*(MORE GENGLE GIANT ACTION IN CHICAGO)* Cabbies Robbed At Knife Point On North Side

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are cautioning North Side taxi drivers after a pair of cabbies were robbed at knife point in separate incidents last week in Ravenswood and West Ridge.

In both robberies, a man has pulled a knife on cabbies after arriving at his destination, according to a business alert from Chicago Police.

The first robbery happened about 6 a.m. on April 19 in the 2800 block of West Ardmore, the alert said.

It was carried out by a 6-feet tall, 140-pound black man who is between 18 and 25 years old, police said. He was wearing a blue hoodie, gray sweatpants and was carrying a brown satchel, police said.

The second incident happened about 9:30 p.m. on April 23 in the 2400 block of West Eastwood, by a black man between 18 and 20 years old in a black baseball cap and a Chicago Bulls jacket, police said.

Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

*(GENTLE GIANTS FOR MONDAY IN CHICAGO)* 1 dead, 9 wounded in separate shootings

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Ten people have been shot, one fatally, since Sunday afternoon on the West, South and North sides, police said.

Most recently, a 24-year-old man was in critical condition after a shooting around 3:55 a.m. in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro.

The man was walking in the 900 block of West Wilson Avenue when shots were fired from a passing silver sedan. The man was shot in the hip and groin area, Alfaro said.

He was listed in critical condition at Weiss Memorial Hospital, police said.

No other information was immediately available about the shooting.

Around 11:10 p.m., a 28-year-old man was wounded during a robbery at a gas station in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, police said.

The man was in his van at a station in the 600 block of South Independence Boulevard when a male with a handgun walked up to him, Alfaro said.

The gunman ordered the man to get out of his van. He then went through his pockets and took and unknown amount of cash before shooting the man, Alfaro said.

The gunman drove off in the victim’s burgundy van.

The 28-year-old was shot in the lower left leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

No one was in custody as of early Monday, and the detectives were still investigating .  

Earlier, a 24-year-old man walked into Provident Hospital of Cook County after being wounded in a shooting he said happened in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

Police were notified of the incident about 9:30 p.m. The man told police the shooting in the 5400 block of South Prairie Avenue, police said, citing preliminary information.  

He was shot in the right thigh and had a graze wound to the torso.

No other information was immediately available.

Around 6 p.m., a 24-year-old man was wounded in shooting in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The man was walking in the 12000 block of South Parnell Avenue when a gunman approached and shot him, Alfaro said.

The man was shot in the buttocks and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

No one was in custody as a result of the shooting, authorities said.

Around 4:50 p.m., a man and woman were shot in the Englewood neighborhood, police said.

The shooting happened near Lafayette Avenue and 55th Street, police said. A 24-year-old woman had a gunshot wound to her elbow and a 27-year-old man was shot in the neck and buttocks, Alfaro said.

The two were walking in the area when they turned into an alley and heard gunshots. They then realized they had been wounded, Alfaro said. 

The two were taken to Stroger Hospital where their conditions stabilized, Alfaro said. 

Earlier, two boys who were playing basketball about 2:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Harding Avenue when a gunman approached on foot and shot them, police said.  A 13-year-old boy was shot in the knee and a 15-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks.

They were both in good condition at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said.

In another attack, a 21-year-old man was wounded when someone in a black car opened fire during a gang-related drive-by at 1:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of South Kedvale Avenue, police said.

The man, 21, who had been standing on the corner in the Little Village neighborhood when he was shot, had minor injuries and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. No one is in custody, police said. 

Earlier, about 12:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Flournoy Street in the Homan Square neighborhood, a man was fatally shot, according to police.

The 20-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene with multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The man was identified as Timothy Triplett, of the 4400 block of West Adams Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He had been shot four or five times while on foot by a shooter who was also on foot, police said.



Rev. Bryant ends eulogy with “No justice, no peace!”


“No justice, no peace,” declared Rev. Jamal Bryant at the end of his eulogy for Freddie Gray, a statement which won’t ease tensions as violent protests rock Baltimore, Md.

“No justice! No justice!” He yelled to those in attendence, prompting them to yell “No peace!”

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Thousands attended Monday’s service for Gray, the 25-years-old who died April 19 after Baltimore police broke his neck, severed his spine, bruised his brain, snapped his leg and crushed his larynx.

“Aside from what was a obviously brutal attack, the fact that medical professionals and an ambulance were not immediately called to the scene is criminal in itself,” Steve Watson reported. “The police report states that the arrest took place at 8:54am, but an ambulance was not called to the Western District police station until half an hour later at 9:24am.”

In response, rioters destroyed local businesses, vandalized parked cars and attacked innocent bystanders, behavior which won’t solve anything.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake admitted that city officials and police gave rioters “space to destroy” private property.

“While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on,” she said at a press conference on Saturday. “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”