Tuesday, January 1, 2013

When They Say Things Start Off in Rhamaland with a Bang, They Mean It

At least nine people--including two teenagers--were wounded in separate shootings in the early hours of the new year, authorities said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here's the blow-by-blow in a city with one of the toughest gun laws:
The new year’s first apparent victim of gun violence was a 29-year-old man shot in the mouth and shoulder after a fight broke out at a bar on the West Side, police said.

About 1:15 a.m., a fight erupted inside a bar located in the 5000 block of West Madison Street in the Austin neighborhood, said police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro, citing preliminary information.

The 29-year-old man was allegedly involved in the fight, which saw another man get hit on the head with a beer bottle, Alfaro said. The 29-year-old man was shot as he left the bar, police said.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition stabilized, Alfaro said.

About 2 a.m., a 22-year-old man was shot in both legs and the scrotum during a fight at a house party on the Southwest Side, police said. The 22-year-old man was at a party in the basement of a house in the 9700 block of South Beverly Avenue when he got into a fight with another man, said police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer.

The fight escalated and the 22-year-old man was shot, Greer said, adding that he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

About 2:40 a.m., a man was shot in the stomach in the 11700 block of South Sangamon Street in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said. Police learned of the shooting after the man, believed to be in his 20s, walked into the emergency room of Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island, police said.

The man was later transferred to Advocate Christ, where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Also around 2:40 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm near North and Kedzie avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, Greer said. He was listed in good condition at Norwegian-American Hospital, Greer said.

About 2:45 a.m., a 20-year-old man was shot while he was on the front porch of a home in the 5700 block South Laflin Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. He was hit in the right forearm and refused medical treatment, police said.

About 3:50 a.m., a teenage girl and a man were shot outside in the 3800 block of South Wells Street in the Fuller Park neighborhood, Greer said.

The 17-year-old girl was shot in the leg, Greer said, and the 30-year-old man was shot in the back.

Paramedics took the man to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the girl to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Greer said, adding that both were listed in fair condition.

About 6:10 a.m., a man was in “grave” condition and a woman was critically injured in a shooting in the 5900 block of South Maplewood Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan, citing preliminary information.

A 28-year-old man was shot in the head and chest, Sullivan said, and a 20-year-old woman was shot in the face and back. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital.


  1. "Gun control.

    It really works."

  2. Good thing guns are banned there!

    Keep in mind that Chicago had 532 murders last year despite having a virtual ban on private firearm ownership of any kind for the last few decades. Contrast that with the entire nation last year of 300 million plus where only 323 people were murdered with a rifle!

    The pro gun people need to make this their main talking point and repeat it over and over.