Monday, November 11, 2013

Shots Fired On Beacon; One Injured


Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night, will stop our idiot neighbors from diligently playing their dangerous games.

There were shots fired shortly before 4pm on the 4700 block of Beacon, traditionally a street without much gang activity.  Many neighbors heard shots and called police, who along with CFD were quick to the scene.

From what we understand, a red Chevy took off immediately after the shots were fired.  A reader says, "Small black car, back windows blown out by shots, car riddled with bullets."



Another reader heard the cops say, "Drop it now."

Update:  At least one person was shot.  He is named Andre and he was shot in the lower left abdomen.  He sought shelter by running into the building at 4731 N Beacon, although he does not live there.  No reports on other injuries or his condition.

42 comments:

  1. This is so scary. I am sick to my stomach every time I read this re-occurring story in my neighborhood. I don't understand how this keeps happening! I am disgusted but more so just scared... I live on Beacon and walk my dog up to 3x per day and it's incredibly sad when you don't feel safe strolling around your own neighborhood. When will this stop!?

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvSLmO82UCw

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    2. Maybe in about 10 to 15 years. Sit tight.

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  2. Let me guess Andre Williams. This family of assholes has been shooting and getting shot. About once a month now for the last 6 years. All while living rent free in the CHA buildings. Makes me glad to pay taxes.

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  3. Beacon street along with Dover are fairly safe streets without the typical riff-raff that lingers in Uptown. Sadly, after spending years living here I know the difference between gun shots and fireworks.

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  4. Yup, they one and only Andrea Williams. Can't believe this is the third time this P.O.S has been shot, yet no one seems to be able to finish the job. How this scum is free to walk the street is beyond me. He has no concern for anyone and is a complete threat to society. All we end up doing is tying up our emergency services and tax dollars for medical to support this waste of life so he can turn around and do it all over again in a few months. The last time I saw him shot was last December. So damn frustrating!!!!

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    1. I was walking home from work minutes after that shooting last year. You're right. Its amazing that no one has finished the job - if not the thugs, then by the CPD.

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  5. It's true that the Williams brothers have been involved in many of the gang shootings and activities in Uptown over the past few years. However, calling for his death puts us on the same level as the gangs, and I'd rather be able to say we aren't at their moral level.

    In the meantime, two other brothers -- Trammell and Antario -- are behind bars at the moment. We'll be glad to see the CHA rid our community of these felons. There are a lot of deserving families who could use the housing.

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    1. HI Caring Neighbor!
      I do agree with what you are saying, it is not in good form to wish this on someone, but quite honestly, there is not much else to hope for in this case, IMHO.
      I said earlier he has been shot 3 times….I was wrong, this was his 4th. That means 4 times he has endangered innocent people just by being there. Since he is now on his 4th bullet, that clearly means that the first 3 did nothing to persuade him to change his life. He has NO regard for human life, including his own. I witnessed the shooting last Nov. He ran into a nearby convenience store, putting all those in the store at risk. This time he ran into a nearby apartment building, again, putting everyone in the building at risk. He has no remorse, no regret. I spoke with one of the officers on the scene last year, and he was laughing at the fact he spends most of his life running from the police, but the moment he gets shot, he cries like a baby someone to call the police. Ironic to say the least. This year, his girlfriend pushed him through the window at Godfathers pizza during an argument. We know he didn't pay for that damage. He is nothing more than a menace to society, and quite honestly, is of no use to anyone. He has at least one child ….that we know of. Being a father has done nothing to change his mindset. He has not one single redeeming quality. The only thing we can be assured of so far is that he will continue to drain resources that we all pay taxes for. If he were to go to prison, that will again continue. I would be more than happy to send him away for the rest of his life, but there is now way to count on the legal system to do this. I am absolutely dumbfounded that this waste of life is able to walk the streets as a free man…..can anyone explain this to me? He in no way deserves to walking around with the rest of us, he should be in jail,and yet he is not. And before anyone jumps in and says why would he be in jail if he was the one who was shot, remember, there is a reason he was shot. He didn't get gunned down because he was a kind and caring person that was turning his life around. So to recap, as long as he walks, he endangers innocent peoples lives, he is a hindrance to business owners, a drain on our police, emergency services, hospitals funds, etc. He is of no use what so ever to society, actually just the opposite. So, yes, again, I really do agree with you that wishing this upon anyone is not the right thing to do, but we have been repeatedly shown that nothing else is working, so I hate to say it, but I don't know what other option there is. I in no way mean to offend, but unfortunately, this is how I feel.

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  6. @ Caring Neighbor I agree. I also am looking forward to the Alderman's office coming up with a comprehensive plan to combat gun violence in our community. NOT Social workers.

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    1. RT, I wonder how the cops can focus on the gangs if they have to keep arresting the alcoholics who are drinking on the streets over and over again? What's your idea?

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    2. That is a good question. There are many folks "hanging out" drinking beer with 100+ arrests.

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  7. I am scared the fact that it is right by my school. If we did have school today I could have gotten hurt (I'm in after school programs).

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  8. Came home to get stopped by the police. I had to show id to be able to get down the block to my apartment. This is very scary to me. I just wonder when we as a community are going to take a stand and take our streets back. I can't wait to get my CC Permit. If the criminals are gonna have guns, so am I.

    So glad as well that these people are living in free housing while people that need it are forced to wait.

    Also, where is our wonderful Ald. Cappleman? would be nice to see his response. Oh wait, like at the meeting last week he would tell us that we just need to deal with all this till he and his social workers can get out there and make it all better.

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  9. @Stocktongirl you have a right to be afraid. The gun violence has become more brazen in broad day light. With assault rifles I was recently emailed a video that was filmed by the thugs in Uptown. The video was troubling!! Something has to be done.
    http://youtu.be/IfBVbEmbBzw

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  10. Drug test ALL CHA and Section 8 residents. WE have to be clean, sober to EARN our pay !!!!

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    1. Awesome idea! Turn them out into the streets where they will create more mayhem and havoc! Let them live in the parks and underpasses; let them leave there litter, debris and bodily excretions scattered in the streets and alleyways. Let them get sick and cold and traumatized by life on the street! Sure, they may use more in order to cope, but whatever. The police need more to do to, and so do the paramedics and emergency rooms. And hey, so what if they do more damage to property than they already do... a small price to pay v. keeping a roof over their head... [now removing tongue from cheek].

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  11. It's a damned shame, so much natural beauty, diversity, & history in Uptown just to have the community too scared to enjoy their neighborhood because of some weak-minded, teen, wusses who are too afraid of a hard day's work that they shoot at themselves just hand over control of the streets to one shadey, conniving, x-con you always find behind these pathetic Lego® My First Gang operations. An aggressive educational program for the children that teaches the realities of being played on the streets (not "scaring them straight", let's assume the youth are smarter than that) must be demanded from the people who are suppose to be running this city. We must demand they respect out children's right to a real education & respect All families! In the meantime, if the same stupid kid is going to keep getting himself shot I wish him a speedy recovery so he can get right back out here & catch more of these bullets!

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  12. Look no further than the OVER concentration of CHA housing in the area if you are wondering why these shootings continue to happen. This has always been and will continue to be the problem.

    There, I said it...

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  13. If the cops get rid of the gangs they get rid of their jobs. As one cop friend told me. We know who all the gang bangers are, we talk to most of them. They are very strategic about when they shoot. You have probably spoken to them in your day to day dealings." And I was like "WTF??!" o.O

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  14. To those blaming Cappleman. He was not the alderman, Shiller was, that put a high concentration of gang bangers, drug addicts, crack whores, mentally ill and public housing in Uptown. Shiller did. And to expect Cappleman to clean up this fetid pile of human excrement in a couple of years is, in a word, insane. It has and will continue to get better.

    Anyone associated with Shiller's Regime of Terror, which continues to haunt us today, should NEVER be put back in power. So all those trolls for Shillers Chief of Staff, who hated much of the people in Uptown, say what you will, But those of us with brains understand when a pile of crap is 22 years in the making plus, it takes some time to clean it all up

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    1. Ah yes, you can always count on the angry simple minded types to beat the drum of blame for Shiller, laying all of Uptown's problems with poverty and its associated ills at her feet. As if it was that simple. As if Uptown was some well to do, gleaming upper middle class urban neighborhood until Shiller came along and hand-picked the city's worst degenerates and brought them into Uptown all on her own. As if no poverty would ever exist without Shiller. Please. Shiller is gone, out of office, and she has been gone and out of office for quite a while now and she is not coming back, so maybe let her go and stop with the absolutely idiotic theory that somehow she or any one person (including our current alderman) is to blame for Uptown's societal ills. But I get it, the need to focus blame and anger and hate on one person. It saves you from having to do any deeper thinking about complex problems. Shiller is to blame for what is wrong with Uptown, Cutler is to blame for the Bears losing. Simple. The fact is, Uptown was entrenched in poverty long before Shiller got here. Homeless shelters established by Uptown homeowners (REST shelter, established by caring Uptown neighbors in 1979 before Shiller was elected in '87 in response to an already existing severe homeless problem) existed well before Shiller ever became alderman and there were a lot more SRO's catering to the poorest of the poor in Uptown before Shiller was elected than there were when she left office. And another little known fact, people were actually abusing alcohol and drugs before Shiller ever took office. No, really, look it up, illicit drugs and alcohol actually existed before 1987 when Shiller was first elected! But really, I get it. Keep on blaming Shiller. I'm sure 20 years from now if someone were to pass gas on an Uptown sidewalk, you'll be there to shriek that it is Shiller's fault.

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    2. Sean, people don't blame Schiller for bringing this to Uptown. Uptown was a mess when she stepped in. What they do blame her for is being an alderman for 20 years and not doing one dam thing to change it , but instead actually encouraging it. So yes, wether you like it or not, she most certainly can be blamed for what we have today. Sometimes the truth sucks. Cappleman has done more in his short time in office to clean up this neighborhood than she did the entire time she was in office. Is the whole Schiller vs Cappleman thing getting old? Absolutely. But to brush it off saying we can't blame her anymore is completely absurd.

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    3. A credit to Shiller she brought Uptown a long way. The things the "Newbies" of Uptown are griping about already existed before Helen Shiller Thank You Sean for that clarification.

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    4. Oh, ffs. Everyone knows from your unique writing style that you are Denice's web presence, as well as "Real Talk" and probably "un-bias". As for where Helen brought Uptown, let's check in with Mike Royko. "One of the most depressing sections of Chicago is the Uptown area on the North Side. Shabby apartment buildings, vacant stores, wino bars, littered vacant lots, junkies, muggers, and career down-and-outers. It also has a new alderman, Helen Shiller, and she has a vision of what that seedy old neighborhood should be in the future. And apparently her vision is that Uptown should remain a seedy old neighborhood".

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    5. @gg youare so concerned about who I am or who I represent. Who are YOU? You are adamant in defending Cappleman's tenure and his "It takes time" position are you a hired hand in his blogger world? Think maybe you can keep his image clean throughout the blogs? That's your goal! You and that obscene, burly irish pirate. LOL!! Stop trying to figure out who I am and introduce some comprehensive action plans to our Alderman to combat this violence. So far he has FAILED. In every approach. It don't happen over night but when is he going to get started?? #RealTalk

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    6. Hey,

      who ya calling "burly"?

      Given your limited command of standard written English you probably think it means "burr-like" or prickly. There's a joke there, but even I have standards.

      In reality, which is something you know little about, it means:

      bur·ly
      ˈbərlē/
      adjective
      adjective: burly; comparative adjective: burlier; superlative adjective: burliest

      1.
      (of a person) large and strong; heavily built.
      synonyms: strapping, well-built, sturdy, brawny, strong, muscular, muscly, thickset, blocky, big, hefty, bulky, stocky, stout, heavily built,


      I won't object to being referred to as "obscene". Something else that is both obscene and obscenely funny is the idea of Denice D being elected. Ain't gonna happen.

      As for my "burleyness" you should see me in an Amerikilt. Look it up. There may even be some pics of someone who looks suspiciously like me wearing one on the net. Not only am I writer of renown, but I am also America's leading burly male model for kilt manufacturers.

      Now this part of the thread is rapidly deteriorating and becoming a back and forth insult fest. So I leave you with a song whose title sums up the threat of a DD campaign for 46th Ward Alderman. She's Not There, by the Zombies.

      Appropriate ain't it Doc. Zombies, if only the dead could vote and Uptown Past would rise up then and only then would DD have a chance.

      PS

      Learn to hit the enter key and your "writing" will be eazzzier to follow.

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  15. The solution to Uptowns crime is NYC strategy. They have done an amazing job cleaning up the streets. The former Mayor had the "broken windows" theory on crime fighting. Crack down on the minor stuff because it goes a long way. Just before the shooting I saw many gentlemen hanging out at the Magnolia/Wilson mall. Some things never change.

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  16. I don't think Cappleman is being blamed for anything. Facts are Cappleman read the disclosure. He signed up for the job. I think everyone knows nothing happens overnight. How long should the citizens of the 46th ward accept that excusr and the countless smoke screens put out after every shooting. At least three mass shooting and gangs equipped with High Powered rifles. Things have gotten worse. We are close to three years into Capplemans tenure and his only resolution id "Social Workers" for thugs who disregd their birth parents. This is insulting. From what I hear Denice Davis has 20 years plus in that community
    In her

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    1. Ah the truth comes out. I SUSPECTed you were the individual running the Denice Davis web presence and you just proved my suspicion correct.

      Just call me Inspector Clouseau and bring me an eclair from Baker and Nosh!

      Now you can push your Deniceian agenda upon us as long as UU allows it.

      Personally, I look forward to the spectacle of the DD campaign for the laughs. I'm not going to threadjack this thread so I will keep this brief but DENICE DAVIS will NOT BE ALDERMAN.

      If you really want to defeat Cappleman I suggest you find another candidate. I'm not running so good luck with that!

      THPPPPPT! I am a bastion of class and goodness. I am the Mister Manners of Uptown.

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    2. RealTalk, since you maintain Denice's web presence, I'm sure you are fully familiar with her career.

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    3. RealTalk - the only thing Denise has 20 plus years of experience in is going down to the police precint to bully the cops into releasing a gang member they just arrested. Gimme a break.

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    4. Assumptions,Assumptions. You are not to good of an "investigator" irish pirate. You are a bit vulgar and racially charged to say the least. If I had to pick between Cappleman and Denice Davis it would be Denice. from watching her youtube videos http://youtu.be/aoKbnuXxiC4 she has a "realistic" plan in combating the violence in Uptown. I just think the accusations of her lobbying for a gang member are absolutely ridiculous!! I mean what honorable person in city service commits to defending a "street thug". Unless thier rights are violated to a extent. They do have rights. The ACLU is defending the rights of the Boston Marathon Bomber does that make them TERRORIST!! The things some of the Cappleman supporters say. NOT Logical!! The bottom line is the violence in our community. Cappleman after almost three years into his tenure still has no clue. SOCIAL WORKERS??? These hoods disregard their own family. What makes you think a Social Worker will get the job done. That goes for every broken window. Vagrants and all. Chicago is a different BEAST from New York. In Closing I would like to say I hope the infamous irish pirate is wrong and Denice Davis wins in 2015. Uptown needs a change. Not a Helen Schiller. Not Cappleman. Now that you said it I might Volunteer for her campaign!!LOL!!

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    5. Man if you're gonna pretend you're not running DD's sites U need to change up your writing style. If you're gonna do something do it right.

      If you're gonna troll don't be a friggin amateur about it.

      By the way I appreciated you calling me "infamous". After my girlfriends dumps me I may run an ad on Match dot com referring to myself as "infamous".

      I like the sound of that word followed by a snort.

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    6. Why are you trying to play the race card? If Denice has all the answers, why wasn't she out there with them during the spate of shootings when she was the previous alderman's chief of staff? Why wasn't she telling her former boss that she needed to be out in the community talking about solutions to prevent shootings instead of running away from residents? Why wasn't she telling her boss to get her sorry booty back from vacation when a Truman student was murdered steps away from the ward service office? Why did she sit in there laughing when her fellow ward "service" office workers ran off residents who didn't live in subsidized housing? Why did she tell a young mother asking what could be done about the previous alderman's spate of shootings "This ain't your college campus, sweetie," instead of telling her some of her great ideas? Or are we supposed to wait until after the elections to hear what her great ideas are? Sounds to me that she's just as full of hot rectal gas now as she was then, and if she had no influence on her old boss, then how would she possibly have any influence in City Hall? The way I see it, Denice never, ever went to bat for the broad public good back when, and there is absolutely no evidence that she would now...and she certainly doesn't have the background or wherewithal to represent a diverse and changing ward. I'm sure there has to be another ward she can move to that suits her purposes, though.

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    7. @Bear60640 your whole reply was "why didn't she tell her (Shiller)?" Shiller was the Alderman not a puppet or a robot. Ridiculous.

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    8. "Shiller was the Alderman" - oh poor Denise - she must have been totally silenced by her pal Shiller. That's ridiculous! If that's true - it only shows that Denise had no backbone then and she still doesn't now.

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    9. Why should Denice do anything. She's not the Aldermen.

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    10. Denice is by nature a shy and reticent person. Look up the following on youtube: Mongo just pawn in game of life.

      Denice just pawn in game of life!

      Now this thread has rapidly gone to poo poo. Now I've been called "burly" in it and its been suggested that I'm a racist. Thank God no one knows how badly my mom dresses me.

      In the year of our Lord 2010 a primary election was held in the 46th ward for Cook County Board President. Three blacks candidates ran versus one pasty white candidate of the Irish persuasion. The three black candidates garnered 83 percent of the 46th ward primary vote. Given age and citizenship issues it's likely 80 percent or more of people who actually vote in this ward are white.

      Interestingly Toni Preckwinkle won overwhelmingly in every precinct dominated by whites and the few precincts Dorothy Brown did well in are the precincts with a large percentage of CHA/Low income housing. Davis's likely supporters voted for the hack Brown over the reformer Preckwinkle.

      Now I have no doubt that if Denice runs she will be trounced in the election. Some of her followers will suggest it was because of her race. It won't be. It will be because of her sparkling personality, professional history and her campaign platform.

      Imagine an alternative bizarro Uptown, ok more bizarre, where Cappleman is black and Davis is white yet their personal histories and positions are largely the same. Who wins?

      Cappleman would win. Racism is not dead in Chicago or America. Racial voting patterns still occur, but racism and racial voting patterns have lessened over the last few generations.

      It's not 1983 any more. The President of the US of A is a Hawaii born part Irish guy from the south side of Chicago named Barack O'Bama. Erin Go Bragh!

      I give you this article from the NYTimes. I refuse to hyperlink because of the "burly" crack. Like Mongo I too have feelings.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/opinion/edsall-what-if-race-no-longer-matters-in-city-politics.html?hp&rref=opinion

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    11. RealTalk/Un-bias,

      you really need to create another ID and change up your horrid writing style. Do it for the DD campaign. Come on, you'd do it for Randolph Scott! Another "Blazing Saddles" reference.

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  17. Ok this mope has been shot four times? Four? It may be time for him to consider another line of work.

    Look on the bright side folks he apparently was the only one hit. The downside is that he will likely be back soon and will likely continue to be a "bullet magnet" for as long as he lives here. If he keeps getting shot the "lives" part may not be applicable for too much longer.

    It sounds like his "adversaries" found him hanging out on Beacon and decided that was an excellent opportunity to shorten his life span. Another Uptown shooting is not unusual. The location was.

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