Monday, December 14, 2015

UPDATE: Man Charged In Wrigleyville Gun Battle

Banks (Chicago Police Department)
A 19-year-old Evanston man is charged with one felony count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with Sunday morning’s gun battle in Wrigleyville. It is the second time the man has faced firearms charges this year.

Ralph Banks was arrested by police who pursued him from the shooting scene on foot. He was taken into custody near the Wrigleyville McDonald’s drive-thru minutes after dozens of shots were fired near Patterson and Racine.

A .40 caliber loaded handgun was also recovered, according to police.

In January, Banks was charged with aggravated use of a loaded firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, possession of ammunition, two counts of resisting police, and one count of reckless conduct in connection with an incident in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, police records show.

In other developments regarding the gunfight:

Map indicating known locations where guns were recovered by police.
• Police are examining residential surveillance systems that captured some of the gunfight on video.

• The Dodge Charger that fled the scene and was soon abandoned in the 1400 block of W. Montrose had been stolen from a couple in Evanston.

• The shootout is believed to be part of an increasingly violent conflict between splinter groups that have broken away from established Chicago gangs such as the Gangster Disciples.

• These splinter groups, with innocuous names like Day Day World, Pooh Bear Gang, Loyalty Over Cash, and GetRich, are re-drawing old alliances and reigniting old rivalries according to law enforcement.

• Whereas established street gangs often used violence to claim new territories or as enforcement, the new groups often act out after they feel “dissed” by the content of an online music video or a taunt on social media.

• Following the Wrigleyville shootout, police supervisors have ordered officers to conduct a “post-shooting mission” in the Uptown neighborhood and along Howard Street in Rogers Park in anticipation of retaliatory strikes by rival gang factions.

• A CWB Chicago source reported that three guns were recovered in separate locations along the 1100 block of W. Patterson Avenue after the shooting. A detective who was canvassing the area told a neighbor that four weapons were found.

• One person who fled the scene was taken into custody near the Wrigleyville McDonald’s drive-thru by an officer who pursued him on foot.
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42 comments:

  1. Did the shooters have their FOID cards and CCL's that the politicians passed to stop "gun violence"? I'm guessing at a minimum these misunderstood youths had their NRA membership cards. Maybe tougher gun laws would help. Sure a criminal may have no problem breakinhg the law against assault or murder, but another law would help. . Were these shooters on the mystery no-fly list? That may have stopped this as well.

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    1. I cannot tell whether this post is supposed to be sarcasm or serious. To people who think making sarcastic posts are funny or informative or clear in describing what you are thinking, please stop and just post what you really think. This is a serious issue and deserves serious discussion and actions.

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    2. I completely agree with the poster who commented on the rash of sarcasm-based comments that are virtually indecipherable. I have come to hate sarcastic people so much that I have embarked on a process of ridding my life of them. After giving them a warning that their sarcasm has reached intolerable proportions, if they do not change I do not return their phone calls, I delete their messages and refuse to socialize with them. The only thing more annoying than someone who consistently uses "sarcastic speech" is someone who makes sarcastic posts on blogs. The original poster in this thread is the type of person who I want out of my life.

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    3. It's not that serious. It happens several times a week, 52 weeks a year in Chicago. Serious would be if it happened once every few years. It's just normal now. If you hear gun fire, drop for cover. Once it stops, brush yourself off and move along.

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    4. The OP is both clear and funny.

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    5. I understood the post entirely and agree.

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  2. I'm sure those guns will be traced back to the illegal gun factory in the sky and not to whoever bought and sold them to thugs.

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  3. Dissed by music videos?
    So what you're saying is that we're dealing with millennial gang bangers here? Fabulous.

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    1. To be fair, Millennials don't know what a ''music video" is. These are rap videos.

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    2. Yes, their feelings get hurt by words so they decide to shoot at each other. This is what is happening believe it or not. It's not about drug $ or territory it's about cry babies with guns

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    3. When I worked at the Cook County Public Defenders Office, it was extremely common to view a videotaped confession where the murderer admitted, "We were shooting dice. He won and then he laughed at me, so I shot him."

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  4. Given the current media environment, I'm stunned that not one but two cops were brave enough to fire their weapons on duty. I wouldn't if I were them.

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    1. Thank God we still have some cops with balls and that you are not a cop.

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    2. No joke, god forbid they shoot this honor student from Evanston, the son of college professors no doubt.

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    3. We have mostly great cops in this city, but if you don't believe that they are holding back due to the Obama/Emanuel "war on cops", then you're kidding yourself.

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  5. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1173261/black-aldermen-balk-911-backups-neighborhoods

    Emergency: Call Tunney, call Rahm's office, now they're threatening to take the officers we have left:

    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1173261/black-aldermen-balk-911-backups-neighborhoods

    Predominantly African-American neighborhoods on the South Side face such a chronic overload of 911 calls the Chicago Police Department frequently has been unable to respond to many calls in those areas, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

    Black aldermen have called on the police department to assign more officers to handle 911 calls in their neighborhoods. Aldermen representing North Side neighborhoods have balked, though, at the prospect of losing cops in their districts.

    In an emotional address to the City Council last week, Emanuel promised a top-to-bottom overhaul of the police department to deliver the same level of services to all Chicago neighborhoods. Beale is challenging the mayor to put a reallocation of police manpower behind those words.

    19th still shows up as a "low" RAP district, which leaves us exposed further cuts. Tunney did have our back in the press quotes, but talk is not enough.

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  6. Gotta love it how the media is more worried about the property damaged and not the actual crime that was committed here. #mediasucks keep up the great work cwb!

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  7. Sounds like the thugs are as easily offended these days as college students. Maybe gangbangers should find their safe spaces where they won't get easily triggered.

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    1. They already found their safe space...it's called the Center on Halsted.

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  8. The brother takes the rapper all the way back up to Evanston hospital instead of Masonic, St. Joe's or Thorek...and the car was stolen in Evanston. hmmm.

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  9. Um, RICO anyone? By definition, these are criminal gangs, and they are engaged in organized criminal enterprises. Long past time for another joint state-federal round-up of the gangs. Maybe a nice spring house-cleaning of the North Side? Sweep all the gang vermin directly into Statesville in one fell swoop.

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  10. Loyalty Over Cash or Get Rich. Decisions Decisions.

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  11. Why in the world was this idiot out in the streets after all those other offenses? Insane.

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    1. He was out on the street for the same reason that Tunney is still an Alderpuppet: ignorant voters.

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  12. It was only just second gun arrest this year, the way this city works he's probably back out on our streets again..

    Funny how these things don't happen in the suburbs 👍

    Great job Chicago

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    1. for all the Gun Control talk from Rahm etc., how about controlling this guy with 20 plus years? Some pathetic cook county judge will accept anita's plea for time served and this jerk will be out again. Three strikes and your out only applies to baseball at Wrigley, not the shooters outside. They get to shoot real guns and no out for them.

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  13. They're calling this isolated. There have been turf wars on the Lakeview beach all summer and this is the second gang battle near Wrigley that I'm aware of this year. It's escalating and I'm afraid our neighborhood is going to be the next big gang territory due to a lack of protection. If we lose police, Lakeview will fall quickly and the gangs will move in full force. We'll have drug wars and gang shootouts here as an everyday thing. What am I paying extra taxes for? Empty promises and lies? They need to take care of this before it spins out of control. I believe the crime this summer was just them testing the waters. Now they know exactly how quickly police respond and how to deplete the force. We're sitting ducks.

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  14. I am looking into this . . . . and will work with the Commander to get things solved. Care for a cinnamon bun ?

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  15. Nice smile, bruh

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  16. This is a HUGE shout out and a thank you to every officer who pursued these subjects.
    THANK YOU indeed For defying all of the 'go fetal' Neanderthals who endlessly populate SCC. They'll take down every good cop in the city faster than Daley and Rahm ever could.
    Thanks for a good job here.
    Wish we could say the same for the judiciary, the mayor, legislature or (God forbid) the city council.

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    1. well said, I second this.

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  17. The Tribune says this is the guy who showed up at the hospital but you're saying he was arrested at the scene? What's up with that?

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    1. We can only be responsible for our own reporting. But, this will shock many people when we say it: the Chicago Tribune made a mistake.

      We know exactly who the man is that arrived at St. Francis in Evanston. He's 26 and his hair style is nothing like Mr. Banks'.

      You'll also notice that the Tribune contradicts itself within the story, saying both
      (1) "He was pursued by responding officers and was arrested without incident, police said."
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      (2) "Police said Banks showed up at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston with a gunshot wound."

      Our reporting is correct.

      Thank you for asking, though!

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    2. Relax Francis, the guy that went to the hospital hasn't been arrested the guy that got arrested was after he ran from police and got caught it's not that hard to figure out

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  18. In case anyone is wondering why this gangbanger bs continues to plague chicago, he served 6 months for a f#@$@ crime that carries 5 year minimum sentence on the federal level.

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  19. I trust CWB's reporting much more than the Trib's

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  20. People better lighten up. You won't servive in this city without a sense of humor, and, yes, sarcasm is part of it. So there.

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    1. When Karma kicks in and YOU are the next victim of this senseless violence, we will all be sure to "lighten up" and joke about what happened to you and pepper it with insipid sarcasm.

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  21. I hope the ongoing investigation will result in more arrests. With the number of guns found, I hope there are more arrests forthcoming. These actions tear at the fabric of our community and should be treated as threats to the way we live our daily lives. The continuing trend of bigger and more brazen crime this year needs to be addressed aggressively by our states attorneys. No more probation or supervision. Mandatory minimums for firing a gun.

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