THOSE GENTLE GIANTS ARE AT IT AGAIN IN CHICAGO: 1 dead, 6 injured in separate shootings

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    Three people were shot while traveling in a van in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, after which they drove themselves to West Suburban Medical Center. (WGN-TV)

By Chicago Tribune staff

Teen killed, 6 injured, in separate Chicago shootings
A 17-year-old male was fatally shot and six others, including three teenagers, were injured in separate shootings since Friday evening, police said.

The 17-year-old, identified as Walter L. Wright, was standing on a sidewalk in the 5800 block of South Western Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side when an unknown offender approached him and fired shots, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. Friday. Wright, a documented gang member, was shot numerous times in the chest, right arm, right leg and buttocks, police said.

Wright, of the 5300 block of South May Street, was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

As of Saturday morning, no one was in custody as a result of the shooting.

About 3:40 a.m. Saturday, two teenagers and a 20-year-old man walked into West Suburban Medical Center after they told police they were wounded in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The three were traveling eastbound on Lake Street in a van when a dark-colored sedan pulled up alongside them in the 4500 block of West Lake Street, Alfaro said. Someone inside the sedan fired shots at them.

A 16-year-old boy was hit in the left buttocks, and a 17-year-old girl was struck in the right leg. The 20-year-old was shot in the lower back, Alfaro said.

The conditions of all three stabilized at West Suburban, Alfaro said.

No one is in custody as a result of the shooting.

Around 2:50 a.m. Saturday, a 22-year-old man was wounded in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said.

The man was walking through an alley in the 4800 block of South Princeton Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was injured, Alfaro said. He managed to get to Provident Hospital of Cook County, where he was listed in good condition, Alfaro said.

No one is in custody as a result of the shooting.

An 18-year-old man was seriously injured at 9:34 p.m. Friday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, Alfaro said. The man was discovered on a sidewalk in the 6400 block of South Peoria Street with a gunshot wound to his chest, Alfaro said.

He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was listed in serious condition, Alfaro said.

No one is in custody as a result of the shooting.

At about 7:25 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of North Drake Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, a 20-year-old man was shot, said News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.

The man, who police said is a documented gang member, suffered a gunshot wound to his buttocks and managed to get to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was in good condition.

Police said the incident appeared to be a drive-by shooting. A gray SUV drove up to the man and someone from inside began firing, Sweeney said.

Libs Keep Trying To Justify French Newspaper Attack

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By Robert Gehl, January 8, 2015.

    Liberal justification for the Paris newspaper massacre continues.

    Adam Kotsko is retracting, explaining and apologizing profusely after posting a tweet that equates “beating up” Westboro [Baptist Church] protesters with the Islamic terrorists.

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“It’s no more surprising that someone would attack a newspaper devoted to hate speech than someone would beat up Westboro pastors,” Kotsko said in a tweet which has since been deleted.

Campus Reform first ran the story about the professor at Shimer College, a private liberal-arts school in Chicago.

Because the newspaper ran satirical images of Muhammad, apparently the attacks were justified, Kotsko alleges.

Quickly after, he “explained his mistake,”

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But couldn’t help but hit back at “right-wing nutjobs” who flooded his Twitter account with their outrage.

Realizing he can’t keep his big, fat foot out of his mouth, he later returned to Twitter and “unambiguously” denounced the terrorist attacks.

“I want to be completely clear: I unambiguously denounce the attacks, not only for the needless death and destruction they immediately caused, but because of the inevitable backlash they will bring down on the Muslim community in France and elsewhere.”

The professor, who holds a Ph.D. in theology, ethics, and culture from Chicago Theological Seminary, wrote that his rant was based on “misinformation” about the attacks.

He continues to be active on Twitter, trying desperately to both justify his comments, renounce them and attack people who would criticize him. With the frequency of his paranoid tweets, one wonders if he has time to teach a class.

GENTLE GIANTS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN: In Chicago, 1 killed, 14 wounded in weekend shootings

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By Quinn Ford

One man was killed and at least 14 others were wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

A 39-year-old man became the city’s first homcide victim of the year after he was shot and killed Saturday on the West Side, police said.

Randy James, of the 4600 block of West Adams Street, was standing on a sidewalk in the Austin neighborhood when he was shot. James was standing in the 5000 block of West Superior Street about 1:30 a.m. when he heard gunfire and felt pain, police said.

James realized he had been shot in the left side of his torso. The 39-year-old took himself to West Suburban Medical Center, police said. He was later transferred ot John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:50 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Most recently, a 20-year-old man was in critical conditon after he was shot in the head on the West Side.

The man was inside a residence in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue about 10:50 p.m. when he got into verbal argument with someone, police said. During the argument, the 20-year-old was shot in his head about, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Earlier Sunday, two men were wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting in the Back of the Yards. The two men, both 19, were taken to Mount Sinai where their conditions stabilized.

Six people were wounded in shootings across the city from Saturady afternoon through early Sunday morning, police said.

And from Friday evening through Saturday morning, another six people were wounded in shootings. A 14-year-old boy was also shot to death in Rosemont Friday night. The boy, later identified as Patrick Boswell, was the first homicide victim in Rosemont in a decade, officials said.

The boy, who lives in Des Plaines, was foud lying in a gangway between two residential buildings a short distance from the Allstate Arena about 9 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

As of Sunday, Rosemont police could not say why the boy was shot or if the shooting was a random act. Rosemont police Cmdr. Gregory Nazuka did say that his department had never had contact with the boy and said police had not been called to the area for similar disturbances in the past.

GENTLE GIANTS HAVING FUN IN CHICAGO: Boy, 7, seriously hurt when chunk of concrete thrown at family car

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By Chicago Tribune staff contact the reporter

A 7-year-old boy was seriously hurt when a group of teens threw a chunk of concrete at a car as he rode with his family on the South Side, Chicago police said.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of West 46th Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to police.

Three teens walked up to the car and started throwing objects at it, hitting the boy in the head with a chunk of concrete, police said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.

Police said the attackers ranged in age from 13 to 18. No one was in custody Thursday.

BACK TO THOSE GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO: 7 wounded in separate shootings

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A man was shot and wounded while driving on I-290 Friday evening. (WGN-TV)

By Deanese Williams-Harris and Alexandra Chachkevitch
Chicago Tribune

A man was in critical condition and six others were wounded in separate shootings since Friday, police said.

Around 1:30 a.m., a 39-year-old man was critically wounded after he was shot in the South Austin neighborhood, said Chicago police spokesman Hector Alfaro.

The man was standing on a sidewalk in the 5000 block of West Superior Street when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck, Alfaro said.

He suffered a gunshot to the left side of his torso and walked into West Suburban Medical Center, Alfaro said. He was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

No one is in custody as a result of the incident.

In the latest shooting, a 36-year-old man was wounded around 2:50 a.m. in the East Ukrainian Village neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.

The man was sitting in a parked car in the 1800 block of West Rice Street when a white sedan pulled up and someone inside fired shots, striking him, Alfaro said.

The man was hit in the lower back and was driven to Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

No one is in custody as a result of the shooting.

Around 11:30 p.m. Friday, an 18-year-old man was in serious condition after being wounded in a shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood, Alfaro said.

The man was standing outside in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue when he heard gunshots and realized he was struck, Alfaro said.

The man suffered gunshot wounds to his torso and his left leg and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in serious condition, Alfaro said.

No one is in custody as a result of the shooting, and no other information was available about the shooting.

Around 10 p.m. Friday, a 24-year-old man was wounded in a shooting on Interstate 290, police said.

The man was driving a van westbound on I-290 near South Kostner Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when he was shot, said Illinois State Police Sgt. Rodney Collins.

He suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for treatment, Collins said. His injuries were non-life-threatening, Collins said.

Police are investigating the incident.

Another shooting happened shortly after 4:30 p.m. on the 5700 block of South Throop Street on the city’s South Side, police said.

Preliminary information said a maroon vehicle pulled up and someone inside fired shots at two men who were standing on the street, police said.

The victims, 31 and 30, were both struck in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions stabilized, police said.

Earlier Friday afternoon, a 22-year-old man was shot inside a business on the West Side in the city’s Austin neighborhood.

That shooting happened shortly before 4 p.m. at a business on the 5500 block of West North Avenue, said Chicago Police Department spokesman Veejay Zala.

Preliminary information said the victim was inside the business when someone walked in and fired a shot in his direction. The man, who suffered a wound to his left shoulder, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, Zala said.

No one was in custody for either shooting, and police were investigating.

Gentle Giants celebrating the New Year in Chicago: Girl, 14, among 7 injured in shootings since New Year’s Day

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7 injured in separate Chicago shootings since New Year’s Day
Seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, were injured in separate shootings since New Year’s Day, police said.

In the latest shooting, a male, whose age was not immediately available, was shot in the leg during a possible robbery around 3:45 a.m. Friday in the Galewood neighborhood on the Northwest Side, said Chicago police Officer Amina Greer.

The male was in the 2200 block of North Narragansett Avenue when he was shot. He was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, Greer said.

Thursday night, around 10:50 p.m., two men were shot in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Greer said.

A 42-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were standing outside in the 5600 block of West Fullerton Avenue when an offender came out of the passenger side of a dark-colored sedan and fired shots, striking them. The offender then fled northbound in the vehicle.

Both men were shot in the back and were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where their conditions stabilized, Greer said.

No one is in custody.

Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday a man was shot in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side, said Chicago police spokesman Hector Alfaro.

The victim, a 22-year-old man, was standing in the 5000 block of West Fulton Street when a dark-colored sedan drove by and someone from inside fired, Alfaro said.

The man, who is a documented gang member, was shot in the left side of his face and abdomen, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, police said. His condition was not known.

At 12:26 p.m. Thursday a man was shot in the 6700 block of South California Avenue in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, said Chicago police spokesman Thomas Sweeney.

The 35-year-old man was shot in the nose and forearm and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, Sweeney said.

A short time later, at 1:04 p.m., two people were shot in the 6300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood, Sweeney said.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the back. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, Sweeney said.

The second victim was a 14-year-old girl, who was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to her arm, police said. Her condition had stabilized.

According to preliminary information, the 21-year-old, who is a documented gang member, was on the street when someone approached on foot and opened fire, police said.