Sunday, February 15, 2009


February 15, 2009

Two people were shot early Sunday outside a bar in the Lakeview neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 2800 block of North Halsted Street shortly before 2 a.m., police said.

According to a Web directory, Mix bar is located at the address.

Two men were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition, police said.

Offender information was not available as of 6 a.m.

Belmont Area detectives are investigating.
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February 15, 2009

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a shooting in the Pilsen neighborhood late Saturday.

About 11:55 p.m., the teen was standing outside on the 1900 block of South Loomis Street when someone got out of a car and opened fire on him, according to police News Affairs. The teen suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The victim was identified as Johnny Vasquez, of the 1400 block of West Cullerton Street, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Vasquez was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 12:24 a.m.

A possible offender is in custody though no charges have been filed as of early Sunday.

Harrison Area detectives are investigating

February 15, 2009

A 22-year-old man was found fatally shot on a West Side porch late Saturday.

The man, identified as Al Brown, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, was found shot in the 2400 block of West Adams Street about 11:10 p.m. in the United Center Park neighborhood, police said.

Police responded for a call about shots fired and found Brown shot to death on the rear porch of the West Side residence, police said. Brown, who lived in the 4100 block of West Gladys Avenue, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 11:35 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office.

Police had no information yet on a motive for the shooting or if anything such as gangs may have played a part in it. No suspect is in custody early Sunday.

February 15, 2009

A 19-year-old reputed gang-member was shot and killed on the South Side Saturday night after being shot inside a van.

Marcell Castle, of the 300 block of West 118th Street, was pronounced dead at Provident Hospital of Cook County at 7:05 p.m., a Cook County Medical Examiner’s office spokesman said.

Castle was inside a van in the 7500 block of South Wabash Avenue about 7 p.m. when a shooter came up to the van and fired shots, according to police, who received information on the shooting from an eyewitness.

Castle was struck by the gunfire and the driver of the van drove him to the hospital, abandoning the vehicle near the hospital, police said.

Castle was a member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, according to police.

Wentworth Area detectives are investigating
February 14, 2009

BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter
A 16-year-old boy who dreamed of going to college became the first Chicago Public Schools student to be slain by gunfire this year after he was shot Thursday near his Southwest Side home.

Police said that Johnel Ford was shot about 4:30 p.m., but they did not offer further details. Family members said that some witnesses said the shooter was on foot and ran away after shooting Ford in the head.

SW Side teen first CPS student fatally shot in '09
A student at Robeson High School, Ford was a "funny, smart, intelligent" kid who had a natural mechanical ability, was close to his family and wanted to go to college, said his sister, Cozetta Ford.

"He had a lot of friends," she said, but made some enemies too. Some people angry at him had thrown bottles at the family home recently, she said.

He had two sisters, a brother and a girlfriend.

Though Ford was the first CPS student to be shot to death in 2009, he was the 18th student to die by gunfire this school year.
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February 14, 2009

Police are looking for the people responsible for wounding three people in three separate shootings in less than an hour Saturday afternoon on the West Side.

Police said the same vehicle was involved in all three shootings and all the victims were targeted.

A male was shot in the leg in the 100 block of South Pulaski Road about 1:15 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli, who was citing preliminary information.

A man was shot in the 4500 block of West Jackson Boulevard at 1:53 p.m. and man was shot in the 4500 block of West Harrison Street at 2:06 p.m., Mirabelli said.

Police said all three people were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital. Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said a man was taken from 4531 W. Jackson Blvd. to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious-to-critical condition.

Conditions were not immediately available on the other two victims.

Police are reportedly looking for a white Dodge Charger, according to unconfirmed dispatch reports. Mirabelli could not immediately provide a description of the vehicle but confirmed the same vehicle was seen at all three shootings.

Harrison Area detectives are looking for the person or people inside the vehicle and remained on the scenes at 7 p.m.