Sunday, June 17, 2007

Gang Wars Move South

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A 24-year-old man was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting early Sunday at a gas station in the Wrigleyville area on the North Side.

A little after 3:30 a.m., a car entered the BP gas station on the 800 block of W. Irving Park Rd., according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak. A group of people approached the car, to see if it contained rival gang members, Kubiak said, and a verbal altercation broke out between the two groups.

A shot rang out and the victim was struck, Kubiak said. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, she said.
No one was in custody as of Sunday morning. The offenders were described as Hispanic males, between 21 and 25 years old, Kubiak said.

Belmont Area detectives are investigating.


  1. Oh, great. I stopped going to the gas station at Lawrence and Clarendon because of the gang violence there. Now I've got to avoid the one at Irving and Broadway.

    I may have to start buying gas in Wilmette. ;-)

  2. Um.

    Isn't there a hospital right across the street?

  3. Illinois Masonic is around 3000 North between Halsted and Sheffield.

    Sounds like the Sun Times screwed up.

    It has a major trauma unit.
    Many serious accident victims or gunshot victims in the city are taken there or Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn

  4. Thorek Hospital is right across the street...used to live at clarendon and irving and pine grove and irving. sounds like the sketchiness i felt a few years ago is actually the reality now.

  5. sounds to me like they were just celibrating their Puerto Rican pride

  6. I live very close to the gas station at Lawrence/Clarendon. Is there really alot of gang violence there? Should I be avoiding walking near there all the time.. or maybe just avoid it at night???

  7. My advice is to always be careful and aware of your surroundings. I try and take cabs late at night if I have been out to the bar.

  8. There was a gang shooting at the BP at Lawrence and Clarendon a year or so ago, so that ... and the constant panhandling I got whenever I'd get gas there ... made me stop using that station.

    I hear they've got new owners now who are more concerned with the goings-on at their station and things have cleared up considerably. I should probably go back to try it out, especially now that the BP I substituted has joined the gang-bang craze.

  9. Why would anyone buy gas at Lawrence and Clarendon? Unless you're on "E" drive the extra three minutes to Broadway and Ainslie and save $.40 a gallon!

  10. IF one believes the Disney dog walking crew, there is a drug turf war going on between two gangs that is occurring in that area. It supposedly involves some of the guys living in the buildings at the East corners of Broadway and Cuyler.

  11. I don't know why Chicago doesn't just install permanet cameras on all intersections. All one blue light does is push up the street and around the corners. Instead of the trans ban and duck liver I wish they would require all businesses and apartments to have cctv.