Pastor Camped Out On Rooftop Witnesses Crime In Progress

CHICAGO (CBS) — A South Side pastor has been camping out on the roof of a motel for the past three months to help stop violence in the community.

But as CBS 2’s Kris Habermehl reports, on Thursday the rooftop perch gave Rev. Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church of a crime in progress.

Brooks is camped out on the roof of the shuttered Super Motel, 6625 S. King Dr. He wants to see it turned into a community center.

On Thursday night, an 18-year-old boy with whom the pastor was acquainted was a couple of blocks north of the motel, in the 6400 block of King Drive, when he was shot and wounded in the latest act of apparently random violence in the West Woodlawn neighborhood.

Brooks tweeted extensively about the shooting after he saw police and fire vehicles racing to the scene.

“There was a shooting!!!! 1 block down the street…. Pray they are still ALIVE!” he tweeted.

A couple of hours later, Brooks came down from the roof to see the young man in the hospital;.

“Please pray! This young man is still alive he has been shot n the head but the doctors have stabilized him. We need,” he tweeted.

Upon returning, Brooks urged people to pray for the victim, and to donate to his effort Brooks’ effort to revive the old motel for a new purpose – called Project HOOD, short for Helping Others Obtain Destiny.

“I’m back in the tent, praying and going to bed. Please give to so we can help stop this madness!!! Thank you!” Brooks tweeted.

On Friday morning, Brooks emphasized that action needs to be taken.

“It’s really sad that more is not being done to stop these shootings,” he tweeted. “But as I always say ‘we can’t wait on anyone to stop it for us.’”

Since Brooks went up on the roof, he has encountered more than just cold weather. On New Year’s Eve, he said there was so much gunfire that he took cover under his futon.

But he has also received extensive donations and kudos. In January, he was joined on the roof by Gov. Pat Quinn to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brooks says he will stay on top of the motel until he raises $450,000 for the community center.

  • THEE Yard Ape

    Sorry Rev, although your intentions are good, your flock (tribe) is NOT!!!

  • Afro

    Camping out on a roof to stop crime, some people will do anything just for attention. I see being on that roof has really stopped a lot of crime, it’s a good thing you are up there Rev. I wonder how much crime you have prevented thus far, you are absolutely the most. Why didn’t anyone else ever think of stopping crime in this fashion? Hell lets put CPD on the rooftops and arm them with a 700 or 308. I bet that could help more, and we could have a new Lottery.

    • Tasos

      Actually, the good Pastor Brooks reportedly went to the roof to persuade the owner of the vacant property to offer it to the Pastor’s flock, which has its church building across the street, and/or persuade others to offer donations, so Pastor Brooks and his flock may purchase the property and then convert into a community center.

      Pastor Brooks has shared his hopes to fight crime in his community through redirecting energy of local tweens and teens, and setting them on a path toward more positive pursuits through the proposed community center. Brook’s intentions are seemingly noble. His goals are honorable, and his actions, far from silly, are laudable.

      We should praise men and women of vision and faith, who endeavor to improve the lives of their community members. In doing so, they also improve Chicago. We also should fairly and reasonably keep in mind that imperfect members of Brook’s flock and of other Christian flocks across America worship Jesus. Neither Brook’s nor his flock members have reportedly claimed to be Jesus.

  • juju

    Nice comments from a couple of basement dwellers. Say hi to you mother.

  • Just Axin

    Good one YApe! You might have to have a higher end scope that will identify juju when he’s on his tummy at cook county jail.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      INDEED !!! The Rev is lucky that one his flock of negros didn’t steal his IPhone!!! Atleast he could still “tweet”, LOL !!!!!

  • illinois voter

    Simple solution:make and force th future thugs to stay in school or put thm in jail,if they cannot finish an 8 grade level.must well lock them all out of force them to join any armed forces of the mighty U.S.A

  • juju

    You guys are funny. You need to go on cable. Local access. Remember to film it where you never go-the toilet. Bet you sure look pretty to your cousins. Do you have a big forehead?

  • Harriet Tubman/John Brown

    Yes, and we are getting ready to kill your ass.

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