|A reader's photo of the window he was|
sitting near in McDonald's when shots were fired
Earlier this morning, at around 1:45am, a man was shot in the Margate Park area, around Ainslie and northbound Lake Shore Drive. He
Update: The man who was shot on Lake Shore Drive, Boshaun Jackson, age 24, passed away this morning.
Given Monday's shooting on Wilson, and Tuesday's reports of shots fired in the Argyle area, it all seems like back-and-forth gang retaliation. These guys don't care about anything except paying back the other guys for alleged slights.
What's crazy is that the cops say that Uptown is no longer a wildly profitable drug center. Yes, there's a drug trade, but it's not making the money it did fifteen or twenty years ago. To make big money, the gangs go to other parts of the city that are more lucrative for them. This gang war seems to be over winter taunting on YouTube and other social media. Gang members go into other gangs' turf, film themselves, and put it online. The other gang responds. And we all bear witness to this idiocy. It's taking place in Wards 46 and 48, in both the 19th and 20th police districts.
If you hear shots fired, if you see something you think is about to be trouble -- call 911. Don't worry that you're bothering the cops. They can figure out what's important and what's not. If you hear shots and don't know where they came from, call 911 and give them your cross-streets. They can figure it out from the various calls they receive. This skirmish will end. They always do. It's just really depressing and scary while a few idiots work out their issues with guns.