Saturday, October 10, 2015

VIDEO: Shots Fired Today Near Lincoln Park Club—But Cops Say Nobody Saw Anything!

UPDATE: Police made an arrest 25 minutes after the shooting.

The suspect was back on the streets in less than 8 hours.

Our follow-up report is HERE.
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Video has emerged showing at least five gunshots fired on a busy stretch of Halsted Street in Lincoln Park overnight during a brawl that witnesses said started near a nearby reggae club.

Quick link to video HERE.


Incredibly, the gunfire played out at the exact moment that the 19th police district was conducting a politically-ordered outdoor roll call of the overnight shift's officers just three blocks away.

But, when police arrived, officers said they initially could not find a single witness who heard or saw any sort of gunplay.

Calls poured into 911 beginning at 2:04AM to report shots fired in the area of Halsted and Wrightwood. Two of the callers said the gun play began near the Wild Hare nightclub at 2610 N. Halsted.

Video posted moments ago on YouTube shows shots being fired outside of 2622 N Halsted Street.

Last night's 911 callers reported a short black female dressed in all black as well as a short black female in a black and white dress as being participants. Another caller said a black male in a graphic t-shirt with a white background and black sleeves fired 5 shots.

Yet, incredibly, police said they talked to several people who claimed to have been in the area for "five or ten minutes" and no one had heard or seen anything unusual.

According to 911 callers, the people who were involved in the shooting fled southbound in a gray Infiniti.

Where Were The Cops?

The overnight "roll call" is seen in Ald. Tom Tunney's Oct. 2 newsletter.
Shots are fired over the course of two minutes in the video, so the question naturally arises: Where were the cops?

The answer is remarkable: All available on-duty officers in the 19th district were supposed to be at a politically-motivated "outdoor roll call" just three blocks away at Sheffield and Diversey.

The 2AM roll call is one in a series of such theatrics that have played out over recent weeks as local aldermen felt pressure from constituents due to rising robbery and other violent crime rates.

Boystown Alderman Tom Tunney and Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith, whose office is located one block from the shooting scene, have frequently relied on resource-sapping "outdoor roll calls" to give passers-by the impression that there are a lot of police around.

Many CWB readers have expressed doubt about the wisdom of having all available police officers lined up at a pre-announced specific time and specific place.

And any notion that the "outdoor roll call" PR gimmick is an effective crime deterrent should be neutralized by this video.

Image: YouTube
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28 comments:

  1. The young thugs weren't intimidated by the outdoor roll call....... LOLOLOL See Tunney!! Your BS is all smoke and mirrors.

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  2. Outdoor roll call is comical and insulting. Based on staffing levels for 019 - isn't that like 30% of the officers on hand?

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  3. "Crime is down!" -T. Tunneys, 2013-2016. These outdoor roll calls are nothing more than mental/visual masturbation.

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  4. No one saw or heard anything! That is why the south side has become a killing field.

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  5. I'm actually glad this happened. No one was hurt, yet we all benefit from seeing Tunney's idiotic plan fail.

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  6. That video is very scary - actually makes the drunken idiots around Wrigleyville look tame. I guess it’s good the Wild Hare moved out of Wriglyville, hello Lincoln Park. the1stmikec

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  7. Literally across the street from Michelle Smith's office...

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  8. Isn't that pretty near Edwardo's Natural Pizza ? I always ate there when I visited (past tense) the area.

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  9. Long time residents spent a lot of time organizing (successfully) against the granting of an entertainment license for the Wild Hare. They had a bad reputation in Wrigleyville and there were many police reports of violence related to the establishment. The neighbors were labeled "racist" by the media. After many years of legal wrangling, with no notice, Rahm saw to it that the license was granted and the Wild Hare publicly thanked their many "friends" in City Hall. Most believe the alderman (Smith) knew about it. The Chicago government does not care about the well being of it's residents at any level.

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  10. Too bad they weren't caught, but no one heard a thing. And such nice ladies and gentlemen too.

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  11. Okay I keep seeing Tunny, Tunny, Tunny in this thread. I realize the guy is a joke but this his was in Lincoln Park, Michele Smith's ward. This is my neighborhood, I recognize the Home Depot and Guitar Center across the street. Trash has been coming into Lakeview for awhile but it's happening to Lincoln Park now too. I've noticed it, I've been saying it, and now gunshots just blocks from my home. Great.

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  12. It was only a matter of time. The neighborhood fought this problematic bar but money talks and someone in city government O.K.d their license anyway. This will happen again. Don't blame the police, blame our crooked government. The police are undermanned. Thanks to the brave neighbor who videoed this.

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  13. What shocks me how long it went on for. you would think they would run off jump in a car get out of there. Obviously they know we have no police on the north side. How's the sideshow working out for you Tunney....LOL!!... Truly unreal.

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  14. These Outdoor Roll Calls are a joke and a waste of time!

    Tunney NEEDS to go to the unemployment line A.S.A.P.!

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  15. Check your sources an arrest was made and the incident was reported in the 19th district

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  16. Shouldn't be too tough to check security cameras in the area...they're shouting out the girl's first name at least...and you've got the guys' cars in clear view....hopefully the detectives can put 2 and 2 together to get the crazies off the streets.

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  17. Thank you very much for the very brave person who video'ed this. No witnesses, fine, but there's video proof of what happened. Can't discount that. Thank you, whoever you are. Your actions are laudable.

    As far as Tunney needing to go to the unemployment line ASAP, he JUST got RE-ELECTED by a large margin for another 4 year term. So go ahead and bitch, but we're stuck with him until 2019 thanks to the gigantic amount of uninformed or uncaring voters in the 44th ward. I've tried to make them informed for the last couple of years and gotten NOWHERE. Why don't you try now?

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  18. I have no words.

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  19. That's a starter gun or blanks; no way she didn't take out anything from that range

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  20. 'Nobody saw nuffin.' Yet, people and cars drove by.
    That's the reason these jerks get away with murder.

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  21. Thanks to the person who filmed this. Can you imagine dropping more than a quarter of a million on a condo to wake up to this? This is rediculous and almost beyond belief at this point. This is a very scary video.

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  22. More video the tourism office can use

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  23. Wow that is such bullshit no police respond for that amount of time while this savage woman keeps shooting???
    Did they even catch her and charge her with attempt murder?
    Look at all the calls and you can't get the police to help you, no wonder all this crime is happening here.

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  24. Congrats Lakeview/Lincoln Park, you made it on WorldstarHipHop too!

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  25. I had to watch the video multiple times to even take in what I was seeing. The girl in the black and white skirt, although she screamed F-U to her two friends, bravely tried to block the shooter a couple of times, by putting her hands down. I guess the guy was just holding her. I am in disbelief. This happens all over the city, it's not recorded though. I am glad the guy took the video. It is hard to deny footage.

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  26. So now that we have all seen the video... have the cops? In one quick frame, you can see the gun in the hand and the quick blue glow of the discharge. Congrats on your nightclub, neighborhood. Looks like a great place for local residents to unwind after a long work week.

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  27. Discussions regarding the Wild Hare's neighborliness (or lack thereof) should be directed to other forums. CWB Chicago will not publish further comments on the topic.

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  28. There is a new city ordinance that provides the Chicago Police Superintendent with the power to shut down problem bars (see article below). This ordnance was recently used to shut down the Dolphin a few months ago. I would hope the Superintendent would immediately use this power to shut down the Wild Hare given its checkered history of violence. But I would implore all Lakeview and Lincoln Park residents to contact Michelle Smith office to ask her to pressure the police to act if they won't make the obvious and right choice immediately.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150508/bucktown/city-empowers-police-superintendent-swiftly-shut-down-problem-bars

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