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Gang fight at large EP party leads to gunshots, several injuries
The Peoria Journal Star ^ | Sep 28, 2009 | Journal Star staff

Posted on 09/28/2009 3:57:21 PM PDT by GLH3IL

PEORIA — .More than 24 hours after a melee broke out at an apartment complex for Illinois Central College students early Sunday, police were still sorting out the details.

Preliminary information from East Peoria police indicates a party Saturday night at WoodView Commons, an apartment complex at 100 WoodView Lane, grew out of control.

“As best we can gather, the initial scenario is that there were some discourse between two gangs that became heightened by the playing of a certain rap song that insulted one of the gangs, and the fight was on,” Police Chief Ed Papis said Monday. “Whoever was DJing (the party), when they played the rap song, one of the groups became insulted and the fight escalated.”

Police were called to the apartments about 11:50 p.m. after an undetermined number of gunshots were fired. Between 250 and 400 party-goers were scattering in all directions, many in a panic, Papis said.

Papis said at least four people were hospitalized, including a woman who was run over by a car trying to flee gunshots and sustained two broken legs. There were unconfirmed reports of gunshot wounds.

Two East Peoria police officers were injured, but not hospitalized.

In the aftermath of the brawl, many at the apartments believed people had been shot. “We can’t confirm it,” Papis said. “When you have a confusing melee going on, there’s all kinds of directions people lead us on.”

At least four vehicles were damaged by bullets, he said. He said it was unclear how many total rounds were fired, or how many different guns were discharged.

“We’re trying to sort all of this out, and we’re not getting too much information from the folks who we’ve arrested,” Papis said.

Three arrests were made Sunday, but other suspects still are being sought. Emanuel Jones, 21, Jemeral Linwood, 19, and Rodrick Johnson, 19, were booked into the Tazewell County Jail on charges of mob action and aggravated battery. Their bond hearing is set for Tuesday afternoon.

Seven police agencies responded to the fight — East Peoria, Peoria, Tazewell County, Creve Coeur, Washington and the East Peoria Park District.

ICC surveillance video was being reviewed Monday. Papis also said police were examining one of the bullet-riddled cars for evidence.

The police chief said one of his officers sustained a torn uniform and bruises and scrapes to the face, knees, elbows and hands. Another officer was cut on the hand. Neither officer was transported to a hospital.

Police and ICC officials were expected to meet Monday afternoon to discuss the incident, although the apartments are not owned by ICC.

“Rest assured that I am not at all happy about this situation,” Papis said. “We will respond accordingly.

“Anytime one of my officers gets hurt, it becomes incumbent upon me to put measures in place so that does not happen again.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: fight; gangs; guns; rap
This is the ACORN culture the Left is trying to foist on us all. Fights and gun fire over a song? People need to grow up!
1 posted on 09/28/2009 3:57:21 PM PDT by GLH3IL
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To: GLH3IL

“That won’t sell in Peoria.”

Geez, what the hell happened to Peoria?


2 posted on 09/28/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: GLH3IL

Welfare babies selling drugs not paying taxes then having more welfare babies before costing us money in the hospital, courts, jails and finally morgue.

Welcome to post-1965 America, and thanks, Teddy.


3 posted on 09/28/2009 4:01:53 PM PDT by wac3rd (Felipe Calderon supports the public option.)
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To: GLH3IL

Exciting weekend!

http://www.ky3.com/news/local/62405597.html

(Springfield, MO)


4 posted on 09/28/2009 4:03:11 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Retired Greyhound

Street gangs happend to Peoria, and people thinking that just because they are across the river there is no reason to be vigilant against their presence.


5 posted on 09/28/2009 4:09:03 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: GLH3IL
Mogadishu, Illinois.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

6 posted on 09/28/2009 4:09:07 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Geez, what the hell happened to Peoria?

This is East Peoria, different city, different county. Peoria 0bamaville went to hell in a hand basket a long time ago. Now they are exporting their crap across the river.

My son is a cop in E.Peoria.

7 posted on 09/28/2009 4:11:20 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: GnuHere

Damn, I’m a native of Springfield...it’s such a beautiful town. I thought about moving back there a few years ago, but both parents have passed away and there isn’t much there to go back to....except Bass Pro Shops of course.


8 posted on 09/28/2009 4:12:10 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: Graybeard58

Give your son my regards, hope he wasn’t one of the guys that got scraped up the other night.


9 posted on 09/28/2009 4:13:40 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: GLH3IL

Those crazy Amish kids!


10 posted on 09/28/2009 4:27:42 PM PDT by stickandrudder (Another Bitter-Clinger ------ Molon Labe ----- Let's Roll!)
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To: GLH3IL

I don’t think he was working that night, I haven’t heard about it from him anyway.


11 posted on 09/28/2009 4:29:05 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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Much like St. Louis and East St. Louis, a narrow strip of river divides Peoria and East Peoria. We sit about half way between Chicago and St. Louis as well as between the Quad Cities and a straight shot to Indianapolis. Sadly, we seem to get the scum from the 4 corners of the Midwest stopping by and unfortunately staying. I’ve never seen as hopeless, self destructive a group of people as the black community around here. How can people be so blind to the fact they are destroying themselves?


12 posted on 09/28/2009 4:47:14 PM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (The Top 10 Most Murderous Cities (per capita) Are All Run By Democratic Mayors. - 2005 FBI Report)
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To: GLH3IL

“As best we can gather, the initial scenario is that there were some discourse between two gangs that became heightened by the playing of a certain rap song that insulted one of the gangs”

GANGS in a college apartment? What kind of entrance requirements does this college have, anyway? I didn’t realize there were that many gang members going on to college after hs.


13 posted on 09/28/2009 4:52:41 PM PDT by mtrott
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Well, I think the primary actors in the incident were not students, but were just at the student residence area for the party. The police are still sorting alot of things out. I do think one of the things that will be put under a microscope is what the management of the student residence facility is doing to ensure criminal types are not getting in as residents there. It sure seems like the college has a major mess and headache on its hands


14 posted on 09/28/2009 5:47:26 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: TruthBeforeAll

I don’t think the malaise is just with the black community, Peoria has alot of problems and it’s having a negative impact on alot of things. It doesn’t help they Peoria has become a cross roads for Chicago and Indianapolis gangs


15 posted on 09/28/2009 5:58:28 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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To: GLH3IL

>>>He said it was unclear how many total rounds were fired, or how many different guns were discharged.

All they can really be certain of is that the gunshots were all fired from weapons behind held flat sideways.


16 posted on 09/28/2009 7:51:09 PM PDT by tlb
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To: GLH3IL

I heard on the local news tonight that I.C.C. is going to assign a full time security guard to the area. The way he said it, it sounded like that will fix the problem.


17 posted on 09/28/2009 8:46:21 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Graybeard58
No, I don't think for one minute that will fix the problem.
18 posted on 09/28/2009 8:48:16 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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Actually, the security officer in question is a part-time officer and is unarmed. It may be that the management company running the student residence facility is hiring the ICC guy to their own staff as a full-time WoodView employee, but even then he’ll still be unarmed...a definite disadvantage given the current environment.

All ICC security officers are only equipped with pepper mace, batons, and cuffs. ICC does have campus police officers, I think a total of 5 of them. Two are in training at the moment, and one is assigned to the downtown campuses. The remaining two are management staff and only work Monday through Friday during set hours - never on 3rd shift or weekends.


19 posted on 09/29/2009 10:39:47 AM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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It is important to note that this story in no way is representative of the community of East Peoria and the vast majority of its residents.

Right now I am wondering why a school like ICC even has student housing.

20 posted on 09/29/2009 10:57:16 AM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama lied, America died.)
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To: GnuHere

A Kappa! Usually the Q dogs are the brawlers.


21 posted on 09/29/2009 11:01:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SaveTheChief
Right now I am wondering why a school like ICC even has student housing.

I've been wondering about that too. It is a relatively small junior college.

You're right about E.Peoria, it's a nice place, I lived there many years, currently live in N. Pekin.

The riff-raff have learned what bridges are for and they are bringing their messes with them. Wal-Mart is very convenient by the river and easy to get to from the west. The amount of shop lifting that store has is amazing.

22 posted on 09/29/2009 11:55:19 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Graybeard58
I just can't believe students are living at ICC. There is absolutely nothing around there. I had to Google the address in the article. The map put it right at the main building.

I grew up in East Peoria, not more than a couple of miles away from ICC. I took a couple of summer classes there during college. It's a nice school and I enjoyed my experience there. East Peoria isn't the community it was when I was a kid, but it is still a good place to live.

I like the Peoria area. I'd move back in a second if the right opportunity presented itself - even with the stupidity of the Illinois government and Chicago corruption. When I am home, I avoid the Wal-Mart in E.P. at all costs. There's a nice one in Washington.

23 posted on 09/29/2009 2:56:34 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama lied, America died.)
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Absolutely true, East Peoria is a great community.

As for why ICC has student housing...well technically ICC doesn’t..it can’t legally. The housing is actually owned by the ICC Education Foundation, which is a separately chartered organization devoted to fundraising activities on behalf of ICC. The Foundation in turn hired the campus housing management company to amdinister the property. It was the management company that built, operates, and maintains the student housing. Why the shell game? Why was such a complex effort undertaken just to have student housing on campus? You'll have to ask the college administration, the housing doesn't seem to have had that significant of an impact on enrollement levels.

24 posted on 09/29/2009 4:56:15 PM PDT by GLH3IL (Slainte Mhath)
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