Police Reviewing Video Of Stabbing On Boystown Strip

UPDATED 07/05/11 5:51 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – Police are analyzing a video clip of brawl on the Boystown strip of North Halsted, which ended in the stabbing of a 25-year-old man.

CBS 2’s Mike Parker talked to witnesses, including the man who shot the tape of the incident just before midnight Saturday night.

John Cunningham and his partner watched from their apartment balcony in the 3300 block of North Halsted Street – between Buckingham Place and Aldine Avenue – as a man in orange shorts became a target.

“There must have some been bumping of shoulders, a drink must have been spilled on someone, words exchanged,” he said. “Before you know it, the 20 individuals were attacking the gentleman and had him on the ground, where he was basically defenseless as they continued to pummel and kick on him.”

Cunningham’s partner, Rob Sall, said there were brawl participants who were “cheering and jumping up and down and screaming.”


The tape shows the victim, suffering stab wounds, running from the group across Halsted Street. He is pushed against a parked car before staggering and falling against the Sherwin-Williams paint store at 3311 N. Halsted St.

A video taken subsequently shows blood on the sidewalk and on the wall of the paint store.

Neighbor Kevin O’Brien calls the attack a “scary reality” and says there should be more Chicago beat cops assigned to the neighborhood.

Cunningham and Sall say they often carry video cameras in the neighborhood, trying to be the eyes and ears of police.

The victim’s stab wounds do not appear to be life threatening. At last report he was in good condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

Concerns About Crime Mounting, Highlighting Divisions
The attack spurred dozens of posts on the new Facebook page “Take Back Boystown,” where participants discuss crimes and possible solutions in the area.

On the wall for the Facebook group, one member went so far as to call for shutting down the Center on Halsted, the GLBT community center that opened with much fanfare in 2007, and which draws young people from all over the city.

And just the night before the stabbing, a “positive loitering” event was held along Halsted Street to protest crime and safety issues in Boystown.

The “positive loitering” event followed a well-publicized stabbing last month in front of the 7-11 store at 3407 N. Halsted St., which left a man hospitalized.

But some visitors to the area say the people complaining about crime are really highlighting differences in the area rather than bringing people together, and are profiling African-American youth from the city’s South and West sides who visit the neighborhood.

Another group, Gender JUST, organized a counterprotest at the anti-crime event to defend the youth, Gay Chicago Magazine reported over the weekend.

The magazine points out that tensions between youth and neighborhood residents are not new. For many years, gay and lesbian youth from various parts of the city come to Boystown in the evening hours, but end up hanging out on the sidewalk because they are not old enough to get into the bars.

  • tom Sharp

    Hey Rahm, this must be an aberration; according to you and the cops “Major crime is down in Chicago…”

    • Corner Wino

      first off they all gone’ll bes “honor students” when they take their GED in nine moths…these children need jobs and more welfare…..don’t make us call rev. ( got twenty) al, or father ( I’ll start my own cult) phelger)….

  • Diversity is Our Strength

    Kudos to CBS for allowing comments. The neurotic Tribune closed the message board on this story.

  • Ron

    Tom, STFU! This isn’t Rahm’s fault and crime is down overall. Anyway, good on the Lakeview/Boystown residents for not tolerating these type of things in their neighborhood, unlike the south and westside. Take control of your neihborhood before things get out of hand. I live in River North and even I will come to Lakeview and help the residents take back their neighborhood. Send those animals packing!

    • tom Sharp

      Obviously, you haven’t been reading the dozen or more major crimes listed here daily. Wake up! There are more major crimes here per capita than in Detroit!

      • Mr. Justice

        You are correct Tom. The post from Ron is irrelevant. He has no idea what he is talking about. Those of us who read the news stories over the past 3 months know crime is not dropping at all.

  • Larry

    Why do these animals attack people like this, i.e. in big groups against one guy? It’s disgusting. Kicking a guy down on the ground? Seriously? None of these guys does this if it’s a one on one confrontation. What a bunch of cowards.

  • Ron

    Obviously you’ve been keeping up with crime in Detroit, right? Is that why so far this year Detroit has almost the same amount of murders as Chicago even though Detroit is about three times smaller than Chicago? I’m aware of the crimes here but maybe you’re the one who needs to “wake up” because you seem to think crime only happens in the City of Chicago. Get out of Chicago for a bit and read other news sites and you’ll see how much safer Chicago feels.

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  • tom Sharp

    Hey Ron, no one was murdered in this incident. It’s just a gay flash mob (Black gang banger punks, white shirts and 2-digit IQs) No one beats Chicago’s numbers there! Even the sports teams here are stupid! I’ve been here too long and can’t leave thanks to the crooks in City Hall that manage to raise my property taxes exponentially while the value of my house drops!

    • Ron

      In other words, you’re just a bitter, grumpy old fool, correct? What does the sports teams have to do with anything? lol. Sounds to me like like you have some personal issues. Anyway, I can’t wait for you to leave either so I hope that makes you feel better.

      • tom Sharp

        Well Ron, the burden of proof is definitely on you! Virtually everyone but you, Rahm, and the police seem to know the score.HA HA !!!

        CHICAGO (STMW) — It was a violent holiday weekend in Chicago, with five men dead and at least another 23 people wounded in shootings and stabbings throughout the city since Friday afternoon. The homicide victims were men who ranged in age from 19 to 25 years old.

        The homicides include these incidents:

        • About 2:30 p.m. Friday, police found a 21-year-old man — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as David Cardine — unresponsive in a van in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

        Cardine, of 28 N. Chase Ave. in Lombard, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

        • About 11:15 p.m. Friday, a male shot two men in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street and fled south on foot, police said.

        One of the men — identified by the medical examiner’s office as Javone Oliphant — was shot multiple times, police said. The other man, 23, was shot in the buttocks and both legs and was treated and released from John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

        Oliphant, of 5011 W. Maypole Ave., was pronounced dead at 12:09 a.m. Saturday at Stroger Hospital, the medical examiner’s office said.

        • A man and woman sitting in a vehicle in the 8500 block of South Givins Court were shot about 5:25 a.m. Saturday, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

        The man was identified as Charles Bell, 25, of 15727 Turlington Ave. in Harvey, and was pronounced dead at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Center at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

        A 34-year-old woman was taken in an unidentified condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

        • About 8:50 a.m. Saturday, a man in his 20s was shot to death in a street in the Little Village neighborhood after exchanging some words with the driver of a van.

        The victim was crossing the street at South Karlov Avenue and West 30th Street when he and the driver of a van exchanged words, Mirabelli said.

        The driver of the van then shot the man in the head, Mirabelli said.

        The man — identified as Jose Moldonado, 22, of 3123 S. Kedvale Ave., was dead on the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

        • A man was fatally shot in the 6400 block of South Wolcott Avenue at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

        The man — identified as Ricardo Hall, 30, of 7914 S. Honore St.– suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m. Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.

        Several other violent incidents did not result in deaths:

        • About 6:05 p.m. Friday, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 4000 block of West West End Avenue, police said. Prior to the shooting, the man was arguing about money with the gunman.

        The man was taken in “stable” condition to Mount Sinai Hospital with gunshot wounds to both legs, police said.

        • About 7 p.m. Friday, a 22-year-old man standing on a corner in the 7700 block of South Essex Avenue ran when he heard gunshots, but still was shot in the leg, police said. He was taken in good condition to South Shore Hospital.

        • About an hour later, an 18-year-old man standing in a driveway in the 1400 block of West 61st Street was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said.

        • An 18-year-old man standing with a “large” group of people in the 6500 block of South Campbell Avenue was shot by a gunman on a bike about 8:35 p.m. Friday, police said. He was taken in “stable” condition to Christ Medical Center.

        • About 10:05 p.m. Friday, a man in his 20s was shot in the 3100 block of South Kedvale Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

        • About 10 minutes later, a 17-year-old boy was standing in the street in the 1800 block of South Allport Street when a male passenger in a sport-utility vehicle yelled gang slogans and shot him, police said.

        The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition with gunshot wounds to the head and back, police said.

        • Just before noon Saturday a young man was shot near a South Side alley.

        The shooting occurred near in an alley on the 1300 block of West 81st Street, Mirabelli said.

        The victim, who was believed to be between 16 and 25 years old, suffered a gunshot wound to his right side, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in an unidentified condition, though according to preliminary information his condition was “stable,” Mirabelli said.

        • A 28-year-old man was shot in the ankle about 11:10 p.m. Saturday in the 7600 block of South Marquette Avenue and was taken in good condition to Jackson Park Hospital, police said.

        • About 11:40 p.m. Saturday, a 24-year-old man was shot multiple times in the 3400 block of West Chicago Avenue, police said.

        The man was initially taken in critical condition to Loretto Hospital and was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

        • About 1 a.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder and taken to a local hospital in good condition after the car he was riding in was chased by another near East 87th Street and South Stony Island Avenue.

        The two cars were going west on 87th Street when the car being chased attempted to turn onto Stony Island, Mirabelli said. At that point a third vehicle, which was not involved in the chase, crashed into the car being chased.

        The occupants of the car chasing that car then got out, approached the car they were chasing, and opened fire, wounding the victim.

        • At 6:15 p.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was walking in the 6300 block of South Carpenter Street when he was approached by an assailant who displayed a gun, opened fire and fled the scene, according to police. He was taken in “stable” condition to Stroger Hospital with two gunshot wounds to the body.

        • At 8:25 p.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the head in the 0-100 block of East 119th Street, Zala said.

        The man was taken in critical condition to Christ Medical Center, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado said

        • A man walked into a South Side hospital Sunday evening with gunshot wounds to the elbow and side, police said.

        He told police shooting happened about 7:40 p.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue when someone approached and opened fire. He was able to drive himself to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was treated for the gunshot wounds, police said.

        • About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, a man and woman were wounded during a drive-by shooting. A vehicle was stopped in traffic in the 7100 block of South Greenwood Avenue when another vehicle pulled alongside and someone inside opened fire, according to a police. The second vehicle, of an unknown make and model, then fled the scene.

        A 21-year-old man was shot in the right leg and a 19-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks, police said. Both were taken in “stable” condition to Stroger Hospital.

        • A man drove himself to a hospital late Sunday after he was shot while grabbing the gun from a man who was trying to rob him on the South Side.

        The 33-year-old man was parked in a vehicle in the 7100 block of South Wentworth Avenue about 11:15 p.m. Sunday when a man approached with a handgun and demanded money, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

        The gunman opened fire when the man in the car reached for the weapon, police said. The gunman then fled the scene and the man in the vehicle — who was shot in the forearm — drove himself to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition, according to police.

        • About 11:55 p.m. Sunday a 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight on a Lake View street late Sunday.

        The victim was involved in a physical altercation on the 3300 block of North Halsted Street when he was stabbed, police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

        The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition, according to police.

        • A 21-year-old woman was critically injured in a shooting early Monday on the West Side. She was standing in the 4800 block of West Augusta Boulevard when someone inside a light-colored vehicle opened fire at 12:54 a.m. Monday, police said. She was shot multiple times in the back and side and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said.

        • About 5:02 a.m. Monday a man was stabbed on the West Side. The victim, whose age was unknown, was stabbed on the 4000 block of West Roosevelt Road, Baety said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in an unspecified condition.

        • About 3:20 p.m. Monday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the 9700 block of South Merrion Avenue, police said. He was taken in good condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital, police said.

        • Monday afternoon, an 18-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood.

        The man was shot at 3:37 p.m. in the 4800 block of South Damen Avenue, Zala said.

        The man was taken in serious to critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Fire Media Affairs Cmdr. Will Knight said. The shooting may have been a drive-by, said Zala, citing preliminary information.

        Chicago Police detectives are investigating, but they have not announced any arrests or charges related to any of the incidents.

        (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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    • Someone

      Tom, St. Louis was named most dangerous city this year based on crime stats. Do some research first, Tom, before you make claims. Value of some houses are still good, it depends on the location. Some locations are hot and are in demand. No one is forcing you to live here, you can just sell at a loss and move to St. Louis. One less “negative” person here.

    • Someone

      What is your point Tom of posting that long article? The article mentioned incidents in Harvey and Lombard — that’s not Chicago. Most, except for maybe 2, of the incidents happened in the South Side and West Side which are bad/poor areas to begin with. Those areas are most times violent. Violence there is nothing new. It happens often there that the news will not always report on it daily but I guess you’re too naive to realize that violence occurs there regularly just because you don’t hear about it on the news. Do you live around those areas that you feel that you are directly/personally affected by that violence? By the way, violence happens in every city. Don’t be naive.

      • rc

        If you read carefully, you’ll see that one murder victim was from Lombard but was killed in Chicago.

        “About 2:30 p.m. Friday, police found a 21-year-old man — identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as David Cardine — unresponsive in a van in the 1300 block of South Independence Boulevard, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

        Cardine, of 28 N. Chase Ave. in Lombard, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the medical examiner’s office.”

        Why was he there?

        “Do you live around those areas that you feel that you are directly/personally affected by that violence?”

        No part of the city is safe. It’s just a question of higher and lower probabilities. The savages and feral beasts are now everywhere in greater numbers.

  • Someone

    And your point still doesn’t refute that it’s not either South Side nor West Side areas. Who cares why he was there. The crime happened there. What’s your point? And like I mentioned, “crime happens in every city,” I never mentioned it doesn’t happen elsewhere in the city. From that article, it is highly evident that it happens in “certain” parts of the city. What’s your proof that it’s in greater numbers? Just because it’s being televised on the news more now? Crime happens often, not all will be reported by victims nor reported by the news. Just because you hear it more often on the news now doesn’t mean the times that it has happened in the past and was not on the news…does not mean it never happened.

  • Citizen for a livable chicago

    Hey this is chicago, When they say crime is down, its is really up. When theu say crime is up, its really really up..

    • CT Rancher

      So it’s opposite land?

      Hot snow falls up?

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/04/5-dead-23-wounded-in-holiday-weekend-violence/ 5 Dead, 23 Wounded In Holiday Weekend Violence « CBS Chicago

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  • Mr. Reality

    It will take many years or a complete overhaul of the chicago police to repair the damage that Jody Weis did to the city. “Crime is down “, is the most hilarious lie ever told. Things will get a lot worse. You dopes sucked it all up.

  • CT Rancher

    shot in the buttocks

  • CT Rancher

    That part of the comments was pretty fitting for this story.

    Two things that I know:
    1) hate crimes are a scourge on our entire society and
    2) the perps in this incident must have been dressed absolutely FABULOUSLY!!!

  • Nick Thompson

    The fight started when 2 guys discovered they were wearing the same ascot.

    • Cameltoe Rancher


  • Uncle J.

    not sure what the blacks have against the gays, if the blacks only put a fraction of their time to an education rather than organizing these useless mobs than maybe we would move this country in the right direction. However, they continue failing themselves and their communities. I am appalled that my fellow blacks make my hard work go to waste and I get judged each time I walk down the street.

  • Typical Knee Grows

    Is anybody really surprised by the behavior of these animals? Actually, if you are a registered Democrat or a yuppie, you probably are surprised. Keep voting for Democrats and you’ll end up with more of the same. Another thing to keep in mind: Blacks vote for Democrats at a 95% rate. Do you really think that you belong in the same voting block as the animals in the video above?

  • Democrat Sheep

    I’d rather be “racist” and safe than “open minded” and a victim. Chicago, stop voting for Democrats so that you can exercise your 2nd amendment right to defend yourself properly.

    • rc

      Well said. Political correctness demands that we abandon all common sense.

    • Mr. Justice

      I agree with you. Be Safe and Lock and Load.

  • Centurion

    David Cardine was killed near heroin highway. The stretch of street called Independence is an open market to buy weed, coke, crack, heroin, ICE, and Ho’s Shop at your own risk.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/05/friend-of-boystown-stabbing-victim-says-attack-not-isolated-incident/ Friend Of Boystown Stabbing Victim Says Attack Not Isolated Incident « CBS Chicago

    […] Meantime, a friend of the victim said this past weekend’s attack was not an isolated incident. Just before midnight Saturday night, a 25-year-old man was stabbed during a brawl on the 3300 block … […]

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/06/neighbors-police-to-address-violence-in-boystown/ Neighbors, Police To Address Violence In Boystown « CBS Chicago

    […] On Tuesday, Town Hall District Police Cmdr. Kathleen Boehmer said police are working several leads i… […]

  • Amanda

    How can we expect our young people to get along in the streets if you all can’t even get along in a comment section? Instead of arguing about to crime rates, get out there and mentor a troubled youth. I know it works because I am a mentor and have personally seen kids turn their lives around. It’s much more effective getting out there doing something instead of arguing online.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/07/boys-town-safety-group-seeks-watchful-eyes-of-dog-owners/ Boys Town Safety Group Seeks Watchful Eyes Of Dog Owners « CBS Chicago

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  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/08/charges-coming-in-boystown-beating-stabbing/ Charges Coming In Boystown Beating, Stabbing « CBS Chicago

    […] The attack was captured on videotape and has since gone viral, prompting concerns about safety in th… […]

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/07/08/lakeview-stabbing-victim-im-happy-that-im-alive/ Lakeview Stabbing Victim: ‘I’m Happy That I’m Alive’ « CBS Chicago

    […] = { templates: { twitter: "{{title}} {{url}}" } }; }CHICAGO (CBS) – The stabbing victim from last weekend’s videotaped brawl in Boystown says he is grateful police have a suspect in […]

  • John Coban

    I c this all the time at the Belmont Redline station. Fights, drug dealing, robberies, heavy prostituting, illegal activities and so on! its sad how the alderman lets this behavior get out of control and ignores these issues that are there in clear sight law enforcement does some work to break it but they hate the issue they cant really do much because how the alderman has his foot in the door. NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING BECAUSE THIS BEHAVIOR BRINGS IN BUSINESS TO THE NIGHT CLUBS AND BARS… AS well keeps the alderman safe with up coming elections but that’s what i am thinking the reason is if not shame on me but i feel that plays a large part cause that’s the large issue at hand that i hear from the police officers of the 19th district.

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