Sunday, June 6, 2010

Shooting On Hamlin This Morning

Another day, more gunfire. Not in Logan Sqaure this time, but close enough. This particular shooting happened just north of the border of Logan Square, meaning it occurred in Avondale. Anyway, at 2:29 this morning, my mom heard four loud gunshots in the north alley of Diversey between Ridgeway and Hamlin. After the shots rang out, she heard a car speed off in the alley. Since I sleep near a window, she ran into my room and yanked me out of bed. Before I had any time to say anything, she told me that there was gunfire going off. We both hid in a hallway for a good 30 seconds before calling 911.

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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AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

Just for the record, folks, I think that there will be a retailation for this as early as this evening. Lot of gang members walking back and forth through the north alley of Diversey.

Anonymous said...

Got something for u the shooting was gang related I got friends that are cobras and they said the victim was know as gio and he was a cobra from koz park the shooters were maniacs and he's in the hospital critical condition

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

I figured it had something to do with gangs. I think I might know who Gio is (that was the nickname for a kid at Monroe when I was going there). So Maniacs did it? I thought they didn't hang this far north. Unless they were just coming through to shoot.

Thanks for letting me know his condition.

Anonymous said...

Sick of this - there are families all over this block! PLEASE be vigilant people, watch out for eachother.

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

Anonymous 10:47, I couldn't agree more. We need to be vigilant and look out for each other.

I'm sick of this too. This is like the 6th shooting in five weeks over there. The families living on the block must be scared, and they shouldn't have to be.

Anonymous said...

I'm at Kimball and Belmont, and counted 16 "pops" at 3:45 am on Sunday Jun 6. They sounded like they were east of me and moving south. Wondered if anyone else heard them. Not sure if it was bottle rockets or shots.

Anonymous said...

The building on the southwest corner of george and hamlin has a gangbanger on the first floor. Who is he? He has gangbangers drop by all the time while they patrol the neighborhood. Cant someone call the owner? maybe he should be made aware of this if he doesnt evict these assholes Im not above calling city inspectors on him. That place is a shithole and THAT should force him out of business or worse. I prefer an empty building than one filled with homies.

Anonymous said...

Guess what? There are people and landlords who are harboring these gangbangers. Maybe we should get the addresses of where the gangbanger live and get on the landlords. If everyone starts calling the landlords that should move them. Just keep track of where the gangbanger live and post addresses. Let the community handle the phone calls.

AvondaleLoganSquareCrimeBlotter said...

Anonymous 12:49, since they were pops, they were probably gunshots. Sounds like they could've occurred in the area of Kedzie and Belmont.

Anonymous 3:27, wow, that's news to me. I didn't know that until now. That building too? Awful. I knew the building of the SW corner of George and Avers had them living in there, but not that building. Someone needs to get the number of the building owner and call. If the building is the way you described it, I would call the city anyway. I would also perfer an empty building over one with gang members in it.

Anonymous 3:31, that sounds like a good idea. Only problem with that, though, is the good people living in those buildings, too. I wouldn't want to put out their addresses if I knew they were in danger.