Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shootout Near Lakefront Golf Course Stuns Duffers: "There was definitely a handgun and a shotgun and they fired back and forth," Cop Says

Sunday's shooting took place here, at the east end of the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course parking lot. | Google
A gang-related shootout on the lakefront left Lakeview golfers stunned, but nobody injured Sunday morning at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course parking lot, according to witness reports and police sources.

No one is in custody.

Gunfire between rival gang members erupted around 8:10 a.m. apparently after one man approached another and asked for his affiliation.

Multiple witnesses reported that one man fired a shotgun and the other fired a handgun in the conflict which unfolded at the east end of the parking lot. Shell casings were recovered at the scene.

A policeman on scene stated that “there was definitely a handgun and a shotgun and they fired back and forth.”

Rival gang tags mark the lakefront wall just steps from this morning's shooting scene. Photo from June 2017.
The gunmen each got into separate vehicles and fled moments before cops arrived.

A witness described the handgun-bearing man as Hispanic, 24-26 years old, 5’5” tall, and 220-230 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt and fled in a dark 4-door Accura driven by a Hispanic woman. It was last seen entering Lake Shore Drive northbound.

The other suspect, described only as a Hispanic man, fled in a black four-door BMW 3-series that was driven by a Hispanic woman, another witness reported.

About 30 minutes after the gunfire, golfers summoned police to the course after seeing two men who were in the area of the shooting ducking in and out of brush along Marovitz’s east fence line.

A carload of men was stopped nearby, but the city’s link to a national crime database was offline, and officers could not verify the occupants’ identities, gang affiliations, or warrant information, according to an officer.

“If that’s not officer safety issue, I don’t know what is,” one said.

More gang tags at the lakefront near today's incident. The photo was taken earlier this month.
Witnesses to the shooting refused to help cops determine if any of the car’s passengers were involved in the gun incident and officers were forced to set the carload of men free.

CWBChicago later verified through a source that at least one occupant of the car is a 17-year-old member of the La Raza street gang.

The Chicago Police Department did not respond to a request for information about this morning's incident.

The Recreation Drive area and the lakefront near Marovitz’s landmark clock tower are well-documented gang hangouts that have seen multiple people shot over the past three years.

...and more gang-related markings at the lakefront near Recreation Drive in a photo from July 2017.
We returned to the seawall just east of the golf course recently and saw that various rival gangs have once again tagged the place up. Photos from our recent visits are seen above.

CWB has repeatedly documented the shootings and the proliferation of gang graffiti along the nearby lakefront seawall. See our 2015 tagging report HERE. And our 2014 installment HERE.
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36 comments:

  1. ... but at the same time, I guess, it wouldn't have mattered much if they were taken in and charged, because Crook County's system would have just let them back out in short order either way.

    This city is run like a third world country. And just as safe as one, too.

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  2. Yep keep not having any police patrols (I have heard the lakefront patrols were canceled years back) and cutting the staff to almost 1/2 down. All the criminals know this and are taking over Need to vote Rahm OUT and keep rotating Mayors until we get one that actually helps the city

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    1. That's not completely true. Summer Mobile details are out on bike and in cars both marked and unmarked. But yeah, still the bad guys outnumber the good guys and they can't be everywhere at once.

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  3. Close down the parking lots, or charge a pricey fee to park. More cops over there (and everywhere) would be nice, too.

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    1. Great plan!
      Close down the things that law-abiding citizens SHOULD get to use....why?...
      Because some s(*t-stain sociopaths can't keep from shooting at each other???
      F^<k that.
      How about this instead. How about, Stop pissing away billions of dollars of my money, and instead, oh I don't know....hire some police!!
      Then again I don't know....how about...keep repeat violent offenders in jail -- for a LONG TIME too.
      Can we please stop this 'punish the victims' nonsense.

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    2. Logical suggestion but for the fact that there are no cops to send there. Our district is already at barebones status...and the 1,000 new cops Rahm promised is also a lie...well more than 1000 will have retired by the time those 1,000 "new" cops graduate from the police academy.

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    3. Charging a fee to park in the lot will not keep out armed gang bangers. It will only keep out the 6 or 7 honest families who are already being charged left and right to live in this city.

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  4. Hey Cappleman, you useless corpse!!!
    Got ANYTHING to say here? Anything at all?
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    There are wonderful condos right across the street from this shit....like the one I sold when I moved out a year ago.
    Think there are no ill-effects for your inaction? For your absence of leadership?
    Check the real estate values. Down.
    Check average time on the market. Growing.
    Check the officer count in 019. Down more.
    Check the alderman "Promises Kept" count. Still at zero I expect.
    We finally wised up / got lucky and left the state completely. Unreal, the numbers who've joined us.
    I really hope you're the last one left there Jimmy. You and Tunney and Preckwinkle and Kimmie and Rahm...burning the furniture in the fireplace to keep warm. It'd be fair.
    Because YOU did it. You ruined the place. You f'ed it up.

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    1. You should print that on a t-shirt and sell it.

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    2. You win first place for saying it right. Too bad none of those crooks like Rahm or Tunney or Foxx will read this or do anything about it.

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    3. Yes gloat how you are safe and have left the rest of us behind. So why are you still hanging around. Move on you have made your point.

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    4. @Anonymous Jul 24, 2017, 2:40:00 PM
      Why am I hanging around?? Move on????
      Genuinely brilliant thinking there Cappleman / sycophant. :((
      Try this - I still have friends in the neighborhood. I care about them. I care about the decent neighbors I had. Lots of them. I actually care about the city too. Cared enough to give a fair of money to charity.
      Why hang around? ...to try to make things better.
      Hard-of-thinking is part of Chicago's problem. Maybe you should stop contributing to it.

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    5. ... I don't think that guy/gal was gloating. We're also among the multitude of people that have done the same, recently sold our 4 homes in Chicago (primary + 3 investment condos.. 2 of which were in E. Lakeview) and got out of Chicago and IL all together. I, too, still keep an eye on things there, like this blog, because Chicago will always have a piece of my heart, we still have friends there (and until recently real estate investments there) and it's horrible to see what is occurring and getting worse. I check in periodically to look in on things to see what the latest is. Don't be nasty though.. surprised you'd be upset at someone expressing distain at what is going on there, regardless of where they live now. Trust me, Chicago can use all the help and frustrated voices it can get and should be glad people care. Once people just start leaving and stop caring, you'll be wishing people were paying attention, if you decide to stay, regardless of where they live.

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    6. RE AnonymousJul 24, 2017, 2:40:00 PM
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      I'm 'hanging around' because, unlike you, I actually give a shit about my friends and (ex)neighbors there.
      Sure "nice" to see you're trying to keep that care to a minimum there Cappleman. Or is it Tunney?
      Clown.

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  5. "Those were just firecrackers!".

    "Yup, uh huh. That stuff doesn't happen here. And that graffiti is just 'art' too".

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  6. But but Guns aren't allowed in city parks or the bike trail unless you are just passing through! What gives ?

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    1. OP - very (sadly) funny. Well done.

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  7. Notice the 45 Whipple. They are from 45tb and Whipple coming up here to be assholes Please all be safe and vigilant

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    1. To: north siders who grew up in suburbs. Let me enlighten you on these markings. These are "Two Six" gang markings in all photos. The 45 Whipple marks are a diss to the gang that lives there. Crown is down a diss to the Latin Kings and the pitchfork is down a diss to SD's(Satan Disciples). And anything with a k next to it means Killers. 42k and 45k is 42nd and 45th street killers. Campbell Killers etc etc. Enjoy Chicago! We tried to warn ya! From: your friendly neighborhood south sider livin' and golfin' year round in south Florida :)

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  8. They must be blind gangbangers if they can have a duel in daylight that includes a shotgun and nobody gets shot?

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  9. the graffiti needs to be removed and police patrolled. I have went to Caps meetings and hear all the time residents complain that area needs police patrolling. And the police say residents need to keep calling police, why is it the responsibility of the neighbors to constantly call police whrn its a known gang criminal shang out with paintings too

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  10. One year removed from living in the midst of this shit-show....enjoying the relative peace and quiet out here in the Western Suburbs. Come give it a try folks - perhaps in 10-15 years all of these gang-banging morons will have killed each other off and the law abiding tax-paying folk can come out of the shadows again.

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  11. What really sucks is that when police are assigned in the area, they always seem to be stationary at the lakefront trail where Irving Park ends at LSD. A regular beat needs to patrol the parking lot along the trail between Irving & Addison, as well as the parking lots east of the tennis courts, and the adjacent areas along the water.

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  12. Never a dull moment 'round here

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  13. Chicago is thing of the past for me!! Up till this year would visit 3 times a year but no more Chicago for me!!!!

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    1. Hope you didn't let the door hit you in the back on the way out.

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    2. Thou dost protest too much. How is the 5 mile drive to the nearest pizza place working for you? Have you all the flood water out of your house yet?

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  14. The sad thing is I think of 8am on a Sunday morning as a "safe" time to go running on the lakefront. I mean seriously what is going on in this city?!

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    1. It would be your own fault for being being around there "at that time of the morning" and "you were asking for it anyway" for not being "aware of your surrounding" and "flashing those expensive shoes around".

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  15. Time to reconsidere soccer practice on the fields there. Can't even clean gang bangers off of the waterfront. Can't clean the homeless out of the bridges. Can't can't can't.

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  16. Chicago is thing of the past for me!! Up till this year would visit 3 times a year but no more Chicago for me!!!!

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  17. My sources tell me that with all the media talking about police brutality and injustice, that CPD is hesitant to do *anything* -- causing these thugs to be even more brazen. The media needs to stop spinning police brutality against the typical "teenage boy" when in reality he may be (and quite probably was) an armed thug with a police record (that the media seems to omit or play down in the reporting). Seems "police brutality" is a good buzz word for more viewers and selling the news -- but is really not helping the safety in our neighborhood.

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  18. What's new? There are always shell casings in the parking lot by the tennis courts. I once tried to wave down a cop, and he drove right past after waving back at me.

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    1. Hahaha-- He waved back at you. That made my day.

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  19. "This city is run like a third world country. And just as safe as one, too."

    ^^^ THAT RIGHT THERE...EXACTLY!!! ^^^

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  20. Cappleman's office is a joke, and we could sure use some of the officers/Prince's Guard from the mayor's north side palace out and about to help protect all the riffraff, non-mayoral families. our kids deserve the same protection yours get, and we pay for your enhanced lifestyle and protection.

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