Monday, September 07, 2015

CLOSE CALL: Shots Fired Near Belmont Red LIne Station

At least six shots were fired near the Belmont Red Line early today, but no one was struck, police report.

Moments after the incident, several people who were partying nearby in Wrigleyville flagged down police to report that a man was flashing a handgun from a van.

No one is in custody.

Witness accounts of the 2:45AM shooting on Belmont varied, but most witnesses, including a CTA worker, reported that a green or blue minivan with gray stripes fled northbound in the alley parallel to the L tracks after an occupant fired shots.

Ten minutes after the shots rang out, police were flagged down near Clark and Cornelia in Wrigleyville by "a bunch of people" who said that they saw a man holding a gun out of a minivan window.

Officers found the van nearby, but its occupants were gone.

An employee of a business near the Belmont station told CWB Chicago that the shooting incident is believed to be gang-related.

Image: The Belmont CTA station and the northbound alley through which the minivan reportedly fled.
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46 comments:

  1. Well it has arrived. The never ending gang war is in our neighborhood while all the cops and $100,000,000 in overtime is being spent on the south side. The bangers are criminals but they know enough to go to where the cops are sparse.

    CWB has been doing us all a valuable service lettings us know about the crimes, police staff levels, debunking the lies from the politicians, etc.

    What have we done. Nothing!

    Tunney is at his crappy overpriced restaurant right know. There should be protestors outside.

    A group of 20 to 30 people protested this weekend on the south side and the media covered it.

    Rahm, Tunney and the rest do not care about or read blogs. But have a hundred protestor in front of Tunneys office or restaurant or in front of Rahm's house and there may be chance of change.

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    1. I agree. When are we doing this? I'm not a natural organizer, but I am an attender.

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    2. I totally agree with this post - what has Lakeview done? NOTHING!

      I don't live in Lakeview but used to patron the businesses much more than I do now. I try and get the heck out of there before 9pm.

      So many people on here bash Tunney - besides bashing this guy on a blog what are you doing about it? Do you talk to your neighbors and let them know? Do you stop Tunney on the street and let him know? Again I don't live in Lakeview but have run across the guy many times in the past year. And what a great idea - start a protest in the heart of the problem - Belmont - which ironically is the heart of the Alderman's business.

      I can tell you that if this was happening in my neighborhood I would be outside handing out fliers and yelling from the damn rooftops that this has got to stop! You are losing your wonderful neighborhood. Get mad and actually do something. And listen, I'm not naive enough to think one protest is going to change how things are operating overnight, but at least TRY. Don't be a sitting duck. Save your your neighborhood.

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    3. Good point, I sent Tunney a Facebook message with a link to the DNA info story about the employee who got robbed on Janssen last night and asked him what happened to the extra resources we were supposed to be getting? Will it even get past his support staff? Who knows, but I will plan to send his Facebook account messages on a regular basis with media reports in the future to let his staff know I think it's unacceptable. I'm also interested in participating in a rally or spending a day outside his office with other citizens.

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    4. 1. Set up a time or place for a protest then share with friends and on social media
      2. Make some signs & find someone with a bullhorn
      3. Call the news stations and get them to send a reporter
      4. Come up with some catchy hashtag and everyone take a bunch of pictures and post them on social media
      5. ????
      6. Profit

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    5. I'm in and I like the ideas on 1-6 list. What date/ time/ location are you thinking? Any marketing brains out there to help with catchy phrase for hashtag? What other phrases for signs? I can make several signs for those who don't have time and can contact news.

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    6. Not that it would do any good to begin with, but I posted on Tunneys facebook page asking a simple question: "Why did you state there would be more police resources in Ward 44 when you knew none were forthcoming?" It was taken down within *12 minutes.* Nice job, minions of Tunneys. Do as the master says. Ignore the problem and maybe it will go away, right? You all suck contaminated lake water!!!!!

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    7. I also posted on Tunney's FB page yesterday, I have to see if my comment was also removed. What about us getting his attention along with the news this week? I'm angry CPD alert didn't mention the gun robberies as written in CWB's new story.

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    8. How about LOVE as the name of a group -- Lakeview Opposition to Violent Entities?

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    9. Count me in. I'm sick and tired of what is going on around here. Perhaps some media coverage would shame our "leaders" into doing something about the violent crime around here.

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    10. Some sign ideas:
      Lakeview Against Violent Crime
      or Lakeview Against Crime
      Tunney Take Action
      Support CPD (or District 19)
      We Need More Patrols
      Keep Wrigley Safe
      Keep Boystown Safe
      Take Action Now
      Etc...help me out...I've never done this before. But really want to get this going. What about a hashtag? The group name LOVE is good, but in my opinion may need something more harsh to get the word out about opposing the crime for the hashtag? what do you all think?

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    11. Oh and of course, I forgot the CWBchicago.com sign!

      And possibly CWB could help make a flyer we can print out at home to hand out at the Lakeview L stations with the most up to date crime of the prior weekends (whenever we get our act together, I guess this week is out of the question at this point). When we get a date set I will email you directly, thinking it would be a good way to advertise your website as a benefit to you, and then we can have the rally date and location details on the same sheet.

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  2. Rahm has only 2 interests: Keep Chiraq off national news and damage control of his junk bond ratings.

    What he is too stupid to understand, being of a CEO mindset focused only on costs, is the damage to revenues from falling ratables of the wealthy areas. I am sure Moody's, etc, are well aware of what is going on, robbing Peter to pay Paul with police headcount having consequences.

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    1. It really surprised me that no media outlets are reporting how it isn't that safe around Wrigley Field after dark. With the Cubs potentially hosting playoff games in 4 weeks, a national outlet picking up on some of the robberies around Wrigley might actually force Rahm's hand. At the very least it would piss off the owners who are spending millions in the immediate area of the stadium.

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    2. For the same reason the violent crime has been swept under the rug on Halsted St. for the last 9 years.

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    3. Then lets get on the national news!

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    4. I think weekly marches would indeed piss off the Ricketts family, and maybe they can use their clout to get additional police for our neighborhood. God knows the mayor and his useless city council don't care about the safety of the people who live in the area. Maybe a very public shaming would do the trick.

      The Cubs owners, area bar & restaurant owners...anyone who wants to attract paying customers should know that people will STAY AWAY if the area is known to be dangerous. So far, there are still way too many people who still believe the area is safe. Let's change that. Let's not let the mayor and alderfools continue to lie and try to sweep all the mayhem under the rug.

      If we start marching, maybe - just maybe - we can cause enough of a stink to get our police back up to safe staffing levels. I will gladly participate!

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    5. I had a prior post mentioning that I messaged Tunney on Facebook yesterday. I also went to the below link and wrote the Cubs a message telling them I was concerned about taking family/friends from out of town to the stadium when people are getting mugged across the street. I also sent a tip to a popular sports blog with a link the CWB article talking about the guy getting beat up by Wrigley over the weekend. I haven't heard anything from anyone, but I'm going to keep trying to get the word out. The last thing our leadership wants is the public eye on this growing problem, I'm too competitive to let them win without a fight.

      http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/help/email.jsp?c_id=chc&prim

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    6. Does anyone know of a venue that we can use to meet and figure out how to organize protests along Clark/Halsted/Southport (major bar areas and maybe get the bar owners to take responsibility for their patrons safety by hiring more security), Wrigley and Ann Sather. No more just complaining on blogs. If we can find a venue, I'd be happy (and I'm sure others would be as well) to get the first meeting scheduled.

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    7. To the person asking for a venue to hold meetings: The Center on Halsted was supposedly built as a safe, secure meeting place in the neighborhood. Schedule a meeting there.

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    8. Ann Sather Catering has private rooms available Monday – Friday from 7:00 am – 4:00 pm, and the Belmont location is available for evening events of 50 or more.The Center on Halsted is 40% funded by taxpayers. Therefore, it should be utilized by taxpayers for meetings concerning neighborhood safety. In addition, there are many other places in the neighborhood that could host meetings, such as the churches that house the Crib and the Broadway Youth Center. Also, the Broadway United Methodist Church has meeting rooms. Also, the 19th Precinct hosts CAPS meetings, so they should be willing to host a neighborhood safety meeting.

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  3. It is just a matter of time before another person is shot and maybe dies. Tunny and Cappelman need to man up or resign!

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    1. I'm afraid that there will be a tipping point where the neighborhood is unable to recover. I hope not, but it's getting worse, not better.

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  4. Oh it's just "gang related" so nothing to worry about here folks. Just carry on and make your rent/mortgage/tax payments on time, be "aware of your surroundings", don't look them in the eye or "exchange words" with them...... and everything will be fine.

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    1. Please don't forget to do as your alderman does -- Constructively Loiter. That's a winner.

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    2. holy shit. hit the nail right on the head here.

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  5. I hope this isn't a duplicate posting since I pushed "publish" and it just cleared my comment. Anyway, I totally agree with others that commenting on this blog is going to do nothing to change the situation. CWB does a wonderful job in letting us know what is going on in our area -- it is our responsibility to take that information and do something about it because we are not going to get police resources. I'm all for demonstrating outside Ann Sather or Wrigley Field and letting our elected officials know that we're not just going to sit back and wait for Lakeview become a haven for gang bangers and thugs who come up the red line knowing that we're easy pickings to be robbed. How do we organize and get this started?

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    1. ^ Rinse, lather, repeat from the past 6 years. I'm no activist by any means but when I was a lowly renter in Lakeview East way back then I would have happily joined an organized march.

      What are you people going to do? The world is watching. Myself, from another state now.

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    2. I agree. We need to march and keep up the pressure until something is done to restore our police to the levels they were before the merge. We need to be loud and consistent.

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  6. If a few people are able to successfully appeal their tax assessments citing an increase in crime as driving down the property value I'll be they start paying attention.

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    1. You can't win a tax assessment appeal when the "condo" you bought for $375,000 won't appraise for more than $305,000 for a refinance. I know those people personally. Good luck.

      I'm sitting here feeling like a heel for living with a friend temporarily in another state but thank whoever there is above that I was smart enough to never buy a home there. Those prices in 2006 were beyond comical and I wasn't even aware of the housing market there.

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  7. Shhhhhh, don't tell Time Out Chicago what's taking place in our overly safe neighborhood.

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    1. Or Crib Chatter. Or USAToday. Or Windy Rainblow Media. Or Tourist Times. Or New Trendy Restaurants Gazelle. Or The Suburbanite Sentinel. Or.....

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  8. Since Rahm thinks Chicago is so safe, why is he surrounded by an army of body guards? He should be walking our streets at night along with Tunney to see how long they last without protection, like they force the rest of us to do.

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    1. Maybe that where Tunney's idea for Private Security comes from.
      "Works for Rahm....should work for you too....right?"

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    2. His kid did that. How'd that work out for him?

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  9. NBC 5 news at 10pm on Labor Day carried a 15 sec story about "northside" robberies. No real details but flashed a map that showed 3 (THREE) robberies plotted with two in Lakeview and one in Roscoe Village. No interviews with residents or business owners, no discussion about shortage in police staffing, not even a quote from the CPD. So "yea" it made the broadcast media, but with only a tiny fraction of the story. Thanks CWB for being a true source of news about our neighborhood.

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  10. For those interested in forming a quasi movement, and wanting to come up with a hashtag, what about these? I sort of like the first one:
    #ourlakeview
    #lakeviewproud
    #lakeviewstrong
    #safeagain

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    1. #takebacklakeview?

      I am so sick of hearing people talk about running to the suburbs. The only certain way our neighborhood will go to hell is if we abandon it.

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    2. I love #takebacklakeview !

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    3. In the old days, Vinny and Carmine would solve the problem with baseball bats. That doesn't happen any more, so the only option is the suburbs.

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  11. That's what I've been waiting for. NOW will you all get off the computer and start visiting Tunneys office and inundating his email box, Facebook page?

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  12. Unlike so many other neighborhoods in this city, we actually have a chance to fight this. We have resources and are an economic base so if we make noise something could happen. Why is everyone so complacent?

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    1. Because no one wants to. No one wants the responsibilities of organizing. I did my thing over a year ago - its time for some others to step :)

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