawall.

Officers were able to take the “emotionally upset” man into custody. He is being evaluated at Thorek Hospital.
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26 comments:

  1. If I just avoided being shot, I think I'd leave the area. Guess I don't have what it takes to be a banger.

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  2. My friend and I were eating at the cafe by the golf course yesterday afternoon, and I told him how we needed to make ourselves scarce before sundown. He laughed. I will forward him this article. Remember: early Sunday mornings are extensions of Saturday night, very unsafe to venture out until after 9. Thanks politicians and ignorant voters for making this a permanent way of life for more and more Americans. And they come from Elgin? No place is safe anymore.

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    1. Elgin has had a gang problem since at least the 1980s.

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    2. The east side of Elgin has had gangs since way back when I was growing up there -- the early 70s! Everybody from Elgin knew the east side was the less safe side.

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  3. Holy shit. That place would have been swarming with joggers then.

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  4. All of the sirens heard shortly after the gunshots were in response to the fire in Edgewater. The police who responded to the gunshots at the tennis courts did not use sirens. The first police car arrived after about four minutes and was eventually joined by four other cars. Of course, the perpetrators were long gone by then. With the constant reports of gang members populating the area around Recreation Drive every night, why are police not assigned to sit there all night and actually prevent crime? I know there is a critical shortage of police but it seems logical to position scarce resources in the places where crime occurs regularly-- like the park at Waveland and the Belmont L stop. Can someone with knowledge of police practices explain that lack of deployment to the innocent citizens and taxpayers?!

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    1. Yes, the lack of deployment is caused by the "innocent citizens and taxpayers" continuing to practice insanity by voting the same clowns into office with a wide majority. Nothing in the news now is anything new from what the citizens should have known before last November. Until the voters wise up, it will only get worse.

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    2. May I ask you (11:27AM), with all due respect, is this your first time reading this blog?
      Even so, have you not kept informed of the basics of what surrounds you in your community?
      - A hugely decreased police presence?
      - A dramatically increased crime rate?
      - Two staggeringly ineffective aldermen....and by 'staggeringly ineffective' I mean 'absolutely willing to lie to constituents'.
      - A very real gang problem that is consistently swept under the rug by said aldermen.
      We could go on here. Actually we could go on for a very long time.
      Suffice to say sir / m'am - you may wish to inform yourself. Quickly.
      Crime actually isn't down.
      And your fine city representatives aren't quite telling you the truth!
      (Shock of shocks!)

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    3. It's true, Tunneys is a lie and Capplemanns is a lie,. too. It's a sad situation and both bozos keep getting re-elected, for reasons I can't comprehend.

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    4. You just answered your own question!

      There are NOT enough police officers in 019 District to do all the things you just asked!

      Maybe we should just use cardboard cutouts of Police officers instead and post them in the area!

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  5. Don't cops ever pose as a decoy?...

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    1. A decoy??? Like pose as a jogger and take the stray bullet? Not quite the same as trying to catch a purse snatcher.

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    2. No. Decoy operations are prohibited due to the fact that the necessary surveillance equipment needed for officer safety has not been purchased or distributed to tac teams. Only specialized teams in organized crime do undercover work.

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  6. I live in Uptown and unfortunately due to all the B.S that happens up here I have met many police officers that work in the 19th. They have told me that they are undermanned. They are aware of what is going on the lake front but they are so busy going to calls that they cant do preventive policing. For instance driving buy hot spots to let their presence known. The 19th is to large for the amount of police we have, Combining the districts was the worst decision this city has made. When you have shootings in Uptown, Boystown and Wrigleyville are not going to have police. Vice versa When you have events like the pride parade police or Cubs games they are not going to be available in other areas. This is what the police officers told me. Didn't come from City hall or the police superintendent. Our district is in this together. I know Tunney always comes up in these conversations but all the Alderman that are in the 19th should be held at fault.

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  7. I was chatting with a cop on my street in Boystown last week.
    He said most police officers feel that citizens should carry guns so they can protect themselves.
    I wanted to ask him a few more questions after that, but he got a call and had to go.

    So sad, that I may have to buy a gun in order to realistically be safe in Chicago.

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    1. I carry now and feel very relaxed and secure and safe...much more so than before. I have been trained on its use and am fully prepared to kill to save my own life.

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    2. Only the top brass is against civilians owning and carrying guns because they're political appointees and have to toe the mayor's line.

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  8. Does anyone know of any meetings where residents can confront officials about these problems. I'd like to get a camera/reporter there. Thanks. Pat, WGN-TV

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    1. The monthly CAPS meetings at the police station on Addison have been know to get entertaining. If you plan to show up for one, you should announce your plans and maybe a big vocal crowd will show up. The next one is coming up in September.

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  9. To 1:47am, if you go that route get training. You will be taught not only the basics but how to retain the weapon and when not to use it. You will be shown special holsters that make it difficult to take the weapon away from you, things that usually only cops know. Look into it. And have pepper spray because not all incidents require deadly force. One thing most cops will tell you is that when under stress, you will default to what ever training you have., its that important. Training is available for firearms and defense spray, getting trained greatly increases your survival chances.

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  10. Looking forward to my son's flag football league starting up this fall on the fields there..... "Boys Boys, run for you lives!!"

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  11. On an unrelated topic, curious CWB, do you ever receive threats from family/friends of some of those your profile?

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  12. The North Side police districts do a good job. But they are very much understaffed. The Cook County States Attorneys and hard working Judges are also over worked. They should shut down the Halsted bars at 2 AM. It would make a big change.

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  13. I just saw on NBC5 that Dart says most shoplifting offenses are homeless people and they can't keep them in jail more than 30 days. Do the smash and grabs and these cell store thefts classify for 30 days? They are not homeless people, but career criminals. What is going on around here?

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    1. Tom Dart is clueless. I have worked in retail and theft by homeless is like maybe 3-5% and it's usually low cost items like food or things of that nature. Most shoplifters are career criminals or gang bangers averaging about 250-500 dollars per hit. Those items usually get sold to a ma and pa store that turns around and sells it to a fencing operation. Those fencing operations usually fund high level criminals. I've had two cases were the proceeds were actually used to fund terrorists overseas. Shoplifting isn't as petty of a crime as many people think.

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    2. All those blocks and blocks of "Wholesale/Retail" stores that line Clark Street near the Wilson intersection are all fencing operations for stolen goods.

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