Given what happened in Boulder, Colorado yesterday, most folks probably missed a very similar case that took place in Chicago over the weekend. Tracey Thomas, 29, reportedly told police investigators that he wanted to lure CPD officers into an ambush and kill as many cops as possible.
Fortunately the suspect, his junky little Lorcin .380, and a small fortune worth of .380 ACP hollow-point ammunition suffered an epic fail. But not before he wounded one cop and another innocent bystander while shooting at people at every opportunity in Chicago’s hardscrabble Austin neighborhood.
In fact, if Thomas, a felon, had a reliable gun instead of the Lorcin, he might have caused much more mayhem. His first victim, riding a bike, saw the would-be killer trying to clear a malfunction and quickly rode away. That bike rider suffered a very close call with bullet holes in his clothing.
More clueless citizens nearly fell victim to Thomas, including one guy who took a round in the buttocks when he stopped his car to check his tire after hearing popping sounds. It could have been a scene from The Jerk.
The Chicago Sun-Times has details of the attempted mass murder of police and others.
A man accused of going on a shooting spree Saturday in Austin that wounded two people, including a Chicago police officer, was trying to “lure” cops to the area “because he wanted them to kill him,” prosecutors said Sunday.
Tracey Thomas Jr. was charged with the attempted murder of five officers, including the cop who was shot, according to Chicago police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He wasn’t charged in separate shooting incidents involving civilians. …
Three officers responded; they found spent shell casings before they heard more gunfire and took cover. At least one round pierced a police SUV, noted Konstantopoulos.
Detectives then heard gunshots coming from that area and saw Thomas in the alley, Konstantopoulos said. When he fled west, the detectives tried to cut him off but lost sight of him. They then issued an advisory with his description.
Two other officers responding to a call of shots fired then got out of their vehicle to search for Thomas. When one of the officers approached a building at 205 N. La Crosse Ave., Thomas allegedly shot her in the hand as he positioned himself in a first-floor window.
In the end, after twice shooting at responding officers, Thomas opted to hole up in a building for a few hours. SWAT showed up and Mr. Thomas finally surrendered.
CWB Chicago reported that Thomas is one of a number of criminals arrested for killing or trying to kill someone in Chicago while out of jail under the Land of Lincoln’s “affordable bail” program since the first of the year. Welcome to Murder City USA.
Thomas has been AWOL on drug distribution charges since he stopped showing up for court appearances in September, court records show. He is the eleventh person accused of killing or trying to kill someone in Chicago this year while on bond for another felony.
The Sun-Times somehow forgot to mention that tidbit.
Once more, this case proves that the only thing that stops a mentally-unbalanced bully with an illegally possessed gun and evil in his heart is a good guy with a gun.