Report: 4,000 people and counting have been shot in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s gun-controlled Chicago so far this year

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago, Il. has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and yet, it is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States. To date, over 4,000 people have been shot in the democratic-led city in 2020, and there are still a few days to go.

According to the Chicago Tribune, as of Dec. 18, the actual number of people who had been shot, not necessarily killed, was 4,005 people. As of Dec. 16, the number of people killed by gun violence in the city was listed at 744. 

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, that number is double the amount in all of 2019.

ABC News spoke to Pedro Wade, who lives on the west side of the City in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. Wade said that he was not surprised by the increase in violent crime and he believed his neighborhood was one of the worst in the city. 

Wade said:

“It’s very dangerous.  Any conflict at any moment, a small altercation can end with someone losing their life.”

Wade knows how tough it is to lose a loved one through acts of violence, as his brother was shot and killed while he walked home from school in 2016.  As of this article, no one has been arrested for that murder.

One of the notable figures for the violent city, led by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is that the majority of those victimized in violent crimes are young black men.

Reverend Marshall Hatch from the Mt Pilgrim Baptist Church noted:

“There are real people behind these numbers and real communities that are struggling, families who are fragile.”

Hatch noted that Chicago has had more murders this year than have been reported in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. 

Hatch said:

“With the humbling comparison that we have more murders in this community than the city of Minneapolis after George Floyd, it means we’re in a state of crisis.”

Along with the increase of gun violence in the city, the Chicago Police Department is reporting a significant increase of violence against them. They noted that people attacking officers has increased by 300 percent this year. 

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said:

“This has been a difficult year for law enforcement throughout the county as COVID-19 and civil unrest have converged to create charged environments in major U.S. cities. 

“Chicago is no exception. And yet, our officers continue to work hard every day to make our home a safer place. I want to commend our brave officers for putting their lives on the line and working to improve public safety.”

Over 70 officers have been shot at in Chicago so far this year, 10 of those shot at were actually struck. To put this in comparison, for 2019 during the same time frame, officers were shot at a total of 18 times, and of those, only three were struck.

One would think that Lightfoot would be working to curb the violence in her city, but instead, she was hard at work limiting the number of times the Chicago Police Department can work with federal immigration officials.  This is something that Lightfoot and other democratic leaders believes need to be stopped.

Under current Chicago law, known as the Welcoming City Ordinance, Chicago Police officers are able to work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement if the suspect is in the CPD’s gang database, if there is a previous felony conviction or pending felony case, or if the suspect has an outstanding warrant. 

Lightfoot plans to eliminate all of these conditions, as she believes that this is where she should be focusing her time and energy, instead of cutting down violent crime.

Lightfoot’s plan would eliminate the above circumstances in which Chicago Police officers can cooperate with immigration officials.  She would also ensure that detaining those criminal illegal aliens for the purposes of ICE taking custody of them would be prohibited.

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Police: 15-year-old charged in murder of retired Chicago fire lieutenant, believed to be part of carjacking ring

December 21, 2020

CHICAGO, IL – On Dec. 4, we brought you the story of retired Chicago firefighter Lieutenant Dwain Williams. 

Lt. Williams, 65, was exiting a specialty popcorn store and headed to his Jeep Grand Cherokee when four young men drove up in a dark sedan. 

Three of the young men got out, a couple produced handguns, and tried to steal Williams’ Jeep. He pulled his own weapon and exchanged fire with them – he was unfortunately struck with a bullet and killed in the fight.

On Thursday, Chicago police announced that a 15-year-old was arrested and charged in the decorated firefighter’s murder.

Brendan Deenihan, Chief of Detectives for the Chicago Police Department, said it was the past crimes of an alleged “carjacking crew” around the Chicago area that helped lead to an arrest in the killing.

Hours after a 15-year-old was charged with murder in the case, Chicago authorities credited the work of south suburban police and FBI officers with helping to bring justice in the case, though their investigation is far from complete.

Deenihan stated:

“This is a carjacking crew who’s involved in multiple different offenses.”

Police are still questioning one adult and looking for two others believed to be involved in the alleged carjacking that killed the 65-year-old.

Deenihan continued:

“The south suburban departments and the FBI were of great assistance to the detectives in this case, working together as a team because the south suburban departments were very familiar with this crew and believe they know some of these offenders.

 “Eventually, through evidence and through some technology, the detectives were able to narrow it down to these four individuals.”

The 15-year-old charged in the case faces first-degree murder and felony attempted robbery with a firearm.

The high school freshman was arrested by the Great Lakes Regional Task Force Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of West 16th Street, in Chicago Heights, according to police. A gun was recovered through a search warrant and testing was underway to determine if it was the weapon used in Williams’ fatal shooting.

The teen pleaded not guilty through his public defender Thursday and was ordered held in court custody until his next hearing on Dec. 21.

The Chicago Police Department released surveillance footage last week showing the moments leading up to and following the fatal shooting.

Williams shielded himself with his SUV, which was decorated with a red Rudolph nose and reindeer antlers, as he returned fire at the suspects. The veteran firefighter sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Assistant State’s Attorney Sophia David said that surveillance cameras recorded Williams as he drove by a gas station, where the group was parked in a black Ford Fusion that had been reported stolen days earlier in the south suburbs. It also recorded the Ford Fusion as it allegedly followed Williams.

As seen in surveillance video, the suspects jumped back in the vehicle they arrived in as a fourth individual drove the car away.

DNA and fingerprints recovered from the Ford also led to identifying the teen, including prints on the car’s license plate and roof of the car. Witnesses further identified him from still photos taken from surveillance footage.  According to prosecutors – the DNA and fingerprint evidence indicates that the 15-year-old was already in “the system.”

Williams’ widow, Karen, spoke at his celebration of life service at the Monument Of Faith Evangelistic Church:

“Dwain is an inspiration.  His kind and loving spirit resonated with others, as you can see.”

Karen Williams said her husband was a brave and courageous man, even in the final moments of his life.

Retired Chicago firefighter shot and killed while defending himself from carjacking
Dwain Williams

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot quoted Williams’ nephew at the service:

“[Williams’ nephew] said that if those men had given his uncle five more minutes, not only would he have talked them out of the crime that they were about to commit, but he would have shown them how to turn their lives into another direction and that he would have been there to help them do that. Unfortunately, he didn’t get those 5 minutes.”

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown spoke of the several tragedies intertwined in this one act:

“Fifteen is so young to be involved in such a heinous crime.

“We always think it’s a failure in our ability to change our young people’s behavior, but with that said, his actions were heinous.

“The fact that this murder took place as a result of a car being taken is something that is so tragic for this family.

”We owe it to this victim and his family to bring everyone, regardless of their age, to justice.”

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