At Least 10 Dead, Dozens Wounded In Weekend Violence

UPDATED 03/19/12 1:06 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Activist priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger is calling for action from everyone in Chicago to stem the violence on city streets, after a weekend in which 10 people were killed and some 40 others were wounded.

“My God!” Pfleger said. “We should be outraged!”

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Pfleger says no matter where you live – be it in the city or suburbs – you need to get involved. He says violence, even if not present, now, could soon be knocking at your back door.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

“All we’re seeing is shaking of heads and teddy bears and balloons becoming the landmarks of our neighborhoods. That’s not normal,” Pfleger said. “We’ve got to understand gunshots and sirens and helicopters is not normal. We are living in a third-world mentality right now.”

Pfleger wants to know why politicians – Democratic and Republican – are silent on the issue.

The majority of shootings in the city between Friday evening and early Monday morning happened on the city’s South Side, but areas from West Rogers Park to Humboldt Park also saw gun violence. The youngest victim was a 6-year-old girl, who was likely the innocent victim of gang violence in the Little Village neighborhood.

Neighbors said Aliyah Shell was playing on the porch of her house in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue around 3:40 p.m. Saturday, while her parents sat nearby on the front steps. A small gray pickup truck stopped in the street, and someone inside got out and fired four shots – two of them hitting the little girl.

Aliyah was struck twice and initially was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said. She was pronounced dead at 5:24 p.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Detectives recovered a gun and were questioning two teenage boys who have been charged in the shooting. The suspects are Juan Barraza, 18, and a 16-year-old boy who was already wanted on a previous arrest warrant.

Police say both teens are affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang.

Besides the death of the 6-year-old girl, this weekend’s fatal shootings include:

• Joel Sanroman, 42, who was shot in the head early Saturday as he drove in the 3100 block of West 53rd Street in the Gage Park neighborhood.

• Adrian Cruz, 24, who was shot multiple times around 7 p.m. Saturday while standing in the 5900 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago Lawn.

• Vincent Fitts, 22, who was found shot in the head at 7:50 p.m. Saturday near 79th and Cottage Grove Avenue.

• Jeremy Anthony, 24, who police believe drove himself to University of Chicago Medicine after being shot in the back while sitting in his car in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

• Bert Lindsey, 36, who was killed early Sunday from shots fired from a passing vehicle into a backyard party in the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in Auburn-Gresham. He suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was pronounced dead at at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

• Equilla Coleman, 24, and two others who were found shot early Sunday in the 1400 block of West 53rd Street after police nearby heard gunfire and found them with gunshot wounds.

• Anthony Scott, 19, who died Sunday — two days after he was shot in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue by in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, when a man who called him over to his vehicle.

• George Marrero, 27, who was killed at 10:50 p.m. Sunday during a gang-related drive-by shooting in the 1300 block of North Harding Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Police were questioning two people early Monday, but no charges had been filed.

• An unidentified 34-year-old man was shot multiple times in the chest at an unspecified location about 1:35 a.m. Monday. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later died.

Among non-fatal shootings, police Monday morning were talking with two persons of interest after a mother and her baby were shot in broad daylight in the East Chatham neighborhood. The shooting took place at 3:22 p.m. near 79th Street and South Maryland Avenue, police said.

The child was taken to University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital, and the mother was taken to University of Chicago Medicine, said Fire Media Affairs spokesman Will Knight. Police said both were in good condition.

Other non-fatal struck areas of the city from Jefferson Park to West Pullman. Most recently, a man was shot in both legs about 1:45 a.m. while sitting in Ogden Park in the South Side Englewood neighborhood, police said. He was taken in serious condition Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

Also early Monday, two men were shot during an argument in the 7900 block of South Shore Drive. One man, 30, was shot in the ankle while another man was expected to be transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for a gunshot wound to either his neck or chest.

At least 34 others were wounded in shootings since Friday evening.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • tom sharp

    Come on Top Cop. Tell us again how “violent crime is down in Chicago”!!!

    • Defenter

      They managed to arrest two suspects in the murder of a six-year-old girl this weekend.
      They also arrested a reporter and a camera man for reporting the story. Good going CPD. That showed them. Report on crime, get arrested. Do crime, send a C note to the Madigan and you get off by watching the movie.

    • Sickened

      Just a few weeks ago the top cop was on this channel boasting how using their new strategy from a book from some clown in New York has brought murders down to almost nill. He touted a week in 2011 and compared it to 2012. Anyone with a half ounce of sense can pick a bad week last year and a good one this year. Disappointed CBS didn’t point that out.

    • Dan Cox

      Concealed Carry Now! CONCEALED CARRY NOW! It is LEGAL,in 49 States. Guess where it is not legal to defend yourself and your family. In the Land of Lincoln. Lawmakers set us free to defend our right to live. Pass Concealed Carry NOW!

      • CPD

        Yes,agreed.pass the gun law for conceal to carry gun.

    • Dan Cox

      Check out http://WWW.what will it for very alarming proof of why women need CCW

  • malcom

    Remember when on the coldest day of the year the CPD took credit because no one was murdered? they said it was because of good police work. So they should now take the blame for this because it’s bad police work , right? over 10,000 people have died during the daley jr. era. Yet where was the outrage for his policies? now the new mayor should blame daley because he ‘INHERITED’ the crime. Using resources to money grab people under the guise of DUI checkpoints was a joke. Use the resources where the crime IS not where you think it is.

  • Tom

    Im going to go with 10 and 22 by midnight Sunday. Im basing these numbers on some retalitory shootings between now and then.

  • malcom

    wow, cbs liberals removed comments . shocking!!!

  • saywhat3

    Mighty McCarthy is really going to do some tough talking now. He’s going to have those gang bangers quaking in their boots.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    CBS can remove all the comments they want but nothing can spoil this good mood!!!!!

    7 dead? Dozens wounded???? It’s only noon can’t wait to get a final reading at midnight!!!!!!!!

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  • Centurion

    Pfleger, oh Father Pfleger…where are you Father Pfleger?

    • German Leprechaun

      Holed up in his bulletproof bunker, assembling Easter baskets!!

      • Centurion

        oh that was good….dang it, i spit water on my keyboard…i gotta stop drinking and reading..i am ruining more keyboards that way.

      • German Leprechaun

        One new keyboard, comin’ right up!!!

    • German Leprechaun

      Wait!!! Here comes Father PHLEGMer!!! Thank God we have him to breathe some sense into all this violence!!!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        And as I always say – FUK Pfleger!!!!

  • whatfor

    sad just plain sad. more black men dying off in the streets of chicago. Too many guns and too many punks. This truly should be a national outcry.

    • jww

      Guns, what guns? There are not guns in Chicago.

  • James

    Chickens comin’ home to roost!

  • fed up

    Thank God this is caujsed by warm weather and not the fact that some people in our society are just plain criminal and animalistic by nature. We can look forward to cold weather when they will still be killing each other but they will ahve to use another excuse-like the white man made me do it. This is why segregation is the only way to go..

    • Christian

      And comments like this show why they use to sterilize mentally handicap people…

      • German Leprechaun

        So, I take it you’ve been sterilized??

  • Gabe

    And it’s only 80 degrees.

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  • Just Teach!

    Hurting for the families of all. It doesn’t have to be this way. Please don’t retaliate, allow God to pass judgement her way!

    • German Leprechaun

      “Her” way? God’s an old, wise, White man with a beard, dammit. Every red-blooded American knows that!!!

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  • Just Axin

    Just Teach needs to Just Go to Bed. If she really cares, she’d buy nonrefundable 1 way tickets to an african country. Let them live up to their self-proclaimed, “African American” origins when they leave Chgo for a more welcoming location.

    • German Leprechaun

      Gosh — what could be MORE welcoming than Sanctuary City Chicago?

  • chimitzy

    Rest in peace Anthony. You are loved and will always be remembered. The family will miss you very much. We were a loving son and a wonderful young man.

  • BW

    How’s that gun control working out for you, Chicago? Lemme let you in on a little secret: Thugs and criminals don’t care how many times or different ways you regulate us law abiding folk, they’re never gonna stop carrying guns and shooting each other and those around them.

  • jww

    How can this be, there are no guns in Chicago, Mayor Rahm told me so.

  • saywhat3

    Most Conceal and Carry proponents here will never go into the neighborhoods where this violence is happening. Or once conceal and carry is legal. Are you going to leave the suburbs and rural areas, come into the hood and play Charles Bronson.

    • Tim

      Don’t be so sure….. not most but more than you think. IL CCW is not about looking for trouble, Charles Bronson style. It is about the opportunity to survive and not become a victim. When victims start shooting back, we’ll see how tough it is in the hood. An armed society is a polite society. Let’s start being polite to each other. If one of the victims of the Fileines Basement shooting in Orland Park would have been able to defend themselves, there may have been a different ending. By the way, did they ever catch the killer? NO, he is still out there.

    • erniedog

      I’m not surprised at the lack of responses to this comment.

  • Jay

    Who ever said racism no longer existed just because there is a Black man as President? Lol

    • THEE Yard Ape

      Idiot!!! You have a racist black man as president!!!!

      • German Leprechaun

        Oh, I can arrange a reading tutor for ya, too, should you require… BWA-ha-ha-ha-ha

      • Michael

        Last week or so, ‘ol Pres announced African Americans for Obama. I haven’t seen any other presidents announce white Americans for white Pres? Maybe I’m overly sensitive but that’s about as racially charged, biased and discriminatory as I’ve seen.

        Despite what he says, this Pres is the most divisive, racially biased and opaque(opposite of transparent) that has ever existed.

        Christian must live in a hole.

      • German Leprechaun

        Yard, I just finished that book… an important (and scary) “inside” look at Eric Holder’s BS. CPL has 2 copies downtown (call no. KF5107.A712). Have it sent up to Roden!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Mr Leprecaun – WOW, you are almost as “articulate” as that mouthy liberal @ ss hole hoth!!! LOL !!!

        Thnx for providing additional info, but these POS will never learn!!!

      • German Leprechaun

        @Christian — If you require FURTHER edification, read “Injustice” by J. Christian Adams, the attorney in the DOJ Voting Rights Section who resigned in disgust over how the “New Black Panther” case was handled!! Smart yourself up a little before insulting other people who post here!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @useless liberals (you know who you are) – you want to talk racism?? How about the FACT that 95% of all blacks voted for NObama simply because he was black?? Ofcourse, no racism involved there, right?? You stupid, silly @ ss holes!!!!

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @Christian – How the DOJ handled the black panther voter intimidation case. The orders to drop that came straight from the top. Happy now @ ss hole??I’m sure you’ll say that wasn’t racist because it favored the ni @@ ers, how about reverse racism?? Unicorns seem to exist for the NObama supporters who also live in jelly bean patches.

        @hoth – I see that you’re back again you mouthy c#nt.

      • Hoth Industries

        Idiot! You have a racist in POS APE.

      • Christian

        I think you have the term idiot confused with your self-realization. Name one thing racist the our President has done…you can’t! All of your comments and others on here just show how ignorant we as humans are. This is 2012, yet you still make comments like you still believe the Earth is still flat and that unicorns exist. I hope you are just making these comments to try to be funny, but I might be giving you too much credit. Leave the jokes to the comedians and try to reply with comments that actually show some thought process….

  • hipshotpercusion

    I live in Sarasota county FL. It is a very populous place, and I carry a gun every where. We have no local police in my town; only the Sheriff. Our Sheriff felt bad because crime went up a little last year. There were only 7 murders of all kinds last year. Concealed Carry works very well for us. We police ourselves. Get with it IL!

    • hipshotpercusion

      By the way….I forgot to mention, I’m a former resident of the Chicago area, and I’m glad I’m down here.

      • jgm289

        Say hi to Belle Starr for me :)

      • saywhat3

        You’re an idiot. Come to the west side of Chicago with you’re concealed gun and they’ll take it away from you and whip your a@@.

  • Jmason

    Just wait until summer and it get really hot. The shotten well go up so much. Then they well said we need for guns laws. But not the right to carry a gun.

  • Jackie

    Never mind, the injustices in Syria, Gaza and other parts of the globe; we need to concentrate on the wars taking place on our OWN streets…here in Chicago! Countless young lives are being destroyed, families are being torn apart. It is time that the nation’s attention – both in Washington and in our own backyard – shift towards the carnage occurring in our neighborhoods. A peace treaty is needed on the North Side, South Side and in the suburbs, between gangs; between residents and the youths living within their communities.

  • erniedog

    If you take their guns away they’ll use knives, if you take their knives away they’ll use stones.

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