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At Least 9 Dead, 36 Wounded In Weekend Shootings
CBS ^ | 4/21/14

Posted on 04/21/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said a bloody holiday weekend that saw at least nine people shot and killed and dozens others wounded “doesn’t wipe out” reductions in violent crime in the past two years.

Since Friday evening, at least nine people were shot and killed in Chicago, and at least 36 others were wounded. “This doesn’t wipe out what has happened over the last two years, and this is a conversation that we’ve had time and time again,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday morning. “There’s no magic formula here. We have a plan, we have a strategy, and it’s hard work. That’s what it is. … It’s a day-by-day, minute-by-minute grind, and we’re into busy season. That’s what it is.”

Although murders in Chicago spiked to 516 in 2012 – only the second time homicides surpassed 500 since 2003 – they dropped to 415 last year, the lowest murder total for Chicago in nearly 50 years.

The superintendent said the vast majority of shootings in Chicago are gang-related, and detectives were working to determine “which of the hot conflicts” were to blame for the most recent spate of violence.

Among those killed were two men who were slain Sunday afternoon in the South Lawndale neighborhood. The victims were sitting in a Lincoln Navigator near the corner of 28th Street and Sawyer Avenue around 1 p.m., when an orange Hummer blocked their path. Two people wearing masks and armed with guns exited the Hummer, and sprayed the Navigator with nearly a dozen bullets, right near a police “blue light” camera.

Two men — 32-year-old Juan Ocon, and 19-year-old Timmy Bermudez — were shot and killed.

The Hummer fled south on Sawyer Avenue after the shooting. The Navigator also drove off, but was found a short time later at the corner of 24th Street and Kedzie Avenue, police said. Ocon was pronounced dead at the scene. Bermudez died less than an hour later at Mount Sinai Hospital. Earlier Sunday, a married couple, both law enforcement officers, were killed in an apparent murder-suicide at their home on the Southwest Side. Authorities said Cook County corrections Officer Javier Acevedo, 50, shot and killed his wife, 49-year-old Chicago police officer Veronica Acevedo, at their home in the 5300 block of South Austin Avenue.

Veronica Acevedo was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, and had won 23 commendations during her career. Javier Acevedo was a 25-year veteran of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Also killed over the weekend were two teens found dead around 10:30 a.m. Saturday in an apartment building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue. Jordan Means, 16, and Anthony Bankhead, 18, both had been shot in the head. Means’ mother said the boys were killed over a dispute that played out on Facebook.

“An argument led to this, that’s crazy,” said Camille Cochran, 42. “Now, I don’t have my son no more.” The other victims of fatal shootings over the weekend included 43-year-old Darren Rey, who was killed Saturday morning in an alley in the 2900 block of West Flournoy; 19-year-old Nicholas Ramirez, who was killed early Saturday in the 1600 block of West Hubbard Street, after someone in another vehicle shot him during a chase; and 20-year-old Trevolous Pickett, who was killed Friday night in a gangway in the 5200 block of West Congress Parkway.

It was the second weekend in a row at least 36 people were shot in Chicago. Asked how a spike in gun violence affects his department’s approach to fighting violent crime, McCarthy said “we can do things to improve what’s happening, but until such time as we get some help with the gun laws in the state of Illinois, we’re up against it. We’re drinking from a firehose.”

McCarthy repeatedly has urged state lawmakers to enact mandatory minimum sentences for repeat gun offenders. He has said “lax state and federal gun laws” hamper the department’s ability to reduce gun violence, by allowing repeat offenders to stay on the streets.

Last year, the Emanuel administration backed a proposal to raise the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon from one to three years, and require offenders to serve 85 percent of their sentences — a “truth in sentencing” provision.

In November, sponsors removed language that would impose the new mandatory minimum on first-time offenders, but the measure was sent back to committee in December, and has yet to move forward since.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: chicago; chicagomurders; crime; garrymccarthy; illinois
Not to worry. None of these are reportable crimes.
1 posted on 04/21/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.
McCarthy apparently has no idea what to do other than to try to confiscate all firearms. No sane person believes this will make any difference, but that's politics.
2 posted on 04/21/2014 8:48:12 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Altura Ct.

Same old, same old ...

At least give Chicago credit for consistency, because every weekend, without fail, is a predictable shooting spree ....

almost as predictable as The Media’s non-coverage and non-interest


3 posted on 04/21/2014 8:52:57 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Altura Ct.

just some guys that live in obamas neighborhood


4 posted on 04/21/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: Altura Ct.

Must be those new guys with concealed carry permits going all “Wild West” at traffic fender-benders.


5 posted on 04/21/2014 8:57:14 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: sappy

Yup. The ‘Hood is reaping what Obama organized.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 8:58:10 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said a bloody holiday weekend that saw at least nine people shot and killed and dozens others wounded “doesn’t wipe out” reductions in violent crime in the past two years.

Why's that?

Oh. Right. These deaths will be categorized as "of indeterminate cause."

7 posted on 04/21/2014 8:59:39 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Altura Ct.

We are into busy season?


8 posted on 04/21/2014 8:59:41 AM PDT by diggerwillow
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To: hinckley buzzard

They said this would happen if the Supreme Court decided for McDonald, and it did.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 8:59:49 AM PDT by Glenmore
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To: canuck_conservative

I wonder if any of those guns were legally owned?

Maybe the ones the cops had.


10 posted on 04/21/2014 9:00:08 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said a bloody holiday weekend that saw at least nine people shot and killed and dozens others wounded “doesn’t wipe out” reductions in violent crime in the past two years.

Well, yeah, but it does close the gap.

11 posted on 04/21/2014 9:00:21 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Altura Ct.
Although murders in Chicago spiked to 516 in 2012 – only the second time homicides surpassed 500 since 2003 – they dropped to 415 last year, the lowest murder total for Chicago in nearly 50 years.

Man. Talk about polishing a turd.

12 posted on 04/21/2014 9:01:12 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Altura Ct.

Ahhhh, Spring has arrived in Chicago!!


13 posted on 04/21/2014 9:02:11 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I knew this was Chicago before I saw the word Chicago in the SECOND paragraph.


14 posted on 04/21/2014 9:08:20 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Altura Ct.

Are you too stupid to own a gun? ...End Gun Idiocy!

15 posted on 04/21/2014 9:10:24 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Altura Ct.
How would Reid and the New York Times react if Tea Party members had shot and killed nine people and wounded dozens more over the weekend in ONE CITY?

We don't even have the numbers for Detroit, LA, Baltimore and Philly.

If Tea Party members killed this many people Homeland Insecurity would be pulling out all the stops.

16 posted on 04/21/2014 9:15:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Even at 400-whatever, Chicago is still double the murders in New York, and Chicago has only half of NYC’s population ....

... of course, now that Bill deBlasio and his kooky soft-on-crime policies are taking over NYC, we may now be seeing a real competition developing


17 posted on 04/21/2014 9:18:21 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: Altura Ct.

Glad Chicago is GUN FREE!


18 posted on 04/21/2014 9:19:37 AM PDT by blondee123 (DICTATORSHIP HAS ARRIVED! Nov. 6, 2012)
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To: TexasCajun

I know that when I shoot, the entire cartridge comes a flyin’ outta the barrel - jes like dat! /s


19 posted on 04/21/2014 9:22:55 AM PDT by apoxonu
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To: Altura Ct.

‘REDUCTIONS IN CRIME’? ROTFLMAO

Is that the new term for ‘fudging the numbers’?


20 posted on 04/21/2014 9:24:23 AM PDT by GOPJ (MSNBC reporters couldn't spot a criminal if he was at the company Christmas party.)
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To: Altura Ct.

And to think, its not even hot out yet.


21 posted on 04/21/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: TexasCajun

love that graphic. that gun fired the bullet, cartridge and everything!


22 posted on 04/21/2014 9:35:27 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Altura Ct.

Well, Hummers and Lincoln Navigators clearly belong to drug dealers, cuz ordinary citizens can’t afford them. So this is gang warfare.

Officer shooting his officer wife? Weird, perhaps a jealousy + booze event.

Facebook fight? Can’t fix stupid.

Shall we place bets on next weekend’s numbers? I say 37.


23 posted on 04/21/2014 9:39:23 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: hinckley buzzard
" . . . but until such time as we get some help with the gun laws in the state of Illinois, we’re up against it."

McCarthy apparently has no idea what to do other than to try to confiscate all firearms. No sane person believes this will make any difference, but that's politics.

Illinois is rated number 9 out of 50 states (relatively high) on the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence's state gun law ratings, with a 2 star rating (California is rated number 1 out of 50, and has 3 stars, for reference). Chicago needs to look for a top cop who actually understands crime and how to prevent it, and not this criminally ignorant politician.

24 posted on 04/21/2014 9:42:57 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: TexasCajun

Ummmm....what idiot came up with that picture?


25 posted on 04/21/2014 9:45:33 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: AppyPappy
Hey! ...I'm no gun expert, what do I know?

- Michael Bloomberg -

26 posted on 04/21/2014 9:51:50 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Altura Ct.

Whatever you are doing is not working, Chicago. If you really want to stop this call Rudy Giulianni and do what he says.


27 posted on 04/21/2014 9:55:40 AM PDT by mom.mom
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To: mom.mom

It’s a Quagmire...Time to pull out of Chicago.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 9:56:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SparkyBass
love that graphic. that gun fired the bullet, cartridge and everything!

Must be a two-stage round.

29 posted on 04/21/2014 10:01:43 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: TexasCajun

Only 9? That is not bad. Wasn’t it either last weekend or the weekend before they had 31 deaths. I would consider this to be quite an improvement.


30 posted on 04/21/2014 10:12:13 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Altura Ct.; flaglady47
Murder victim, Trevolous Pickett, 20, wins his first (and last) Rahm Award in the weekly "Chicago Weekend Warriors Best Grave-Stone Name" contest.

Leni

31 posted on 04/21/2014 10:25:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: TexasCajun

That’s a neat bullet that carries its cartridge with it. Something I haven’t seen before.


32 posted on 04/21/2014 10:32:00 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Altura Ct.

Just a bunch of Holder’s people having a good time, nothing to see here, moving on


33 posted on 04/21/2014 11:09:09 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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