*(IN CHICAGO)* 2 killed, 16 wounded in shootings across city *(THOSE GENTLE GIANTS, THE WEEKEND IS HERE)*

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By Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Lauren Zumbach
Chicago Tribune
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Memorial Day weekend begins with at least 18 shot across city in 12-hour span
Gunfire echoed through a complex of two-story brown brick apartment buildings on 14th Street on the Near Southwest Side early Saturday morning.

A woman lay in bed, startled awake but unable to move. Muzzle flash illuminated her bedroom walls.

“Hit the floor, hit the floor,” her husband said as he pushed her onto the ground. She reached up and dragged her four-year-old son, who was asleep in a nearby bed, onto the floor.

“I thought it was a dream,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified because she fears retribution. “I laid there in bed for a minute.”

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Mom of girl, 4, shot in the head: ‘She’s opening her eyes; she’s kicking her legs’
No one inside the woman’s apartment was hurt but outside, a 20-year-old man lay dead. He was one of 18 people shot across Chicago between 2:45 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday. Other victims included a 4-year-old girl who was shot about 8 p.m. while sitting in a car outside a South Side prom party and a 34-year-old man shot to death about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

The sound of gunfire about 2:10 a.m. on the 1000 block of 14th Street in the University Village / Little Italy neighborhood drew a dozen or so residents from their apartments as Chicago police and University of Illinois police swarmed the apartment complex.

Police arrived to find the 20-year-old man, who hasn’t been identified, on the grass and unresponsive. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he died from his wounds, police said.

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The man fell under a blue-ish parking lot light next to a parked car whose car door was left open. Folded paper marked the location of shell casings nearby. Residents reported hearing as many as ten shots fired in two groups.

In other shootings:

• A 34-year-old man was shot to death in the Wicker Park neighborhood about 1:45 a.m. Saturday. He was on a porch in the 1700 block of West Pierce Street when someone opened fire, hitting him multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said.

• Three people were injured in the shooting involving the 4-year-old girl in the 7000 block of South Justine Street in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The other two victims were a 15-year-old female and a 17-year-old male.

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• A 26-year-old man walked into Roseland Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back after someone shot him about 3 a.m. Saturday morning in the 11200 block of South Stewart Avenue in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. He was standing outside when someone approached and shot him, police said.

• Someone robbing a 20-year-old man of his jacket and phone about 1:15 a.m. Saturday near the McDonald’s at Garfield Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side shot him in the leg. The man was taken to St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center with a leg wound, police said.

• A 21-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder while sitting in a minivan about 1:05 a.m. Saturday in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. He was shot by someone on the street who fired toward his vehicle, police said. He walked into Norwegian American Hospital with the injury.

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• Two people were shot about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side, police said. A 44-year-old man was shot in the right thigh and a 19-year-old man was hit in the right forearm, police. The two were on a sidewalk on the 9300 block of South Normal Avenue when someone in a passing white sedan fired shots at them, police said. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.

• About the same time Saturday, two people were shot in the 1100 block of West 104th Street in the Washington Heights neighborhood. A 45-year-old woman was shot in her left ankle and an 18-year-old boy was shot in his foot and his finger, police said. Both were taken to Advocate Christ, where their condition was stabilized.

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• Two men were left in critical condition after someone shot them in the Humboldt Park neighborhood early Saturday morning. They were inside an apartment in the 900 block of North Monticello Avenue on the West Side about 12:15 a.m. when someone else inside the apartment opened fire, police said. A 20-year-old was hit in the neck and arm and a 21-year-old was shot in the back and chest, police said. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

• A 15-year-old boy was dropped off about 12:15 a.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to the left side of his body. He first told police he was shot on Lake Shore Drive not far south of Roosevelt Road but later told police it occurred on a ramp from Int. Hwy. 55 to Damen Avenue. Chicago police said it’s now an Illinois State Police investigation. He is expected to recover from his gunshot wounds.
• Someone shot a 25-year-old man about 11 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood. The attack happened near Menard Avenue and Erie Street on the West Side and the man walked into West Suburban Medical Center seeking treatment for his wound. He told police he heard shots and felt pain. He was hit in the left calf and his condition had stabilized, police said.

• A 37-year-old man was shot about 7:15 p.m. Friday in the 2900 block of West 66th Street in the city’s Marquette Park neighborhood. He was shot in the leg or groin area, and he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.

• In an attack about 2:45 p.m. Friday, a 21-year-old man was shot in the hip on the West Side after a fight that police said was gang-related. The victim was involved in a fight in the 3000 block of West Roosevelt Road in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood, and after the brawl he fled to a vehicle but “unknown offender or offenders” then fired shots, hitting him in the hip, Sweeney said. The man got himself to Stroger Hospital, where his condition stabilized after the incident.

*(IN CHICAGO)* Mom of girl, 4, shot in the head: ‘She’s opening her eyes; she’s kicking her legs’

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“BLACK LIVES MATTER”  NO JUSTICE! NO PEACE!  WHERE ARE THEY TODAY?  NOT IN CHICAGO!

By Alexandra Chachkevitch, Peter Nickeas, Rosemary Regina Sobol and Lauren Zumbach

Chicago Tribune

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4-year-old girl shot in head; 17-year-old boy, 15-year-old girl wounded in shooting Friday night, police say

Four-year-old Jacele Johnson who was shot in the head Friday night is “responsive” but remains in critical condition, according to her mother.

“She’s responsive, she’s moving,’’ said Jacele’s mother, Trennetta Gresham, 29, who was reached by phone Saturday while at her daughter’s bedside.

“She’s opening her eyes. She’s kicking her legs but right now she’s still critical,’’ Gresham said.

2 killed, 16 wounded in shootings across city

A spokeswoman for the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital also confirmed her critical condition in an emailed statement sent at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Gresham is sure Jacele can hear her voice though the child can’t talk.

“I said good morning and she squeezed my hand and looked at me,’’ said Gresham. Gresham has not been able to eat or sleep.

A 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were also shot during the attack, which happened outside a West Englewood neighborhood prom gathering shortly before 8 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Justine Street.

Authorities said the shooting was gang-related but could not elaborate.Authorities, citing preliminary information, said two of the victims were sitting in a car outside a prom gathering when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots.

Four-year-old Jacele was taken to University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department. 

Officials said her condition was serious to critical.

The boy, who was shot in the neck, was in fair condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Sweeney said.

The 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the head, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where authorities said she was in good condition.

The three were among at least 18 people shot between 2:45 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.

As of early Saturday morning, family members said Jacele’s condition had stabilized. Doctors tried to remove a bullet from her head, said her mother.

“(Jacele) is a fighter,” Gresham said, tears streaming down her cheeks. “I have three kids, and I have no favorites. But me and Jacele have a special bond. … That’s my best friend.”

The shooting happened as Jacele and her 17-year-old cousin sat inside a parked car, Gresham said.

Gresham said she stepped away from her car for a few minutes to gather her other children when the shooting happened. Gresham and her children were about to leave home after attending a graduation and prom party of a friend earlier in the evening.

Nobody was in the car’s driver’s seat, the child’s mother was not hurt.

The cousin, Romare Wilson, 17, was hit in the shooting and his condition stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center, said Jacele’s grandfather, Marvin Gresham.

“We got a beautiful city, but it has some evil people,” Gresham said while standing outside next to the entrance to Comer Children’s Emergency building early Saturday morning.

“Nobody knows when, where, how, why this happens,” said Marcella Gresham, the wounded girl’s aunt, as she stood next to Gresham, smoking a cigarette. “Senseless violence.”

“All the gangbangers need to know is that they shouldn’t shoot kids. That’s taboo.”

Fred Massey, a security guard at a mall across from the shooting, said he heard about 15 to 20 shots fired between two vehicles. The cars came to a stop near 69th Street and Ashland Avenue, Massey said.

Authorities said a gold Pontiac G6 believed to have been used by the offender in the shooting was found nearby in the 7000 block of South Paulina Street. Shell casings were found inside it.

Multiple police vehicles remained at the crime scene as of about 9 p.m. About two dozen people gathered at the scene.

“It’s just so sad, it’s so sad,” said Makeba Stevens, who said she lives in Englewood and stopped on her way home from work.

Stevens works at Roseland Community Hospital and said what she sees of the city’s violence makes her keep her own 17-year-old son at home or busy with sports as much as she can.

“All these kids, it just makes no sense,” she said. “And summer hasn’t even started yet.”

*(ANOTHER DAY IN CHICAGO, ANOTHER GENTLE GIANT IN ACTION)* Police: 3 men chase down, hold attacker after North Side robbery

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A 19-year-old Southwest Side man is facing robbery charges after three men chased him down and held him until police arrived following a North Side attack Monday, police said.

Jaleel Johnson, 19, followed a 21-year-old woman into the vestibule of a building in the 3100 block of North Southport Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood about 10 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department.

Johnson, of the 6900 block of South Artesian Avenue, took hold of the woman, shoved her to the ground and stole her purse before running away, police said. Three men who saw the incident chased Johnson and caught him close to the crime scene and held him for police.

The woman identified Johnson as her attacker and he was subsequently charged with one felony count of robbery, police said.

The woman did not want medical attention, police said, and her purse and its contents were returned to her.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday.

*(GENTLE GIANTS HERE IN CHICAGO)* 2 dead, 49(NEW NUMBERS JUST IN) wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

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“BLACK LIVES MATTER?”

Two men were killed and at least 47 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

About 12:10 a.m. Monday, a man was killed and another man was critically wounded in a South Shore neighborhood shooting.

Officers heard gunshots and found two men shot in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, police said.

Morial Ewing, 28, of the 8100 block of South Bennett, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:40 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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The other man, 29, was shot in the chest and leg and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, authorities said. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder.

Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home.

Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning.

On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 2:48 a.m. Monday in the South Shore neighborhood.

A 24-year-old man was shot in both legs and his abdomen in the 2900 block of East 78th Place, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police said the man was not cooperating with investigators.

The shooting happened about three blocks from the fatal shooting in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, but police could not immediately say if the two shootings are related.

At least 44 other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.

Security expert allegedly told FBI he hacked & steered airliner mid-flight

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A computer security expert, who was recently detained and questioned by the FBI over his hack-a-plane joke on Twitter, had earlier revealed to the agency that he accessed aircraft control systems on up to 20 occasions, according to a search warrant.

The founder of One World Labs, Chris Roberts, was detained for questioning and had his hardware confiscated in April by federal agents after exiting a United flight from Chicago to Syracuse, New York following his tweet suggesting he might attempt to hack into a flight’s entertainment system.

The FBI addressed the tweet urgently and with great seriousness because previous encounters with Roberts revealed that he was capable of such activity. In a search warrant application, obtained by APTN National News, Roberts previously claimed to have told agents that during his research he used his skills and equipment to gain access to an in-flight aircraft entertainment console, or the IFE, on as many as 20 occasions.

During these conversations, Mr. Roberts stated … that he had exploited vulnerabilities with IFE systems on aircraft while in flight. He compromised the IFE systems approximately 15 to 20 times during the time period 2011 through 2014. He last exploited an IFE system during the middle of 2014,” FBI Special Agent Mark Hurley wrote in his application.

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During at least one of these “test” flights, Roberts “stated that he then overwrote code on the airplane’s Thrust Management Computer while aboard a flight,” the document claims. “He stated that he successfully commanded the system he had accessed to issue the CLB or climb command. He stated that he thereby caused one of the airplane engines to climb resulting in a lateral or sideways movement of the plane.”

The court document does not mention during which particular flights the interference with the aircraft controls took place.

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According to the affidavit, Hurley met with Roberts in February and March to discuss IFE security vulnerabilities with regards to the Boeing 737 and 757, and Airbus A320 aircraft. It was during these interview sessions that Roberts revealed that his hacking into IFE that was produced by Panasonic and Thales.

When Roberts revealed his hacking abilities, Hurley writes that he had warned the programmer that accessing plane’s in-flight systems without authorization is a federal crime. Roberts, at the time said he understands and promised not to engage in such activity.

But after his April 15 tweet, the FBI apparently alleged the security expert could attempt to repeat success, and did go on to detain and question the man. The agents and technicians who inspected the aircraft which he flew to Chicago, before connecting to New York, allegedly found tampering on two electronic boxes next to Roberts’s seat. According to affidavit, one of the electronic boxes had been damaged.

“Technical specialists with the FBI believed that he may have just [hacked the plane’s system] again, or attempted to do so using the equipment then in his possession,” it said.

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When the agents confiscated Roberts’ equipment in Syracuse – including a MacBook, an iPad, three hard drives and numerous removable USB flash drives – he denied hacking into any systems during the flight from Denver to Chicago.

“We believed that Roberts had the ability and the willingness to use the equipment … to access or attempt to access the IFE and possibly the flight control systems … and that it would endanger public safety to allow him to leave the Syracuse airport that evening with the equipment,” Hurley’s report states.

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Roberts meanwhile told the Wired that the FBI has taken his remarks about hacking out of context of their comprehensive discussions with the agency.

“There is context that is obviously missing which obviously I can’t say anything about,” he told the publication. “It would appear from what I’ve seen that the federal guys took one paragraph out of a lot of discussions and a lot of meetings and notes and just chose that one as opposed to plenty of others.”

*(GENTLE GIANTS KILLING EACH OTHER)* 1 killed, 20 wounded in Chicago shootings

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“BLACK LIVES MATTER” ONLY SOMETIMES

Chicago police and paramedics stand around a man wounded in a shooting Friday, May 15, 2015, at 60th and LaSalle streets in Englewood. (Eric Clark for the Chicago Tribune)

By Quinn Ford and Rosemary Regina Sobol

Man shot to death on Near West Side

81-year-old woman shot on South Side porch while taking break from attending daughter’s wake

One man was killed and at least 20 others, including an 81-year-old woman, were wounded in shootings across the city’s South and West sides since Friday afternoon.

The fatal shooting happened about midnight in the city’s University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.

Police found a 24-year-old man fatally shot in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street. Officers found the man lying on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his chest and shoulder, police said.

Further details were not immediately available. Following the shooting, police taped off a portion of the sidewalk on the quiet, leafy block as detectives investigated the scene. The man’s body lay just inside a wood hut that contained a dumpster. Neighbors stood in front of two-story row houses along the block and watched.

Hours earlier, an 81-year-old woman and her 34-year-old grandson were injured in a shooting in the city’s Gresham neighborhood.The man was later identified as Ronnie Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette Road in Englewood, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The two were sitting on a porch in the 7800 block of South Carpenter Street about 5 p.m. Friday, taking a break from attending the wake of the woman’s daughter when a gunman in a passing SUV fired shots, hitting them both, police said.

Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

In other shootings:

About 2:55 a.m. Saturday, police said a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were shot by another male while standing in the 8800 block of South Princeton Avenue in the West Chatham neighborhood. The 24-year-old is in good condition after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the left forearm, police said. The 21-year-old, with an ankle wound, walked into St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center and is also in good condition.• About 5:25 a.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old woman was shot in the Logan Square neighborhood. The teen was walking in the 1700 block of North Western Avenue when she heard gunfire and felt pain. The woman was hit in the upper right shoulder. She was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where her condition stabilized, police said.

• Early Saturday, a 29-year-old man walked into Rush Medical Center after he was shot in East Garfield Park, police said. The man told police he was walking in the 100 block of South California Avenue about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when he heard gunshots and felt pain. The man transported himself to Rush Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right buttocks, police said.

• Two men were wounded, one critically, in a drive-by shooting about 1 a.m. Saturday in Homan Square. The two — ages 22 and 23 — were standing in the 3600 block of West Polk Street when a gunman inside a passing dark-colored sedan opened fire. The 22-year-old was shot in his head. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, police said. The 23-year-old man was grazed by a bullet that hit his left thigh. He later walked into Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for his wound.

• About 12:15 a.m. Saturday, a 58-year-old woman was shot in the leg in Armour Square on the South Side. The woman was walking on the sidewalk in the 200 block of West 38th Place when she heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her right calf. Her condition stabilized as of early Saturday.

• About the same time, two people were shot in South Austin. A 24-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue when a gunman stepped out of an SUV and fired shots. Both were shot in the right foot. They were taken to West Suburban Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.

• About 10:50 p.m. Friday, a 25-year-old man was shot in his head in the Park Manor neighborhood. Police said he was standing outside in the 7400 block of South Wentworth Avenue when he heard gunfire and felt pain. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, and as of early Saturday, he was listed in critical condition.

• A 25-year-old man walked into the University of Chicago Medical Center after he had been shot in the lower back about 10:40 p.m. Friday, police said. He told police he was standing in the 6700 block of South Cornell Drive in Jackson Park when he heard gunshots and felt pain. Police did not immediately have further details about the shooting.

• About 9:50 p.m. Friday, a 33-year-old man was shot in the 11900 block of South Wallace Street in West Pullman. The man was standing on the sidewalk when someone fired shots from a nearby alleyway, hitting the man in his ankle, police said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

• About 7:30 p.m. Friday, two men were shot in West Englewood. The two were inside two separate vehicles “involved in an altercation” in the 7200 block of South Bell Avenue, police said. Shots were fired, and the two men — ages 24 and 28 — were both hit, police said. The 24-year-old man was shot in his right arm and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. The 28-year-old man was shot in his leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition also stabilized, police said.

• About 3:25 p.m. Friday in the city’s East Chatham neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. The victim told police he’d been walking in the 900 block of East 82nd Street when he heard shots and felt pain, Sweeney said. He was taken in good condition to Stroger hospital.

• At about 1:55 p.m. Friday, three men were shot in the 6000 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Englewood, Sweeney said. A 22-year-old man was shot in the head and leg, and a 19-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder, said Sweeney, adding both their conditions had stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Sweeney, clarifying earlier information, said the third man, 21, who suffered a graze wound to the leg, was also shot but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Paramedics were called to 60th Street and LaSalle Avenue, where the 22-year-old and 19-year-old were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Stroger Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department.