Sunday, April 20, 2008

STOP THE PRESSES: Chicago Gun-Control Doesn't Stop Shooting Rampage....

CHICAGO (CBS) ― " A violent and deadly weekend continues in Chicago. At least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed, since Saturday morning. Two others were stabbed in a home invasion. This comes after at least 20 people were shot, four of them killed, from Friday night through early Saturday.

A 28-year-old man was shot and killed at an auto body repair shop on the Southwest Side Saturday morning. Raul Lemus was shot in the stomach at 2520 W. 59th St. at about 11:20 a.m.

Lemus, of 4630 S. Talman Av., died several hours later at Stroger Hospital, making him the sixth person killed in Chicago since Friday night. Police said the shooting appeared to be gang related.

Also Saturday morning, Michael Giles, 26, was shot and killed inside his home at 336 N. Avers Av. Harrison Area detectives are investigating.

In another case, a suspect toting an AK-47 has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder after allegedly killing a man and shooting at police. Bennie Teague, 39, was denied bond in the case Sunday afternoon.

It's amazing no one was hurt during the shootout between police and Teague, who was firing an assault rifle. Police say the gunman opened fire on them Friday night at 110th and South Union. They tracked him down after he allegedly shot and killed 34-year-old Marcus Hendricks inside a plumbing business a few blocks away.

The 34-year-old from Flossmoor died after being shot just blocks from a police-involved shooting on the Far South Side. He died at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 8 p.m., a Cook County Medical Examiner's office spokesman said.

"All I could say is he's a nice guy," said neighbor Amos Williams.

The recent gunfire has rattled nerves throughout the Roseland neighborhood.

"It's not that all the area, all the streets are bad," Williams said. "It's that you get bad elements coming through your street."

"My son is in 8th grade, about to go to high school. As a parent, I'm very concerned," said neighbor Charles Thomas.

Also, Friday night, two teens were gunned down in front of a church in the 7500 block of South Phillips.

Police say gunmen jumped out of a car and opened fire in front of the Free Salvation Methodist Baptist Church. One of the teens suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and back, the other was shot in the neck, police said.

Melvin Thomas, of 14922 Washington Ave. in Harvey was pronounced dead at the Stein Institute at 1:20 a.m. Rhonell Savala, of 9750 S. Hoxie Ave. in Chicago, was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. Saturday at the Stein Institute.

Chicago police are now stepping up patrols in areas that they call "hot zones." Police blame the warmer temperatures for the spike in violence."

Ah, I KNEW there had to be a good reason, and darn if the police didn't figure it all out.

It got warmer.

Nothing to do with the animals that live there, or the fact that only after the fact does LE patrol the well-know 'hot zones'. No siree. All came as a total shock. Right, Monique?

"To put the shooting in perspective, you have to consider this was a 17-hour window," said Chicago Police spokesperson Monique Bond about the number of shootings.

Chicago police are now stepping up patrols in areas that they call "hot zones." Police blame the warmer temperatures for the spike in violence.

"We know that we're approaching warmer weather, the summer season. We know that this is going to be a very busy season for the Chicago Police Department. There's no doubt about that," Bond said."

See? Doesn't even have to be blazingly hot, just APPROACHING blazingly hot.

ANY excuse but the real ones.

DAMN that Global-Warming all to hell.

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