Friday, August 05, 2016

Friday: Double-shooting at Belmont and Sheffield overnight is gang-related

Police and EMS on the scene moments after this morning's shooting at Belmont and Sheffield (Image: CWB reader)

Two victims are in good condition after being shot Friday morning near Belmont and Sheffield. No one is in custody.

The incident, which took place 3 doors south of Alderman Tom Tunney’s office, is believed to be gang-related.

Occupants of an SUV were reportedly cruising the area and throwing up gang signs before about five shots rang out at 3211 N. Sheffield around 3:15AM.

The vehicle, described as a black older model Suburban or Tahoe with tinted windows, fled northbound on Sheffield.

The shooters are believed to be Latin King gang members.

Shot were a 16-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man. The teen was shot in the lower leg and was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center by ambulance.

The 25-year-old later showed up at Masonic on his own with a graze wound to the thigh.

Neither victim was co-operating with police, a source said.

On Monday, a 27-year-old man was critically wounded in an unrelated shooting two blocks west of this morning’s incident. Officials downplayed the incident as "not random."

Plenty of Cops?

Belmont and Sheffield is consistently one of the most crime-ridden corners on the North Side, yet neighbors' pleas to have increased police presence at the intersection have fallen on deaf ears.

At a CAPS meeting on Wednesday, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney told a room of 80 residents that “I’m at the Belmont [CTA] station every day of my life” and he claimed to have personally witnessed a large police presence in the area at 3:45 that very morning.

What the alderman apparently didn’t know is that the reason there were so many cops in the area at 3:45AM on Wednesday is that a woman had just been robbed nearby and officers were stopping two suspects.

The suspects were later released.

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77 comments:

  1. I live half a block away, heard the gunshots, what seemed like at least 10. This is steps from Tunney's office...... let me guess, he will say this is an isolated incident? There needs to be more police at that intersection or at the very least, outside the redline stop 24/7! That intersection is where MOST the crime in the area happens. Tunney....... when is enough enough?? Don't worry.......... I'll wait.............

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  2. Drive-by shootings in Lakeview. Enjoy your property tax increases everyone!

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  3. There's a camera at that intersection and apparently even that doesn't deter crime. Does it even work or capture footage? Maybe it's time to station a manned squad car at that intersection all night long.

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    1. more than half those cameras dont work

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    2. They can't station a car there all night long since they have 2 cars, each with 2 officers in them, not answering any radio calls, driving up and down Lake Shore Drive for 8 hours every night with their emergency lights on to deter the gang bangers from shooting each other along the lake front.

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  4. the belmont station is the breeding ground for this shit. police need to be stationed there at all times outside and have uniformed officers walking the platform 24/7. how difficult is that?

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    1. Even that won't be much use. A few weeks ago we were exiting the station around 1am and saw the short overweight mugger eventually getting tackled to the ground by the bouncers at Berlin (see CWB story on this guy)... I ran over to the two police stationed at the turnstiles who looked less than thrilled to be there... Yelled to them to run across the street as there is a fight going on and something is happening. They looked at me like I was nuts and blatantly dismissed my concern. I walked away disappointed but then saw an unmarked patrol car on Sheffield with its windows rolled down and I ran to it and asked the occupants if they were police and told them something is happening in front of Berlin and a guy was being pinned to the sidewalk. Thankfully these two zoomed over and called for backup and eventually an arrest was made. But these two cops stationed at the Belmont CTA station -- SHAME ON YOU BOTH for ignoring me and not taking me seriously. If there's camera footage going back that far, I invite the CPD and CTA to review it as you'll see me running to the officers who were casually relaxing and leaning up against the turnstiles at the south entrance and couldn't be bothered to respond.

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    2. Were they Chicago Police or the private security from Securitas? Be specific and know who you are talking to

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    3. @Anonymous - they were Chicago police in full CPD uniform and vest, identifiable with the CPD insignia.

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    4. Yawn. So dramatic. I'd ignore you too.

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  5. I could only wish the target of these criminals was Tunney then he would bring back over 100 police that he let go in 2011. Im quite sure Tunney has personal protection and is in home around 8 at night. Yea and the caps meting started out about us neighbors leaving the windows and unlocked doors, that some how we opened the door to criminals. The same old smoke and mirrors. Seems the neighbors want to be "nice" to Tunney in these meetings but the neighbors are "organizing" and dog walking. Criminals like these do NOT care what we "organize" or that we walk our dogs. Are you "organizing" and dog walking at 3:15 am. We need more police and we need them to check plates and investigate suspicious loitering, stop ignoring criminals loitering have them show their ID run it through to see of outstanding warrants

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    1. Who woulda thunk gays would have overcome only to be hopefully shot dead? Only in Chicago. Keep raising the bar!

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  6. I remember when I used to see a police presence at the Belmont stop 24/7...now I rarely do, and I too am there every day. Tunney is such a loser. And now Lake View is a new spot for gang hangouts? Wtf??

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    1. Lakeview is not a new spot for gang hangouts. I grew up in the city , went to Lakeview H.s.and I am in my late 30's. My dad is a CPD and Belmont and Sheffield is a well known gang neighborhood since I could ever remember. Every Chicago neighborhood has gangs. They have been their before all the yuppies moved in. That area is and has ALWYAS been a huge cash pot for selling drugs and that's why they fight .

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  7. 3:15 AM and a 16 year old shot. Curfew anyone?

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    1. I thought the same thing ! WHAT the heck is a 16yr old doing out at 3am ??

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    2. Selling drugs and stealing hubcaps. Uptown has officially come to Lakeview.

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  8. All lakeview residents should ban together and refuse to pay the property tax increase until this situation is resolved. A portion of our taxes go to public safety which we are not receiving the benefit of.

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    1. I did. I moved when the property tax increase was just a hint.

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    2. And the city made a plenty of cash when you moved. Don't worry, someone else will pay those same taxes.

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  9. And this is only Friday morning, folks. Let's see how many people are going into this weekend unaware that it will be their last.

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    1. This is a very powerful statement because it's 100% true. If Tunney had a spine and a brain, I wish he'd read this and maybe do some work to earn is $106K+ salary and at least attempt to keep us safe.

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    2. $106K
      PLUS benefits
      PLUS pension(s)
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      = a shit-ton more than $106K

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    3. And don't forget. All of that for what is only a part time job. Alderman are not full time city employees.

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  10. I have had the curfew talk with Tunney and many police and even when calling 911 for a gang of teens beating on cars screaming. They all say well they have the right to be out on the streets and we can not stop them because they will sue us. Total bs and that happened 2 blocks from my home.

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  11. If there are rival gangs operating on an extremely busy intersection, our Lakeview problem is much larger than we have been discussing. We have the folks who come from other neighborhoods to beat up residents and steal from them, and we now have gangs operating. I would assume fighting over drug sale turf. Not good.

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  12. the reason they dont stop it is becasue they want to contain the crime to this area vs letting it spread...that problem is overtime crime increases so much they cant contain it...remember three years ago they said all the iphone robberies were late at night in the ally and victims were drunks...well now we have gun point robberies at the wellington stop during the day..or last week a car jacking with a guy at 5pm at wrightwood and sheffield

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  13. One need not look far to see where the real police are being ordered to patrol: https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/08/one-district-two-cars.html

    THIS is what the folks downtown have them wasting their time doing.

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  14. All of these problems can be directly attributed to the merger of the 2 police districts. Everyone should be calling for smaller districts with realigned beats and manpower.

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    1. It actually traces back to the decay of our society in America, and the willingness of the politicians society votes for to have a carefree society by not properly jailing thugs and ignoring basic criminal violations like pot smoking that lead up to violence over time. Until society changes, it's only getting worse.

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    2. Free weed for everyone!

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  15. Maybe Tunney should walk down Belmont at night alone and see how safe he feels .. Then maybe he will understand where we are coming from ..

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  16. They are gonna start hiring gang banger security guards like they did on Halsted.

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  17. Tunney is clueless but this isn't new. It's our job to get out and vote when the time comes to elect someone fresh that can bring new ideas and won't keel over when Rahm looks at them.


    Neighbors in the area are clueless as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/triangleneighbors/permalink/1057483114346717/

    Some of us are a little whiny and believe that our mounted men and women in blue should use their time better.

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    1. The residents voted him back in last year with an overwhelming majority, so enjoy him. I'd bet my life savings that the residents will be gullible enough to vote him in once again next election. He's got a gravy train with our tax dollars so he's laughing all the way to the bank.

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  18. Why in the world is there not a constant - meaning, 24/7, PERMANENT - police presence at the Belmont train station and/or the Belmont/Sheffield intersection? Even put 1 or 2 unmanned cop cars out there as a show of force, just as they do in NYC.

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    1. The little park across from Tavern on Rush and Gibsons in the Viagra Triangle has a full police presence all summer long to visit with the locals sitting in the park. Why can't we have the same in an area that has been infested with crime for years? The Chicago and Grand Avenue stops on the Red Line also always have police presence.

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  19. NOT VOTING AGAIN FOR TUNNEY OR RAHM! They have become tiresome. With the high. former & new taxes, this is what we get?? SOMEONE else will do a much better job. Pathetic!!

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  20. LOL. They claim they were shot because they're gay. Tunney's office says one is a documented GD gamg member. http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/man-teen-shot-chicago-lakeview-389281612.html

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    1. Why in the world are Berlin and Big City Tap allowed to stay open past 2am?! Take away the late night drug abusers/club goers to prevent the loitering and crime attraction. While I avoid that area at all cost after 10pm now, last summer I couldn't walk through there without getting offered weed and coke on the regular. With that comes turf wars and violence. Start at the sources and shut those places down at 2am like every bar on Clark Street.

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    2. Sounds like Halsted Street in 2006. "I got some coke, got some weed. Got some coke, got some weed".

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  21. I'm waiting for some asshat to say it's the fault of Rosecrance. Wake up and elect a different alderman!

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    1. Like I sad at the CAPS meeting, we are allowing to many criminals to loiter in this neighborhood Tunney and police say well its their right to be on the streets even minors and if we ask them anything then they will sue us


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  22. Pair of Lime Green Speedos Stretched to the Breaking PointAug 5, 2016, 12:08:00 PM

    It's honestly unfortunate that my family and I will be moving to the north suburbs soon, on the anniversary of my 15th year in Chicago. I'd love nothing more than to still be here and band together with many of you when the next election approaches to show the greater Lakeview community what an ineffective, inept, and ignorant fool Tom Tunney is, and how his inaction has caused crime to flourish in Lakeview.

    Good luck my friends.

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  23. Agree real police work should deter crime before it happens. Run all the plates, look for suspicious cars, drive/bike alleys, etc. Also, no more hospital care for uncooperative victims/witnesses to crime. Ridiculous that we have to waste precious resources stitching up gang bangers to live to shoot or be shot another day. Need more police!

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    1. Why? So those proactive Police can lose everything and goto jail because someone's feelings are hurt? Sorry citizens those days are long gone. Enjoy what you have caused

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    2. Pretty sure you're preaching to the wrong crowd, Policeman. We here (and the majority of others) support you. While I understand it sucks for you now, please find other employment if you really intend to do nothing for the rest of your career because that will suck for us. We cannot afford cops with that attitude.
      Things absolutely need to change politically...no more nonsense of blaming the wrong people and letting criminals go free. But we need you as our ally not just one more enemy to contend with, through your passivity. You will lose our support if you do that.

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  24. Gangs hate other gangs, so sure, "hate crime" it is.

    For years it's been obvious that gangs and drugs have had a presence on this corner ... wasn't it just last summer that a giant graffiti sign for a gang that will not be named showed up outside the Tunney office sidewalk?

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  25. There was a high police presences last night. Both police and detective vehicles. The people in the car drove around and waited for an opportunity because not even two minutes after the last shot there where two squad cars on the street. It has nothing to do with the people out there that night. The Latino kings want to make the area part of there turf. So in order to make sure you have full control you move people you see who frequent the area. The people who were out side last night where not gang affiliated. They had no intended target that's why the random people got hit. And it wouldn't be much more to say about the incident consider the young one had just got off the train and the other back was turned. However everyone else gave as much information as they could.

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  26. They say that the car had tinted windows, In Illinois Any glass tinting on the front and side windows is prohibited, except when accompanied by a certification by a licensed physician stating that the driver’s medical condition would require it. So police have a right to stop any such vehicle and request the driver to show their certification.

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    1. Yeah well, your not supposed to pee on the CTA trains either but......

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    2. Brush up on your law...that was repealed in Chicago. Now full tints legal and we cannot stop a car for that reason anymore. Circa 2015. Limo tints aren't legal for front windows but there is a tint % measuring device, which Chicago never had nor ever will so if you stop cars and are wrong, enjoy your lawsuit.

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  27. I was 30 metres away from this incident at liquer store. Maybe 6 shots... police and ems on site very quickly. Never experienced anything like it. Hope the victims are ok.

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  28. Unfortunately Michelle Relerford from NBC5 in a race to report this quickly took a skewed soundbite from "one of the victim's friends" who claimed south side gays have no where to go and they (him and his friend who was shot) find this area to be safe so they come up here. He goes on to say he was targeted because....wait for it.....he was targeted because he was gay! Folks, this isn't a hate crime. He was targeted because he was a GANG MEMBER and this came from the city official statement out of Tunney's office. Not only do we have to deal with the politics and bs out of that office, now the media is twisting stuff around and reporting false info? Come on, Michelle, and other reporters. This isn't the issue. Why don't you interview residents now and correct your first-on-the-scene stories. Oh yes Michelle, the victims are such poor victims here and REFUSE to cooperate with the police. Really feel sorry for them now? It's a gang issue. Not a gay issue. Please do the right thing and correct your story, Michelle. Journalistic integrity. Do it. Please. It may actually save lives up here and get the mayor to give us more police patrols like we've been asking for.

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    1. Their report is wrong on virtually every point from motive to where the shooting happened to what transpired. This shooting was about gangs, not gays.

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    2. that guy works at broadway youth center. that explains why a 16 year old is on the street. they are out with a youth counselor!!!! gtfo!!!

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    3. Anything that feeds into the Left's narrative gets headlines. You think they care about the truth? Let's say the small chance it was anti-gay, as rare as that is they'll still run with the story as if its a national epidemic. Yet, interestingly, the Orlando Pulse massacre was buried within minutes after finding out who the culprit was. Again, goes against the narrative.

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    5. Once again your wrong. I don't know who you got your information from but the young man has and never has been apart of any gang

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    6. Which young man? Be specific. Keep in mind, honey, you don't have to be in a gang to be shot in a gang related shooting.

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  29. Haven't you heard? Policing is dead. Rahm killed it. Better arm yourself and don't put your trust in the police just happening to be right there.

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  30. I agree wholeheartedly with this post. The businesses on this corner are a large part of the problem. If our alderman was concerned about the quality of life in the neighborhood he would be using all of the levers of government to close them down. He simply does not care.

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  31. Theres at lease 7 dealers with in the two blocks from there. Wonder who's buying all the blow over there?

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  32. I was in a livery car at that corner on my way to the airport at 3:17am. I called 911. There were people arguing at that corner before 8 or 10 shots rang out. My driver said there was a police car parked at the Belmont Station, but we did not see officers (the car was behind us parked on the side of the road). I screamed at my driver to run the red light and get out of there. He did so and we saw people running onto Belmont from Sheffield. I was terrified. I had never heard gun shots so close to my actual location before.

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  33. Time to bring back the Bloody Belmont logo. Tunney can't even clean up his own front yard.

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  34. if the police are sitting there as Tunney says at the last night caps meeting then why was the shooter able to shoot and then get away

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    1. One might argue that police officers less than a block from multiple shots being fired would have heard the sound of gunfire, recognized it, and radioed about it. None did.

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    2. Like me, they don't give a fuck anymore about that area and it's people just like my dull gay ass.

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    3. What good would it have done with their colleagues under orders to drive up and down Lake Shore Drive?

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    4. Are you saying Tunney lied? 🤓

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  35. I was at the belmont station at 230 and there was a wagon parked at Belmont and Wilton.

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  36. If you read the blog Second City Cop, those who "protect & serve" are staying fetal. It's unofficially the Blue Flu Season.

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  37. The mayor and the aldermen are getting rich off this crime.
    When you are afraid to walk home or take the EL, you take Uber which is partially owned by Rahm's brother. And when each neighborhood hires private security guards, the security firms (many owned by the Aldermen) get richer.

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  38. I think it's important to point out that there are glbtq gang members. Sex orientation doesn't mean you are not a criminal. But the GLBT gang members come to Boystown to cause problems.

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  39. I work near belmont and sheffield at one of the businesses. There are RARELY cops sitting at the belmont red line at night. I leave work around 1am-2am everyday. If I see them around it is because they were called.

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    1. Lies!!! There are almost always police out especially at the cta... They sit there. A black make and female cop. I know because they harrass me all the time

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    2. No, not lies. CTA Cops look at you like you're crazy when you tell them something is happening in the street. They don't do anything. I've had to call 911 while staring them in the eye while they didn't move an inch. I was watching someone get jumped.
      I appreciate the timesupport I do see the cops rolling through the alley and surveying but does it happen every night all the time? Absolutely not.

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