Saturday, August 27, 2016

Uptown Gangbangers Kill *Another* Innocent Bystander

A bystander administers first aid in an attempt to save Friday's shooting victim in Uptown. (Nathaniel Marshall)
A 55-year-old man was shot dead on Uptown's bustling Wilson Avenue yesterday evening—the second unintended victim of daytime gang gunfire within a single city block this month. No one is in custody.

Investigators believe a member of the Conservative Vice Lords street gang was the intended target of the 6:15PM shooting, which unfolded on a sidewalk in front of 909 W. Wilson.

Photo: @UptownChicagoRock1
Instead, one of the bullets struck a bystander in his left ribcage and killed him.

A source identified the victim as Robert Kraft. A passer-by believed Kraft to be homeless, but a reader identifying themselves as Kraft's ex-wife said that was not the case.

31-year-old Nathaniel Marshall captured unsettling video as a bystander and then Chicago Fire Department paramedics tried to save Kraft.

Facebook removed Marshall's videos and we have re-posted them to YouTube with his permission. (Video one  • Video two).

“I grew up in Uptown,” Marshall told us last night. “I don't feel safe at all. I want to move away.”

Second Innocent Killed

Earlier this month, a 57-year-old grandmother was shot in the chest and killed by errant gang gunfire less than a block from where Kraft was gunned down.

Penny Gearhart was standing outside of 4535 N. Sheridan at 3:20PM on August 3 when a drive-by shooter opened fire. She died moments later. A 58-year-old man who was with Gearhart was also shot.

Gearhart’s murder, like 79% of all killings in Chicago this year, remains unsolved.
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41 comments:

  1. An easy 1.5 mile stroll over to the mayor's house from here. Nice!

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    1. Any you think he gives a rats ass about any of this? ? ?

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    2. Mayor doesn't care. Alderman doesn't care. In fact, this is perfect. The simmering crime only helps one group; those in power.

      Get a handgun, get your CC endorsement (because you can bet that the State will come down on YOU like a ton of bricks if you don't have one and get caught with a firearm. Don't worry about how ironic that is.) Learn to use it, and carry every single day.

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    3. This makes my blood boil! Robert (Bobby) Kraft was NOT homeless. He was an innocent person who loved to take walks. He had just recently moved to this area 3 weeks ago. And he was my ex husband. I knew him better than anyone. He was kind and had a good heart. We remained friends as best we could considering I had moved to a different state. He did not deserve to be murdered by a bunch of gang bangers who will never see jail for this senseless violent act. Because he wasn't important enough. It is now my and my fiancée responsibilitie to raise money for his funeral expenses. It's something we want to do. He will be cremated given a memorial service and most likely his remains will be brought back with us for his burial and headstone. Somebody needs to stop these senseless murders in Chicago. 💔😔

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    4. I am so sorry for your loss. I donated to your gofundme page.

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  2. The murderous, racist police strike again!!!

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    1. That's am idiotic comment. If it wasn't for the Police who put their life on the line every day, this city would be even worse off. People need to wake up and start defending themselves from the gangbangers who are having a field day out there. Support the 2nd Ammendment and protect yourself.

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  3. Tragic. Grateful to the bystander for helping. Someone cared.

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  4. After 17 wonderful and safe years in Chicago, I begrudgingly left in 2007 for a job transfer to TX. My accent gives my transplant status away, so I am often asked where I'm from. I loath the question. The reaction is always the same: wide eyed stare and then something along the lines of, "Wow, isn't that place really dangerous?" The national perception of Chicago is no different than that of Baltimore, Philly and, to many, Detroit. I have read this blog since its inception and have read countless comments, mostly along the lines of, "something needs to be done." The comments make me question if my former North Side family realizes that nothing will be done anytime soon- if ever. Chicago's murder rate is the only thing that your politicians have any concern over. And the higher it gets, the less important you become. Innocent people being punched in the face and robbed is not even on the political radar. Unless you can, by some miracle, bring national attention (and outrage) to your plight, or unless a sizable North Side flight begins, sadly, I expect to be reading these same comments for years to come.

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    1. I as well I've often had the question ask where I'm from and people literally looked frightened once I say Chicago. My Condo's are on the market hopefully they sell soon then goodbye Illinois. And yes I was born and raised in Chicago Northside and Westside never seen anything like it is now your not safe anywhere in the city.

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    2. Never seen anything like it before because of Cook County Justice system, ruled by Periwinkle and Dart.

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  5. I blame corrupt politicians and gullible voters.

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    1. Those are safe things to blame. Why not start blaming the people doing it?

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    2. The politicians and the corrupt judicial system allow this to happen...

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    3. Nobody allows murders to happen but the guideless souls themselves...how can you blame someone else other than the people responsible? SMH...

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  6. The murdered man, Robert Kraft was my sisters ex husband. He was a kind soul. He did not deserve to die like this. Hillary Clinton- read this article- people ARE afraid to walk in their neighborhoods. Trump is right. We need law and order in these fractured cities!!Ginny Webb

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    1. Condolences to your family.
      Very very sad!!

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    2. Ginny, thank you for writing.
      It is far far too easy to dismiss those who get caught in the crossfire as somehow guilty....as if they failed to do something....failed to lead a life on the straight and narrow.
      No indeed, he did not deserve to die like that. I'm sorry it happened. And I'm sorry that too few people take it seriously.
      Again, thank you for writing this.

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    3. We are trying to get a hold of someone who knew this man. Can you please call WGN news...773-883-3203

      thank you

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  7. "gun violence".

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    1. "gang violence"

      Fixed!

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    2. Gangs with guns violence.
      --- Fixed for real.
      People shoot guns. Fact.
      But bullets don't come out of peoples' damn fingers, now do they?

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    3. Lol, good point about bullets not coming out of fingers.

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  8. Hey video the Police when they stop those hang bangers tho. Step up when and complain on the Police for violating the known gang members rights by telling them to leave the corner or stop walking around the block endlessly. You created this now you must change this. Speak up and stop hitting your keyboards

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  9. And it has been posted elsewhere he wasn't homeless...if that matters (how would a passerby know?)

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    1. Does it really matter if he was homeless or not he was an innocent man walking down the street... That was killed for no reason other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    2. "And it has been posted elsewhere he wasn't homeless."

      Source? We can't find that.

      "how would a passerby know?"

      By seeing him on the street every day.

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    3. It was posted in the comments of a dnainfo story: https://neighborhoodsquare.com/n/item/4omg?node_id=747520&_=1472351893604&prompt=bottom&node_id=747520

      "His name was Bobby Kraft. He was not "Homeless"! He was formerly married to my fiancé, Annie. The gangbangers can all rot in hell, but I don't think the Devil even wants those POS, no good losers! Let them all be hung up by their testicles, and left to die a horrific death!"

      That was posted before his name was published FWIW.

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    4. He says he wasn't 'homeless' but the poor guy was wandering around wearing a hospital bracelet and was sometimes crashing in a flophouse. I guess we are defining 'homeless' .

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  10. The politicians do not care. How many of them proclaimed to be against violence in the last election but have not said a word recently? The ideas are out there. Mandatory minimums for gun violence, period. Stop and frisk, random searches of vehicles. The amount of violence in Chicgo now makes these ideas common sense. But for whatever reason the politicians refuse to even discuss this. Shameful and disgraceful.

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    1. Mandatory sentencing is legal.
      Stop and frisk, random vehicle searches are not. IVth Amendment.
      This is quite well established. Neither politicians nor the police should be blamed for failing to impose such means.
      Agree about the unreal violence in this (and other) cities though.

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  11. While not necessarily in Tunney's Ward, his most recent re-election despite his continued incompetency demonstrated towards addressing the crime in the area is proof that the electorate is either too dumb, stupid, or lazy to hold those in office accountable. And making matters worse, the police are neutered thanks to the false narrative that they are all a bunch of racists rendering them incapable of manhandling even the lowest scum of the earth that happens to resist arrest. Things will not get any better any time soon, and in the interim the bodies of innocent bystanders will pile up.

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    1. 11:28 a.m. This comment is so spot on. How anyone can fall for this false narrative is beyond comprehension. 2 murders a day on average with not a peep.

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  12. Anyone else been having a run-in with the driver of a matted black Ford Expedition 2007 Kentucky plates 155 MBP, driving around Buena Park, particularly on Kenmore Ave. near St. Mary's Catholic Church. I first noticed him driving up and down, then idling for hours. He looks like a skeletal meth head. For the past week he's made a habit of parking his truck directly in front of the fire hydrant next to the church play lot all day long. Officials, including the church which now has school in session, doesn't seem to care. But there's something wrong with him and his flagrant disregard of parking laws. And Kenmore has MORE than its share of open spaces.

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    1. Have you called 911?

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  13. His ex-wife is trying to give him a proper burial.

    https://www.gofundme.com/2m9xnwks

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  14. This is infuriating. And even more infuriating are these idiotic "Town Hall" events like the one held on ESPN to blather on about the "complicated" problems of community and police relations in Chicago. What a total crock. The gun violence problem in Chicago is NOT complicated -- it's a GANG problem, period. Gang members are protected by their community, the community rarely cooperates with police, many activists and media hacks are essentially aiding and abetting the gangs by their excuses and justifications for or outright denials of gang membership every time one of these thugs gets arrested, and worst of all, these gang punks are usually given slaps on the wrist by prosecutors and the courts, if anything, and are sent right back out on the street to commit more gun violence. It's gotten to the point where it's beyond outrageous.

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    1. And when caught rarely sentenced to prbabtion. Three strikes... More like 7 strikes and we will revoke your probation for a few years.

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  15. If the community rarely cooperates, it's out of fear of repercussions.

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  16. ....not entirely.
    Chicago (and L.A., 'gang centers') have a special breed of problem. About 50% of gun homicides are gang-related. The stats are, admittedly, lousy. But 50% seems at least pretty close. It's unlikely to be 30% or 80%.
    https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/Survey-Analysis/Measuring-the-Extent-of-Gang-Problems
    Still, I'll agree that our precious elected officials are doing a shit job either admitting the problem or dealing with it. CHI & LA numbers are quite different from the national figures. So, we likely need different approaches to deal with the issue.

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