After the 911 call, I turned on the scanner to hear the call go through. As I turned it on, the dispatcher was saying that someone had been shot on the 2800 block of N Hamlin. She was right, as fire trucks and EMS roared down our block to get to the scene. Me being half asleep, I didn't bother to look out the window to see them or anything.
(The 2800 block of N. Hamlin, hours after the shooting).
As it turns out, a man was shot. He was shot three times. Once in the head, once in the groin and once in the left knee. He was taken to Illinois Masonic. I have no update on his condition, since the lakefront-loving media didn't cover this shooting, as usual. Officers excepted him to be ok, though. Speaking of the scanner, officers were saying on the air that they possibly had the offenders stopped in a white vehicle at Hamlin and Fullerton. Witnesses were needed to go to the scene to identify the alleged offenders. I'm not sure what happened with that, as I went back to sleep.
I'm not sure if this shooting was gang related or not, but I would not be surprised if the truth reveals that it was. I'll be trying to find out that truth all day, as I'd like to know, and to let all of you know. You know what makes me think that this is gang related? Because, the corner of George and Hamlin is a hub for gang activity. There has been a couple of shootings and gang fights at this corner in the last month and a half. This corner was brought up at the last 2523 CAPS meeting. Sure, it's not as bad as George and Avers, but it's still pretty damn bad.
We on Beat 2523 have been trying to do everything in our power to prevent this choas. We have complained to the police, we've complained to building owners who have these gangbangers in the building and we've complained plenty to Alderman Reboyras about this, as this falls in his ward. We seem to be running out of options to do something about this activity. The police are helping us by putting increased patrols in the area (we'll see those starting later this month or in July, according to police), but to be completey honest, I'm not really seeing our alderman help us out here. I'm not trying to denounce him as he's a nice guy, but c'mon. This is gotta be like the fifth or sixth shooting in this particular area.
We are in for a REAL long summer. And I mean long. The shootings are far from over. We'll see a lot more of them, I think, especially with this gang war in this area. The Cobras and IGs are going at it, and bad. This leads me to pose a question for those who live over here: what can we do to stop the madness? My only answer would be more police patrols. But I'd like to see what you all think. Express your opinion about it on this post.
I hate to say it, but I definitely except a retailation shooting at some point from this. It'll probably happen sometime this week or next week. I'll be keeping a close eye on the situation. Unitl then, all I can do is let the police know what happened. And I will. If any of you would like to share your concern with CPD, let me know. I have email addresses for a couple of Sergeants and I'd be happy to give it to you. Of course, I would not disrespect them and just put it over the blog (as not everyone who reads this blog is a law-abiding citizen). Email me for them.
Update, 8:20pm - I'm told by a source that the shooting was gang related. A Cobra was shot by the MLDs. The vitcim is 16 yrs old. He's in critical condition at Illinois Masonic.
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