Two Shot in Garfield Park — Will Daley and Council Scream?

Will Chicago’s City Council scream for justice this week when they reflect on the sad news from Garfield Park?

From the Sun-Times:

A man and teenage boy were fatally shot in the West Side’s Garfield Park neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

The victims were found at 54 N. Lotus Ave. and 5449 W. Washington Blvd., but were part of a single shooting, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said. The victims’ names are being withheld pending family notification.

A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and a 16-year-old boy was shot in the chest about 4:30 p.m., police News Affairs said. Both victims were dead on the scene. Autopsies are scheduled for Sunday.

This did not happen at the Taste of Chicago.  Recall the sanctimonious furor directed at Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis after the Taste shootings.  This just happened.

More sad news from Chicago’s south side:

A 30-year-old Morgan Park man was fatally shot in the head early Saturday morning on Chicago’s far South Side.

Police responded to a call of shots fired on the 600 block of East 131st Street around 2:45 a.m. Saturday, according to police news affairs.

Police found Charles Jackson, of the 900 block of West 115th Street, unresponsive, police and a spokeswoman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Jackson was the second man fatally shot in the head Saturday morning.

In a separate incident, Nawez Muhammed, 28, of the 900 block of West Winona Street, was fatally shot around 12:50 a.m. on the 2100 block of South Pulaski Avenue after an argument between the victim and another man.

Sadly, Mayor Daley may be backing down on his recent pledge to defy the U.S. Supreme court’s opinion on banning handguns:

At a news conference called to tout the 6,848 guns collected at last week’s gun turn-in program, Daley was asked point-blank whether he would continue the legal fight to keep Chicago’s handgun ban.

“We don’t know yet. … We’re not gonna run away. We’re gonna try to figure this out,” he said.-

Any legal fight would be expensive for the taxpayers, and may be futile.  But the long-term cost to the community of hundreds of homicides is far worse than any legal battle would ever be. Hizzoner can be pretty fairly persuasive when he wants to be.

South side, west side, gunfire and murder all around, every day.

It might be worth it for Daley to dig his heels in on this one.


  • imtp1787

    The Supreme Court ruling amounts to a death sentence for thousands of Americans and a huge blow against freedom: the freedom for communities to pass laws to protect ourselves, the freedom to walk down the street without fear. Only people swarn to protect the community–legitimate police–should be allowed to have certain types of weapons.