Chicago violence claims innocent and guilty in the Wild, Wild Midwest

Chicago Violence - Screen capture
Chicago Violence - Screen capture

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 — Chicago is becoming a national story as media highlight incredible violence in the Windy City. The violence is killing gang-bangers and the innocent alike. This epidemic is killing and drastically wounding both the innocent and the criminal.

Over the last weekend, 82 people were shot, 14 fatally. That sounds like a headline from the Middle East; it’s a headline from the Mid-West. It’s from Chicago, one of America’s greatest cities. Two 16-year-old boys are among the dead.

Chicago is a city of great architecture, great food, wonderful people, and a heritage enriched by ethnic neighborhoods and the earnest to bring all races and ethnicities into full economic and political involvement.

Chicago is the city of big shoulders. Now those shoulders carry gun holsters, and Chicagoans are being riddled with bullet holes.

The Chicago Tribune and WGN News report that, starting on Thursday, July 3 and through the Fourth of July weekend, fourteen people were fatally shot. Reports are of as many as 50 people being wounded.

Twenty people were shot, one fatally, from Friday afternoon until Saturday.

Saturday to Sunday, four more people were killed and ten more wounded.

Beginning at 2:30 on Sunday, the city experienced a horrific period that lasted until the early morning: four dead, 26 wounded.

Peter Nickeas of the Tribune, writes, “For 10 minutes, it seemed like the shooting was everywhere in the South Chicago neighborhood.”

The city’s response was heavy and armed as early this morning, “SUVs packed with lockers of rifles (rolled in). SWAT teams in green coveralls patrolled the streets with uniformed officers.”

Uniformed tactical teams were called out.

Some of those killed and wounded are:

– Joey Henderson, 24, who was pronounced dead early Monday morning.

– A 66 year old woman was grazed by a bullet as she walked up her porch stairs.

– A 21-year-old woman was killed before the weekend started, either Thursday night or early Friday morning in East Garfield Park.

– A woman, aged 44, was fatally shot in the body, killed while she stood against a car. It is not clear if she was the target, or collateral damage.

– Shiquille I. Salter, 23, was killed on Friday while sitting on his porch just after 11:00pm. As police were responding to that shooting, gunfire wounded another man about a block away. The wounded man was dropped off at an area hospital around 11:20pm.

– Near Lake Street and Laramie, in the early evening on Sunday, 21-year-old Donald Ray was pronounced dead after being shot while sitting in a car. He was shot in the head. Another person in the car was shot in the thigh but is reported to be in stable condition.

– John. H Stroker, Jr. was taken to the hospital at 3:30 this morning after being shot in the buttocks in Greektown. No details are available.

–  Two teens were shot just after midnight, July 7, in a drive-by shooting. The 16-year-old suffered a gunshot to his leg, the 19-year-old suffered a shot to his torso.

– Warren Robinson, 16, was fatally shot when he refused to drop a gun after being pursued by police in connection with a previous shooting. Robinson was found by police hiding under a car, started to come out with a .380 caliber handgun, and reportedly aimed it at police officers.

– Pedro Rios,14, was shot and killed by police after pointing a .44 caliber revolver with an 8- or 10-inch barrel at pursuing officers.

Chicago has concealed carry laws. A member of the military with a concealed carry permit was visiting a party in West Pulman when Denzel A. Mickiel approached a woman in his group, started shouting obscenities, went into his house and returned with a gun, which he fired at the group.

Assistant States Attorney Mary Hain says that as the group took cover behind a vehicle, the military service person returned fire, striking Mickiel twice.

As the group left the area, two persons continued to shoot at the fleeing car. Mickiel survived but he is hospitalized and being held on $950,000 bail on an attempted murder charge.

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