2 dead, 16 wounded in weekend violence
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE December 16, 2012 8:54AM
Updated: December 17, 2012 3:02AM
Two people were killed and at least 16 more were wounded in weekend violence across the city, including an Englewood neighborhood man shot to death at 11:15 a.m. Saturday by police who thought he was armed with a gun.
Angry residents of the neighborhood threw bottles and rocks at officers in protest after Jamaal Moore, 23, was shot to death by an officer who thought he saw Moore reach for a gun as he fought with police, police said.
Moore, who police suspected was involved in an armed robbery of a truck driver and a spate of robberies of trucks as they stopped in traffic on the South Side, was shot by police as he reached for a flashlight while fighting with the officer who was trying to arrest him.
Moore was in an SUV that crashed near Ashland and 55th, while trying to outrun police, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden. Moore fought with an officer while other occupants of the vehicle fled the scene, police said.
The Chicago Police Department’s News Affairs office said in a statement that as the two fought, the officer saw what he thought was a firearm.
“In fear for both their lives, the officer fired, striking the offender,” the statement said. Moore was dead by 12:13 p.m., according to the Medical Examiner’s office.
At least five men were charged with mob action after bricks and bottles were thrown at police after Moore was killed.
Terry M. Walker, 31, of the 1400 block of North Lawler, was charged with two counts of simple assault, two counts of resisting a peace officer and one count of mob action; Bruce Williams, 22, of the 5500 block of South Hermitage, was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count each of mob action and possession of cannabis; Jeremy Jones, 26, of the 12400 block of South Honore in Calumet Park, was charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting a police officer and mob action; Aarion Pittman, 20, of the 5600 block of South Marshfield, was charged with mob action, and Richard Q. Lanier, 19, of the 5000 block of South Loomis, was charged with resisting a police officer and mob action.
Walker was ordered held on $50,000 bond; Williams and Jones on $10,000 bond, and Pittman and Lanier were each ordered held on $5,000 bond.
The other shooting death over the weekend happened about 2:45 a.m. Sunday near Western and Flournoy on the Near West Side. Gavin Williams, 28, of Zion, was fatally shot in the chest while he stood on the front porch of a home, police and the medical examiner’s office said.
According to police, some of the other shootings included:
• A 26-year-old man was shot about 9:45 p.m. Friday in Lawndale. Police say he was standing with a group of people in the 1500 block of South Sawyer when shots were fired, police said. The man was shot in the buttocks when he tried to run away and was hospitalized, police said.
• A man in his 20s was shot in the left buttock in the 1300 block of North California in West Town about 9:45 p.m. Friday.
• A man thought to be in his 20s who was shot in the head in the 5400 block of South Komensky about 8:18 p.m. Friday on the Southwest Side, He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.
• A 16-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in the 100 block of South Western about 5:20 p.m. Friday. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, authorities said.
• About 10 minutes earlier, two teenagers were wounded when a person wielding a gun opened fire in the 1700 block of East 71st Place, police said. The boys — 14 and 16 — both suffered gunshot wounds to the right leg and were taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.
• Two men were shot about 10:30 a.m. Sunday n the 1800 block of North Whipple in Humboldt Park, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli. A 31-year-old man was shot in his abdomen and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Mirabelli said. Another man, whose age was not immediately known, was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, Mirabelli said.
• About 11 a.m. Sunday, a woman walked into Mount Sinai Hospital after suffering a graze wound in her chest in a shooting in the 4000 block of West Grenshaw on the West Side, according to Mirabelli.
As of Sunday night, police had made no arrests in any of the shootings. The Independent Police Review Authority was investigating the officer-involved shooting.