In Chicago, local political leaders have tried to rebrand gang violence as gun violence. In reality, guns don’t shoot up Windy City neighborhoods, but gang bangers certainly do. And here we are, almost five months after Governor Pritzker signed a gun and magazine ban, and gang members fearlessly unload on their rivals, killing one and wounding at least three others.
To add insult in injury, one of the 16-year-olds who were targeted by this attack raised a pistol and fired shots at police officers who were responding to the full-auto volley of gunfire. He was the only arrest CPD made in the incident.
It all happened just after 8pm on Thursday . . .
CWB Chicago has details . . .
A newly acquired video shows four people, at least two armed with machine guns, unleashing a torrent of gunfire in Chicago on Wednesday evening. The shots left a 14-year-old boy dead and at least three others injured.
Later, a 16-year-old boy fired a gun at Chicago police officers as they investigated the shooting. He was charged yesterday with six counts of attempted murder of peace officers.
The video, provided to CWBChicago by a source, shows four people walking across a vacant lot in the 4200 block of South Wells around 8:20 p.m. on June 1. …
Chicago police officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert and found four victims lying on the ground and a 16-year-old boy armed with a handgun nearby, according to CPD. The boy fired his weapon toward officers, and the cops fired back, then took him into custody, according to a police media statement.
The boy had a gunshot wound to his leg, but investigators were not immediately sure if he was shot in the earlier shooting or by officers. CPD said two guns were also recovered at the shooting scene.
No charges have been announced in connection with the shooting seen in the video.
A 14-year-old boy, identified as Pierre Johnson, was shot in the chest and died. An 18-year-old man was critically wounded by a gunshot wound to the back, and a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest and leg. He was also in critical condition, according to Chicago police. A woman, age 21, was shot in the hand.
The gang bangers in the video are no doubt unaware that fully automatic firearms must be registered with the ATF under the National Firearms Act. Or maybe they just became impatient waiting for their Form 1’s to be approved. That can be particularly frustrating after paying for the $200 tax stamp.
The “Wild West” had nothing on present day Chicago, thanks to gangs virtually owning the streets and politicians who would rather posture for votes than take any meaningful action to protect local residents. They’re far more interested in first, getting the money.
This is what results from crime without consequences.