Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s gun-controlled Chicago: 50 shot, five killed over the weekend – caps 614 shot in July alone

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago played host to yet another violent weekend spanning from the evening of July 30th though August 1st, with reportedly 50 people having been shot, with five of those shot fatally during the weekend.

The weekend violence in Chicago kicked off with reportedly at least 11 people having been injured in various shooting on the evening of July 30th.

Moving onto roughly 1:30 a.m. on July 31st, at least four people were injured in a shooting that occurred at Jackson Park, resulting in all those victims being hospitalized at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The Jackson Park shooting resulted in an unidentified male in “serious condition” after having been shot in his right leg.  The three other victims, cited as a 19-year-old male, 52-year-old female, and 20-year-old female were reportedly in fair condition following the shooting.

At approximately 9:25 a.m. on July 31st, a 27-year-old male, later identified as Demarcus Reed, was fatally shot in East Garfield Park. Authorities say that Reed was shot both in the head and the buttocks, which he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

A shooting that occurred in West Pullman on the city’s South Side at approximately 10:15 p.m. on July 31st resulted in one person being killed and two others being wounded.

Police say that a 28-year-old male was shot several times in the chest and once in the face, where the victim was later declared deceased after being transported to advocate Christ Medical Center.

As for other two victims, a 31-year-old male was left in serious condition after being shot in the chest and a 33-year-old female is in stable condition after being shot in the hand.

Hours later at approximately 12:20 a.m. on August 1st, a 32-year-old male was fatally shot in the South Shore area. Police say that the victim was standing outside when an unknown assailant shot him multiple times in the chest and abdomen. The victim was later declared deceased at an area hospital.

Minutes before 3:00 a.m. on August 1st, a 30-year-old male was fatally shot, and a 36-year-old male is in serious condition after a shooting that transpired in these city’s Near West Side.

The 30-year-old male was reportedly shot several times in the abdomen and chest, where he was later pronounced deceased at the scene, whereas the male listed in serious condition was shot one time in the chest.

The weekend shootings served as an unsavory cap to a month rife with shootings in Chicago, as there were reportedly 461 shootings incidents throughout all of July in the city.

While Chicago did see a minor decrease in homicides in July of 2021 as compared to July of 2020 (105 homicides in July 2021 versus 107 in July of 2020), the total number of shooting victims compared between the two years bears a concerning jump.

Reportedly, out of the 461 shooting incidents during July, there were a total of 614 people injured as a result of those shootings. Compared to July of 2020, there were 561 gunshot wound victims.

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Recently, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report regarding shootings occurring along the expressway in Chicago. Despite federal funding to help curb the instances, the problem is reportedly growing. 

Here’s that previous report from July. 

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CHICAGO, IL – Following two shootings that occurred on interstates in Chicago on the same day earlier in July, reports show that the number of expressway shootings in 2021 have already surpassed the total that occurred in 2020 and nearly tripled the number of occurrences in 2019.

Expressway shootings with regard to 2021 is looking grim for Chicago, as after the two shootings incidents that occurred on July 22nd, the city has now played host to 137 expressway shootings as of July 26th.

For the sake of context, there were 128 expressway shootings that occurred throughout all of 2020 and 52 that transpired throughout all of 2019.

The first of the expressway shootings on July 22nd happened during the morning traffic along the I-290. Police say that an unidentified male driver had witnessed a robbery occurring on the Chicago Transit Authority platform and had exited their vehicle and opened fire.

Police say no injuries occurred as a result of that shooting.

The second expressway shooting on July 22nd occurred o the I-94 near Old Orchard. Authorities say that a 22-year-old passenger inside of a vehicle traveling southbound on the interstate was shot by an unidentified individual in another vehicle.

Officials say that the victim in that case suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting.

Reportedly the Dan Ryan expressway, which runs from Circle Interchange with I-290 near downtown through the South Side, is among the most dangerous in Chicago in terms of shootings that occur on the roadways.

On July 21st, a Jeep Wrangler was hit with a myriad of bullets near 37th Street on the Dan Ryan Expressway, which served as the 43rd shooting to have occurred on that expressway since the onset of 2021.

Dr. Joe Schwieterman, an expert in transportation and urban planning, commented on the issues plaguing the Dan Ryan Expressway, noting that Chicago has enough stigma to not be further compounded by concerns of random shootings on the roads:

“The Dan Ryan, in particular, has certain intervals where it’s probably repeat offenders here. We have enough problems right now with our image with crime without this sort of drive-by motorist risk.”

These sorts of shootings have continued to surge in 2021, despite the Illinois State Police receiving a $12.5 million grant in February from the Illinois Department of Transportation to acquire the likes of license plate readers and programs, as well as specialized cameras.

In a statement from the Illinois State Police regarding the matter, the agency said that they “proactively patrol and saturate the Chicagoland expressways with the goal of ensuring public safety” and that they’re working to increase manpower and continue to strengthen strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies:

“We are reallocating additional troopers from around the state to combat gun violence and future cadet classes are committed to District Chicago to increase manpower to fight gun violence on the expressways.”

“We are also working with our state and federal partners on gun enforcement details to keep those who are prohibited from carrying weapons from having them. We continue to work with our state and federal partners to share intelligence on gun violence and gun trafficking.”

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A prime example of one of the brazen expressway shootings involved two ATF agents agents and a Chicago Police officer being shot at back in early July while on the I-57. 

We at Law Enforcement Today reported on the shooting incident and the suspects that was subsequently arrested in connection to the incident. And according to officials, the suspect fired at the agents and officer due to him mistaking them for gang members. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the non-fatal shooting of two ATF agents and a Chicago Police officer that occurred on July 7th in Morgan Park.

Officials say that the agents and officer were fired upon while inside of a vehicle after the suspect allegedly pulled up alongside their car and opened fire.

On July 7th at approximately 5:50 a.m., two ATF agents and a Chicago Police officer were working as part of an ATF task force and were driving in an unmarked vehicle on a ramp near northbound I-57 and 119th Street.

Officials say that a man, identified as 28-year-old Eugene McLaurin, driving a Chevrolet Malibu sedan was following the unmarked vehicle, later pulling up beside the agents and the officer and shooting into the vehicle.

One of the ATF agents was struck in the hand, while the other agent was struck in their torso. The Chicago Police officer was said to have suffered a graze wound to his head. All three of the injured officers were reportedly treated at an area hospital and subsequently released the same day.

Following the shooting, officials say that police first located the Chevy Malibu and later caught up with McLaurin on July 7th and placed him into custody.

According to the criminal complaint lodged against McLaurin, he’d apparently thought the agents and officer he allegedly fired upon were rival gang members

“McLaurin stated that he began following the Chrysler because he believed that it was a vehicle driven by ‘opps,’ referring to members of a rival street gang.”

“Specifically, McLaurin explained that on or about July 6, 2021 — the day before the shooting — a friend told McLaurin that there was a white Chrysler 300 surveilling the area.”

McLaurin has since been charged with one count of using a dangerous and deadly weapon to assault an ATF agent, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. The suspect faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

McLaurin was scheduled to have his first appearance in federal court on July 8th before U.S. Magistrate Judge Heather K. McShain.

We at Law Enforcement Today found that the suspect allegedly behind the shooting has quite the arrest record in Chicago. 

Back in May of 2014, McLaurin was arrested for unlawful participation in streetgang related activity. Not even two weeks after that arrest, McLaurin was arrested again for drinking in public. And five days after his drinking in public arrest, McLaurin was arrested again for unlawful participation in streetgang related activity.

Eugene McLaurin mugshot from August 2014 - Chicago Police
Eugene McLaurin mugshot from August 2014 – Chicago Police

Then in August of 2014, McLaurin was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm and possession of ecstasy. 

McLaurin wouldn’t be arrested in Chicago again until April of 2017, in that case catching a charge for domestic battery.

McLaurin would then be arrested in December of 2018 for a gun offender registration infraction and then issued a warrant for his arrest in February of 2019 under 725 ILCS 5.0/110-3 (which relates to warrants issued for breaking terms of bond/bail). 

Eugene McLaurin mugshot from December 2020 - Chicago Police
Eugene McLaurin mugshot from December 2020 – Chicago Police

McLaurin’s most recent arrest in Chicago, prior to the federal charges, occurred back in December of 2020. In that December 2020 arrest, McLaurin was charged with a moving violation, driving without a license and possession of a controlled substance. 

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing case. 

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