13 Killed, At Least 58 Wounded In Citywide Shootings This Weekend
Updated 07/08/14 – 6:48 a.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 14 people were killed and 58 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over the long holiday weekend, from Thursday evening through early Monday morning.
There were also six police-involved shootings, two of them involving teens who were killed.
In the most recent fatal shooting, 24-year-old Joey Henderson was shot in the back, right arm, chest, and eye while he was standing on the 8400 block of South Buffalo Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Police believe the shooter approached him from a nearby gangway and opened fire. The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:33 a.m.
Authorities have not yet released the man’s name.
In other fatal shootings:
• Cassius White, 19, was standing with a 16-year-old boy on a sidewalk in the Washington Heights neighborhood around 12:40 a.m. Monday, when someone in a gray sedan drove by and shot them in the 9600 block of South Sangamon Street. White was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 6 a.m. The 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg, and not seriously wounded.
• Tonya Gunn, 44, was at a barbecue around 12:30 a.m. Monday in the Morgan Park neighborhood, when someone shot her as she was leaning into a car in a parking lot near 109th and Throop. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
• William Allen, 25, was shot in the 3000 block of East 81st Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead Monday afternoon.
• Shiquille Salter, 23, was shot several times in the chest around 9 p.m. Sunday while he was standing on a corner in the 300 block of West 116th Street. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
• Two men were sitting in a car in the 5200 block of West Lake Street Sunday evening, when someone walked up and opened fire. Donald Ray, 21, man was shot in the head, and pronounced dead at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. The other man was not seriously injured.
• Kezon Lamb, 19, was sitting in a vehicle with a female in the 4400 block of North Malden Street about 12:20 a.m. when a gunman walked up and fired shots, authorities said. Lamb, of the 4100 block of West 127th Street in Alsip, was shot in the back and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 a.m., authorities said.
• Anthony Hobson, 25, was riding a bike in the 10400 block of South Normal Avenue about 11:35 p.m. Saturday night, when a silver sedan drove by and someone inside fired shots, authorities said. Hobson, of the 10500 block of South Normal Avenue, was shot in the head and shoulder and taken to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:07 a.m., authorities said. Police said he is a documented gang member.
• Shaquille Ross, 18, was found unresponsive in the street in the 6500 block of South Seeley Avenue about 4:30 p.m. with gunshot wounds to the upper torso and neck, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Ross, of the 200 block of West 95th Street, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 8:09 p.m., authorities said. Police said he was a documented gang member.
• Deandre Brown, 23, was in the 8700 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:20 a.m. Saturday when he was shot in the leg and abdomen, authorities said. Brown, of the 9000 block of South Mackinaw Avenue, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:38 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.
• Joel Bentley, 30, was in a Walgreens parking lot on the southwest corner of West 63rd Street and South Austin Avenue just before 1 a.m. Saturday when he was shot in the abdomen, authorities said. Bentley, of the 5000 block of South Keating Avenue, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 5:46 a.m., the medical examiner’s office said.
• Two men were standing outside in the 2000 block of West 63rd Street when a black vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, striking both of them, police said. Corey Hudson, 34, of the 6000 block of South Bell Avenue, was dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said. The other man, Robbert Cotton of the 9600 block of South Mozart Street in Evergreen Park, was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, police said. He was pronounced dead at 4:47 a.m. Sunday.
At least 56 other people were wounded in citywide shootings throughout the holiday weekend.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called the number of shootings over the weekend “unacceptable.”
“The number of shootings and murders that took place over the holiday weekend is simply unacceptable, and points out that we still have work to do. The solution does not just include policing – although we’ll continue to look for ways to put more police where they’re needed,” Emanuel said in a statement on Monday. “We also have to give our young people alternatives to the street, and as a community we need to demand more of ourselves and our neighbors. This violence is unacceptable wherever it occurs in our city and all of us need to take a stand. The only way we will meet this challenge to our future is to join with one another and create a partnership for peace.”
Speaking at a news conference to discuss recent gun seizures, McCarthy told reporters that expanded police patrols have been working as well as they can, and as he has repeatedly in the past, called for tougher gun laws to help reduce the violence.
“It’s Groundhog Day here in Chicago. I come here every week. We slowed it down, because you all stopped showing up, quite frankly, because I think you got tired of hearing it,” McCarthy said. “Until such time as something happens to the individuals who carry these firearms … you know, everybody asks me what’s different about New York and Chicago. I could tell you very simple: proliferation of firearms.”
The superintendent said there were fewer shootings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday than there were a year ago, but Sunday saw an eruption in violence he cannot yet explain. Stopping it, he said, will take tougher gun laws.
“As I said – Thursday, Friday, Saturday – they were very, very busy; but we were winning,” McCarthy said. And yesterday, 24 shooting incidents, or 21 shooting incidents, is where we really lost it. So the conversation was simple. I’m going back, figuring out what happened yesterday, and we’re going to prevent it from happening moving forward.”
“We’re square-rooting nine ways from Sunday what is it that happened. Was it a fatigue factor? Did we give people off? Because the fireworks were Friday and Saturday. That’s where we had a lot of folks deployed during those timeframes,” he added.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed Chicago’s violent weekend at a vigil in West Pullman Monday afternoon.
“Bringing safety throughout the city of Chicago is not just a job of the police department. It is the job of all of us, every adult, everybody who has a responsibility to make sure our kids our safe,” said Emanuel.
Emanuel did promise to analyze the shootings this weekend. He said he would have some answers for the community, but as for solutions, not so much.
CBS 2 security consultant Ross Rice said the weekend’s violence speaks to a larger problem.
“I think that is representative of the gang, drug, gun violence problem that still persists in Chicago,” Rice said. “It’s not a law enforcement problem solely. There’s not going to be a law enforcement solution to this. You can’t arrest your way out of gang violence.”
In addition to the other shootings, there were six police-involved shootings over the holiday weekend. Two of the people shot by police were killed. In one of the six police-involved shootings, no one was injured.
Saturday evening, police responding to a call of shots fired near 87th and Morgan streets chased a 16-year-old boy into an alley near 87th and Sangamon. They found him hiding under a car. Police said, as he was getting out from under the vehicle, officers told him several times to drop his gun, but he refused, and officers shot him to defend themselves. The boy, Warren Robinson, was just three days shy of his 17th birthday.
His mother said her son was not armed, and police did not have to shoot him.
“They shot him over twenty times,” said the victim’s mother, Georgiana Utendahl. “They are trying to say he had a gun on him and he didn’t have a gun on him.”
Some witnesses claimed Robinson kept his hands in the air the entire time, but police said that’s just not true.
In the other fatal police-involved shooting, around 10 p.m. Friday in Portage Park, police received a call of a person with a gun near Berenice and Cicero avenues.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said officers saw something under the young man’s arm and tried to stop him when he pointed a large revolver at the officers.
“The officer defends himself, fires a shot. The offender his hit, manages to run down the alley a short distance before the officer’s partner is able to kind of head him of,” said Camden.
The 14-year-old boy, Pedro Rios, died from the shooting. No officers were hurt.
Three other people were wounded in police-involved shootings over the weekend. In another, police fired shots, but no one was struck.
McCarthy defended all of the police-involved shootings. Although each incident was under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority, McCarthy said they all appeared to be justified.
Rice said it’s more difficult than people think for officers in these types of situations.
“I think there’s a disconnect between people watching TV shows and watching movies; and it doesn’t translate into real life for them. They don’t realize that the police can’t shoot the gun out of your hand like they do in the westerns, or the police aren’t going to be able to wound you, or they can’t fire a warning shot,” Rice said. “It’s serious business.”
In a statement, the Chicago Police Department said, “Officers do not relish using a weapon in the course of their work, but … they must do what is best to protect themselves and the public they serve.”
No one was in custody for any of the shootings as of early Monday morning. The Independent Police Review Authority was investigating the police-involved shootings.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS Radio and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)