A source tells local news that a shooting late Wednesday afternoon in the Gage Park neighborhood resulted in the death of a Chicago police officer.
According to sources from the police, the officer was shot in the leg and the face. It appeared as though a long line of police cars were getting ready for a procession that would depart Mount Sinai Hospital following the death of an officer in the line of duty.
After the incident, Chopper 2 observed a police-escorted ambulance heading to Mount Sinai near 52nd Street and Spaulding Avenue.
According to sources, a suspect was reportedly chasing and threatening a girlfriend during a domestic dispute when police were first called to the scene.
Witnesses at the Gage Park scene reported hearing three or four loud bangs and spotting officers hurrying to the officer’s body near a playground. Local media reported that police were preventing people from entering the area near the officer’s shooting scene, according to a man walking his dog nearby. Very few homes were accessible.
According to the man, he could not believe what had occurred. He claimed to have lived on the Southwest Side for 20 years, and while there have been times when crime has fluctuated, he had never heard of a police officer being shot and killed there.
The officer, who was in critical condition, was transported.
Along California and Ogden avenues outside the hospital, a number of police squad cars gathered at the hospital and around it.
No additional information was available. At 7:45 p.m., police were scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the incident. The shooting occurred shortly after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced that CPD Supt. In order to start a new job in Texas, David Brown will step down later this month. First Deputy Supt will take Brown’s place. Until a new mayor is sworn in, Eric Carter will serve as interim mayor.
Over the course of the previous ten years, residents of the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side of this city tried unsuccessfully to save Wadsworth Elementary School, an impressive brick structure that had long served as the hub of their community.
Some people said that they felt insulted yet again by the city when they learned that the old school building would be reopened as a refuge for migrants.
During a demonstration on Friday, a candidate for alderman and two others were detained after entering the property of the former school.
The tensions that are taking place in the Woodlawn neighborhood, where more than eighty percent of the people live are Black, highlight the delicate politics that cities like Chicago and New York are having to deal with as they try to deal with an influx of migrants, many of whom are being taken north by buses by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. A request for clarification was not received from the governor’s office.
Luis Cardona, a retired tow truck driver who helped organize the demonstration on Friday, said of the migrants, “I’ve got nothing against them.” We must first assist those in need here, and then assist others.
In Woodlawn, some residents claimed that the city had neglected the neighborhood for a long time and that the reopening of the school to house migrants was yet another instance of the city acting against the wishes of the community.
Patricia Hightower, an 80-year-old community activist, described the closure of the school as “like a feeling of just total disregard and disrespect for the community.”
Ms. Hightower said that she remembers the fight to save Wadsworth and a subsequent effort to use the building as a youth center or shelter for homeless people. As a result, the news that the city had decided to use the building to house migrants was devastating to the community. Ms. Hightower stated, “We don’t believe it was fair to us or to them for this to have taken place in the manner that it did.”
According to the city, approximately 5,100 migrants have arrived in Chicago on buses arranged by the states of Texas and Colorado since the end of August. Nearly 4,000 of them have been housed, and the city, Cook County, and the state of Illinois have provided them with assistance. A city spokeswoman stated that Chicago has utilized all of its resources to respond to what it considers a humanitarian crisis.
The city stated in a statement, “As with every shelter in the city, Wadsworth was selected because it meets the same necessary shelter and safety requirements to house individuals.” We will continue to work with leaders and residents of the community to support this population more.
According to officials, the number of homeless people in New York City’s shelters has reached a record high as a result of the approximately 45,000 asylum seekers who have arrived since the spring. Additionally, the city has established emergency relief centers, one of which is housed in a Brooklyn cruise terminal and provides 1,000 people with cots. Immigrant rights advocates have expressed concern regarding Randall’s Island’s cruise terminal and temporary tent city relief center in the fall of 2017.
Franklin Zapata, a 22-year-old Venezuelan carpenter who is staying at the former Wadsworth school in Chicago, was riding his bike to look for work on a recent day. He stated that while he is pleased to have a place to stay and the ability to shower, it is difficult to find work in a region where few people speak Spanish.
According to Johannes Favi, deputy director of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, which is based in Chicago, neither the state nor the city were prepared to accommodate the migrants who were coming to Chicago. Without a plan, they have attempted to do their best, he stated. It’s possible to make mistakes when improvising.
Wadsworth Elementary School students were relocated to a different building in 2013 as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wave of closing underutilized schools. Residents of Woodlawn tried to keep the school open. It has been empty since 2017, when it housed a charter school.
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Police in Chicago are warning pedestrians following a weekend robbery spree on the city’s South Side.
According to a CPD community alert, in each case, a group of two to four armed suspects wearing dark clothing and ski masks approach victims in public and demand their property by threatening force.
According to police, after stealing the victim’s belongings, the suspects enter a waiting vehicle and flee the scene.
The robberies occurred at the following times and locations in the neighborhoods of South Loop, Kenwood, and Bronzeville:
On January 28, at 2 a.m., in the 2400 Block of South Michigan Avenue On January 28 at 2:02 a.m., the 2400 block of South Michigan Avenue was robbed. On January 23, at 2:30 a.m., in the 2200 Block of South Michigan Avenue On January 28, at 11 p.m., in the 4600 Block of South Woodlawn Avenue On January 28, at 11:03 p.m., in the 4600 Block of South Woodlawn Avenue On January 28, at 11:48 p.m., in the 4000 Block of South Lake Park On January 28, at 11:17 p.m., in the 3400 Block of South Lowe Avenue On January 28, between 11:30 and 4:45 p.m., in the 4200 Block of South Cottage Grove Avenue On January 28, at 11:45 p.m., in the 3600 Block of South Lake Park Avenue On January 28, at 11:49 p.m., in the 4800 Block of South Kenwood Avenue On January 28, at 11:50 p.m., in the 3900 Block of South Lake Park Avenue On January 29, at 12:30 a.m., in the 4900 Block of South Vincennes Avenue On January 29, at 12:03 a.m., in the 4900 Block of South Vincennes Avenue On January 29, at 12:40 a.m., in the 300 Block of East 50th Street On Jan. 29, at 12:43 a.m., in the 4600 Block of South Calumet Avenue On January 29, at 12:50 a.m., in the 700 Block of East 41st Street Detectives are asking anyone with information to call them at (312) 747-830 or (312) 744-8263.
Though he didn’t begin his acting career seriously until his late twenties, he was determined to put in the effort, frequently enrolling in multiple acting classes at the same time. According to Reginald Irving, CEO of the production company StarShaper, he was known for bringing a sense of joy to a classroom or set.
Irving and his co-stars were stunned to learn that Lofton had been murdered late Friday in the Austin neighborhood. “I couldn’t do nothing but scream,” Irving explained. “When Xavier was around everyone was happy.”
Lofton and a woman were driving south in the 200 block of South Cicero Avenue when someone in a beige SUV opened fire on their car just after 11 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago police.
Lofton was shot in the head, armpit, and thigh and was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital. According to police, the woman, 29, was shot in the head, arm, and back. In critical condition, she was rushed to Stroger Hospital.
Another driver, a 36-year-old man, was “caught in the crossfire,” and crashed into a parked vehicle, according to police. He was discovered with a gunshot wound to the back nearby and was also taken to Mount Sinai, where he died.
Irving called Lofton’s phone in a panic the next morning after learning about the shooting. According to Lofton, a post on his father’s Facebook confirmed the worst.
On Monday, police reported that no one was in custody.
“I just want him remembered as someone who did not bother nobody,” Irving explained. “He was not looking for a fight. When I became agitated, he would soothe me. He was all about happiness — one of his famous lines was “Life ain’t that bad.””
Lofton contacted Irving about a year ago, hoping to work with Irving’s company after completing another brief project. “Xavier was ecstatic to learn more about acting… He would leave one class to attend another “Irving stated.
Irving said he helped coach Lofton this year and collaborated with him on several projects, including a Tubi series. Lofton has become such a significant presence at the company that Irving is unsure how to proceed without him.
“I’ve never been through anything like this,” Irving admitted. “Where do we go from here, and how do we proceed? He was present in every class and on every set.”
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On Thursday afternoon, a man dragged an 11-year-old girl into an alley and sexually abused her there. Chicago police are looking for him. The suspect approached the girl from behind as she was walking home from school around 3:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of S. Indiana, according to a police community alert. According to the police, the man put his hand over her mouth before dragging her into a dark alleyway where he sexually abused her.According to police, the girl was able to free herself and fled.The man turned around and ran away. Police describe the suspect as a Black man between the ages of 45 and 60, between 5’8″ and 5’10,” with a thin build, graying hair, and a mustache or goatee.He was sporting beat-up black work boots, jeans with a silver belt buckle, and a black shirt with a rip on the right sleeve. Children should walk in pairs or small groups, according to the police, and 911 should be called immediately if they notice anyone or anything suspicious. Kenya Jelks, whose family lives nearby, stated, “You can’t allow your kids to walk anywhere alone these days.”That is extremely frightening, and I hope she receives the necessary therapy and stops walking home alone.We should all take this as a warning. CPD’s Special Investigation Unit can be reached at 312-492-3810. Anyone with information is asked to call.CPDTIP.com is another place to submit anonymous tips. “It’s not like when kids used to walk home from after-school programs or play basketball.It’s terrifying, and I hope that the perpetrators and those considering similar actions are apprehended. After all, a child is no longer a child.Jelks stated, “Our childhood is just destroyed.”
A person has been arrested by Chicago police in connection with an attack and robbery that occurred on the CTA Red Line. Two people attacked and robbed a man early on Sunday morning near 95th Street on a Red Line train. Solomon Washington, 30, of Chicago Heights, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the robbery and attack, according to the police. Among Washington’s four felony charges are aggravated battery and armed robbery.He allegedly hit the 44-year-old man in the head with a glass bottle on Sunday, September 24, causing him to bleed.Investigators say Washington also allegedly robbed a 46-year-old man the following day after punching him in the face. The first attack’s second suspect is also being sought by the police. In an effort to make trains safer, the CTA and the Chicago Police Department have been collaborating. The CTA announced new security measures at all of its rail stations earlier this week. Both organizations claim to have added K9 units that can ride the trains as well as patrols comprised of both officers and unarmed security personnel.
Three people who are wanted in connection with an armed robbery at the Garfield stop on the Red Line are being sought by police. The three men who robbed a Red Line passenger who was traveling home from work on Sept. 17 at the Garfield stop around 9:20 p.m. have been identified by Chicago police through surveillance footage. When they got close to the victim, one of the robbers was holding a knife, and then all three of them started punching and kicking him.
After stealing the victim’s bicycle and throwing it on the tracks, the robbers returned and attempted to flee before an approaching train struck it. Call Area One detectives at 312-745-4706 if you know who the robbers are.
Over the weekend, two of the best high school football teams in Chicago got into a fight. Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois High School Association are trying to settle the dispute. After the final whistle blew on Saturday in their game at Lane Stadium, 2601 W. Addison St., a number of Morgan Park High School and Kenwood Academy players started fighting. This was the end of an ugly game in which several coaches and players were kicked out for unsportsmanlike behavior. Coaches from both teams quickly apologized and accepted responsibility for the incident, Charlie De Mar of CBS 2 reported. One of the best games of the season was supposed to be between these two teams.However, the game is now being remembered for the wrong reasons, of course.
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