Sunday, January 01, 2017

UPTOWN FLUNK: Double-Shooting Claims 2017's First Two Homicide Victims


UPDATE 6:09PM:  CWB Chicago has been told credibly, but not yet confirmed, that no firearms were recovered from the shooting scene, potentially raising further questions about Ald. James Cappleman's cut-and-dried statement that two men simply shot each other to death in a disagreement. Police say it is not uncommon for witnesses or family members to pick up firearms at shooting scenes.

UPDATE 6:10PM: Police now say the second, unidentified victim was 25-years-old.

UPDATE JANUARY 2, 6:48AM: Police have identified the first victim. Story and reactions HERE.

Our original report follows.
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Chicago’s first two homicide victims of 2017 were shot to death in an Uptown “restaurant,” less than five hours into the new year.

The two “shot each other during a dispute,” according to 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman. But the story seems a little more complex than that.

A string of callers dialed 911 just before 4:30 a.m. to report shots fired in the “bar area” of Iyanze Bolat West African Cuisine, 4623 N. Broadway.

Witnesses saw a dozen people running from the scene.

A 38-year-old man who was shot once in the chest and three times in the leg was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The man listed an address in suburban Des Plaines in a police report last year, according to a source. CWB Chicago is withholding the man’s name.

Passers-by reported seeing a large group of grieving family members running toward the ambulance that carried the 38-year-old away.

The second man was shot eight times in his right side, police said. Cops were handling his case as a “John Doe” until he can be positively identified. He is believed to be in his late 30’s.

Minutes after the shooting, another burst of callers reported shots fired on the street in the 1100 block of West Leland, about a block from the restaurant. Witnesses saw a black man in a mustard-colored shirt fire the shots. Police recovered 6 shell casings from the Leland sidewalk, but no one was taken into custody.

Remarkably, ten  14 other people managed to get shot in Chicago before the Uptown incident, according to the trackers at HeyJackass.com

And, they say, the Uptown case was the city's third incident with multiple shooting victims in 2017.
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18 comments:

  1. We're fucked. The numbers will top 1000 in 2017.

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    1. You're only fucked if you live in the wrong neighborhood. Uptown has its good and bad spots, but if you want to stay safe, move to Andersonville and stay away from the lakefront.

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    2. Yeah, so what's the point? I lived in Andersonville to enjoy the lakefront but the last 2 blocks next to the water were the worst to cross. Again, every place else (probably on this EARTH), the real estate is more valuable the closer to the waterfront but then again Chicago is backwards in a 1,001 ways.

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  2. Mr Social Work posts it on Twitter!
    ....there's leadership for ya'!

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  3. Note that the firearms of the deceased Mutual Combatants were not recovered. Keep that in mind next time there is a shooting of an "Unarmed" teen by police. Believe it or not, many of the kind citizens present at these situations will steal firearms at the scene. Nothing personal.

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  4. Did Cappleman post pictures of baked goods on FB at midnight or something?

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  5. Why did you put "restaurant" in quotes? It looks like a restaurant to me.

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    1. Maybe the pool tables in the front window.

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    2. You eat at a lot of restaurants that are open at 4:30 a.m.?

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    3. At least used to be a pretty good restaurant. I think it was open all night for the New Year holiday, they're not normally open at that time.

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    4. Because as the patrons put it they ran out the "club" past his body. A club and a restaurant are not the same. City inspectors where are you???

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  6. I eat there everyday. I live just blocks away. This is a Nigerian restaurant with peaceful people coming and going everyday. I was closing work around 5 am, on my way home, I saw police emergency lights at the corner of leland and broadway. I was too tired to go and investigate. I latee read about it online and I called the owner immediately. He is my very close friend. We hungup alot.

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    1. hope your friend will get this straightened out and be ok.

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    2. Thanks for your candor. Please update us on what really "mattered" in this case. Inquiring minds want to know. Thanks.

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    3. Hope it's better than that Ghanaian place at Wilson and Magnolia. Expensive and the meat was full of bones.

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    4. I was going there for the party thank GOD I changed my mind...Rip to ones lost there life..Prayers Go out to the family...

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  7. Note that the firearms of the deceased Mutual Combatants were not recovered. Keep that in mind next time there is a shooting of an "Unarmed" teen by police. Believe it or not, many of the kind citizens present at these situations will steal firearms at the scene. Nothing personal

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    exactly! I'm assuming you're a cop as well. I wrote a similar post about how this happens and also how they steal shell casings. I remember one time they were so bold as to dump a bunch of spent shell casings on a squad car's windshield that was used for outer perimeter crime scene tape tie-down. Threat maybe? This was years ago and the level of boldness has only soared. I wish we could bring people with us on ride alongs to experience shootings and how aggressive people are with the police on the south and west side. It would open a lot of eyes and cameras don't even come close to how things look and feel in real life.

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