14-year-old in critical condition after being shot on South Side

400sterlingjpeg-7a0b743ad754adb1A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition following a shooting early Saturday on the 400 block of Sterling Avenue (Chris Libonati | Syracuse.com)

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition following a shooting early this morning on the 400 block of Sterling Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene regarding a shooting call at 12:47 a.m. and found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to his “upper body,” said police spokesman Sgt. Richard Helterline.

The teen was taken to Upstate University Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition, police said.

Police said there is no suspect information available.

A resident called in that people were running away from the shots on the 300 block of Coolidge Avenue and at least one vehicle sped off after the shots were fired, according to police scanner reports.


* Police ID 15-year-old boy killed in Syracuse shooting

The shooting happened in the 300 block of Coolidge Avenue on the South Side.

The 400 block of Sterling Avenue is right next to the 300 block of Coolidge Avenue, where a 15-year-old boy, Loindale Johnson, was shot and killed Oct. 3.

Police said there is no indication at the moment that the shootings are related.

The 14-year-old is the third teen shot since Oct. 3. Earlier this week, a 12-year-old boy, James Springer III, was shot and killed on the North Side earlier this week. Police have made an arrest in that case.

Earlier Friday, a 20-year-old man was shot several times in a separate shooting, police said.

Police said the man arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital in a personal vehicle with gunshot wounds to abdomen, legs and arm. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital for treatment.

Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

Officers responded to the 200 block of Ash Street when they learned the victim had been taken to the hospital. The victim told police he was standing on his porch when he was shot, police said.

There is no suspect information in that shooting, police said, which occurred about half a mile from where Springer, the 12-year-old, was shot and killed.


* Arrest made in killing of Syracuse 12-year-old boy

James Springer III, 12, was killed near the corner of Park and John streets on Wednesday night.

Police said they are investigating the shootings and are asking the public for information if they have any.

“These investigations are active at this time, but there is no indication that these incidents are related to any other recent shooting incidents,” Helterline said.

Police ask anyone with information to call the department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (315)442-5222. Calls can be confidential. Tipsters can also use the “SPD Tips” app.

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Chicago: 75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black The numbers are horrifying.

After hearing about a woman attempting to start a sex-strike in Chicago, ultimately based on the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata, to end the gun violence, we thought it would be good to dig into the numbers a little bit. We wish we hadn’t.

Simply put, Chicago has a massive Black-on-Black murder problem. All of the data below comes from the Chicago Police Department. You can access it here.

In 2011, the latest data officially released by the Chicago Police, there were 433 homicides. Of these, just 128 (29%) had a corresponding prosecution.

VICTIMS

83.4% of deaths were from shootings, 6.7% stabbings, and 6.5% assaults. Of the 362 firearm homicides, 351 (97%) were from handguns. 77% of all homicide victims had a prior arrest history. Victims were 90% male.

Victims by Age:

Victims by Race:

What stands out the most looking at both charts and knowing that 90% of the victims are male is that a lot of young, Black men are being killed in Chicago. No race comes even close to overall deaths by homicide. Keep in mind that based on 2010 Census numbers, only 33% of Chicago’s population was classified as Black.

OFFENDERS

In 2011, there were 140 convicted offenders for the 128 victims with an associated prosecution. There were more offenders than victims because 10.7% of homicides had two offenders and 10.0% had three or more offenders convicted. 87% of all offenders had a prior arrest history. Offenders were 88% male.

Offenders by Age:

Offenders by Race:

The data on offenders also tells a troubling story: Young, Black males are overwhelmingly committing most of the murders. Based on the data on the victims, that means young, Black males are primarily killing other young, Black males. What a terrible situation.

Now, we can and should debate about the causes, but let us just say that it’s hard to believe that racism is the root of it. Yes, some will argue that systemic racism traps Blacks in poverty, but does that explain why Blacks would seem to target other Blacks with such overwhelming violence and frequency compared to any other race? Furthermore on the race issue, it’s interesting to note that the Hispanics seem to actually murder more than they are murdered, while both Whites and Blacks are indeed murdered more than they murder.

Looking at the troubling statistics, is it reasonable to be reminded of Don Lemon’s (a Black, CNN anchor) somewhat famous and controversial comments during the George Zimmerman acquittal in 2013:

“‘Black people,’ Lemon said, ‘if you really want to fix the problem, here’s just five things that you should think about doing.’

The No. 1 item on that list — ‘and probably the most important,’ he said — had to do with out-of-wedlock births.

‘Just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should,’ Lemon said. ‘Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.'”

What Lemon describes is a culture problem. It’s not that there isn’t culture, it’s whether or not it is the type that truly promotes human flourishing. Watching videos like the one below, our hearts go out to any mom or dad (hopefully, both) trying to raise a child right in such carnage.

Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Takeout and a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota. Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis’ KTLK and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights by giving presentations to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. Devin and his wife have been married for seventeen years and have five children. When he’s not working, Devin enjoys time with family the most while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.

Watch Devin Foley and Christina Hoff Sommers recently discuss the question, “Is there a war against men?

Florida man, 23, threatens to ‘shoot up’ Disney World if he got five ‘likes’ on his threat!

         Derek Eitel, 23, of Cocoa, Florida, posted the disturbing threat in a group chat

  • ‘5 likes and I’ll go shoot up Disney and hang myself,’ he reportedly wrote
  • Kelly Maki, claimed on Facebook that she was a member of the chat group, said Eitel only received one ‘like’ on his comment – from himself
  •  Maki added that she and a friend had reported him to the police
  •  Eitel has reportedly confessed to typing the threat during an interview
  •  He is now charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm

A Florida man threatened to go and ‘shoot up’ Walt Disney World if his comment got enough likes.

Derek Eitel, 23, posted the disturbing threat in a group chat with more than 800 members, according to an arrest affidavit.

‘5 likes and I’ll go shoot up Disney and hang myself,’ he reportedly wrote, according to Florida Today.

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Derek Eitel, 23, posted the disturbing threat in a group chat with more than 800 members, according to an arrest affidavit

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In it, he threatened to go and ‘shoot up’ Walt Disney World (pictured) if his comment got enough likes

At least two members who spotted the message reported it to the police.

Kelly Maki claimed on Facebook that she was a member of the chat group.

She said Eitel only received one ‘like’ on his comment – from himself.

Maki added that she and a friend had reported him to the police, and believes others also raised the alarm as and when they saw it.

The 23-year-old was arrested and charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm

Eitel, of Cocoa, Florida, has reportedly confessed to typing the threat on his phone during an interview with officers.

The 23-year-old, who posted a picture which read ‘Better Off Gone’ earlier this month, was arrested and charged with making written threats to kill or do bodily harm.

He was being held at the Brevard County Jail.

Woman allegedly shoots husband in head for speaking to her in the wrong tone of voice!

Lawanda Brown, 57, was arrested for attempted murder, the sheriff’s office said. (Nassau County Sheriff’s Office)

FLORIDA — What started out as a simple Google search together, led to a violent act, according to the New York Post.

58-year-old Tony Brown was found in a pool full of blood after his 57-year-old wife, Lawanda Brown, allegedly shot him in the head.

According to the New York Post, the two were working on a project for their consulting agency, when things suddenly took a turn for the worse.

Lawanda said she didn’t like the tone of voice Tony was using towards her when she asked him to search Google for a project template. She told investigators that the last thing she remembered was her husband walking out of the room.

Shortly after, she said her memory then became “a blur.”

Tony was airlifted to the hospital where he is in critical condition. Lawanda was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the New York Post.

She is being held on a $500,000 bail.

According to the New York Post, Tony was nominated in 2001 by President George W. Bush for a position in the US Treasury Department.

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Pregnant Bride and Dad Shot on Wedding By Ex-Wife!

A father has been seriously injured after jumping in the line of fire trying to protect his pregnant daughter from being shot….

According to NewsWeek:

Police said 74-year-old Frederick Waring “took the brunt of the injuries” attempting to save the life of his 23-year-old daughter, who is five months pregnant with twins, reported KYW-TV. Waring is reported to have been shot at least 10 times and is in the hospital in critical condition.

The shootout on the day of the woman’s wedding occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 in southwest Philadelphia. Detectives believe the shooting was the result of a domestic issue after the ex-wife of the groom turned up with two other men.

In a news conference, Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Walker said there was an altercation which stemmed from “jealousy” after the man’s ex-wife saw a Facebook post saying how he was about to get married again.. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the ex-wife and others went to the 23-year-old woman’s home on the 5800 block of Hadfield Street, police said. After the ex-wife approached the woman, “there was some type of altercation,” Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said at a news conference Monday afternoon.

“As that escalated, some of the males in the crowd, at least two, pulled out handguns,” Walker said. “The father of the 23-year-old woman jumped in front of his daughter. Obviously, he took the brunt of the injuries.” The father was shot as many as 10 times in his upper body, Walker said. His daughter was shot in the left hip and leg.

Police did not release either victim’s name or that of the ex-wife. Neighbors on the block where the father and daughter live confirmed that the father’s name is Fred Waring. He was in critical condition Monday afternoon at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, while his daughter was in stable condition, Walker said. He said the motive for the shooting was “jealousy.”

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Chicago violence: 7 killed in one neighborhood in 12 hours!

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CHICAGO — Seven people, including four men killed in a gang-retaliation attack at a fast-food restaurant and a pregnant woman found with a gunshot wound to the head, were gunned down Thursday in three separate incidents within blocks of each other, police said.

The latest convulsion of violence, which occurred over a 12-hour period in the city’s South Shore neighborhood, comes as Chicago tallied nearly 900 murders in the past 15 months.

Two people — a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman — were fatally shot as they drove near the South Shore Cultural Center, a popular recreational spot operated by the city’s park district, around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a black Jeep drove alongside the victim’s van and opened fire, causing the van to strike a pole. The woman, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and the man —who was a documented gang member — was shot in the side, according to police. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

In the quadruple homicide about seven hours earlier, four male victims were found in or around the Nadia Fish and Chicken restaurant, according to police.

Police said a male suspect approached the restaurant and fired shots. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two of the victims — 28-year-old Emmanuel Stokes and 32 year-old Edwin Davis — inside the restaurant. Dillon Jackson, 20, was found dead outside the restaurant. His brother, Raheem Jackson, 19, was found in a nearby yard. The Jackson brothers’ mother worked in the restaurant where they were shot.

Shortly after noon, police responded to an incident at an apartment about a mile from the restaurant in which Patrice Calvin, 26, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head. She was four months pregnant, according to police.

“She was a beautiful person,” said her mother, Patricia Pulliam, who spoke briefly to USA TODAY as she left Calvin’s apartment on Friday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the killings “evil.”

“There is a level of evil and depravity about an individual [who] would shoot a pregnant woman,” Emanuel told reporters. “There is a level of evil and depravity of an individual who would walk into a restaurant and, in front of a mother, shoot her sons.

The seven killings in South Shore followed another gang-related fatal shooting in the neighborhood late Wednesday, in which police said four men exited a vehicle and opened fire on a 37-year-old man as he was walking on a sidewalk. The man, who was wounded on the side of his body, transported himself to an area hospital, but later died from his injuries.

No suspects are in custody in any of the incidents. Police declined to comment on whether the shootings are connected.

Police Superintend Eddie Johnson said investigators believe the shooting at the restaurant as well as the double homicide near the cultural center were gang-related, but declined to provide more specific details because of the ongoing investigation.

“We know for certain that these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in the area,” Johnson said. “While that doesn’t lessen the weight of what happened, we know these aren’t random acts of violence.”

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A team of detectives canvassed the area Thursday evening, looking for private security video from businesses that may have captured portions of the incident, Guglielmi said. The department also beefed up patrols in the neighborhood following the spate of shootings.

With more than 760 murders last year, Chicago tallied more killings than New York City and Los Angeles combined. It was the highest murder toll for the city in nearly two decades.

In the first three months of 2017, murders have slightly decreased with the city recording 123 murders through Sunday, compared to 136 at the same time last year, according to police department data.

The bulk of the murders have occurred in a few predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides. Police department brass say the vast majority of the killings are tied to the gang-fueled drug trade in those areas.

On the campaign trail and during his first two months in the White House, President Trump has repeatedly criticized Mayor Emanuel and the city leadership for not doing enough to stem the violence. Trump has also made vague threats to order federal intervention.

Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson have called on Trump to help fight the gun violence by sending the city more ATF agents and federal prosecutors. They’ve also asked Trump to boost funding for job and mentorship programs.

In recent months, the police department has built a series of data-driven support centers in some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods that use hyper-local video and data to help officers more quickly respond to shootings and help police predict where the next incident may occur.

While the data suggests a modest reduction in violence compared to last year, some residents in the city’s hardest hit neighborhoods say it’s hard to feel the progress that police and politicians are touting.

“The politicians, or the police, they’re not doing their job,” said Natasha Dunn, a South Shore resident. “The police, most of them mean well, but for the most part there is this lax way of dealing with crime in our community because there is this perception that we are all criminals. We are being ignored.”

Tio Hardiman, who heads Violence Interrupters, a Chicago organization that works to mediate gang conflicts before they turn violent, said federal, state and city leaders deserve criticism for the handling of the situation in Chicago.

“President Trump, Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, if they cannot find a bonafide solution that actually stops violence in Chicago, then they should start providing the young men on the South and West sides of Chicago with bulletproof vests and helmets,” Hardiman said.

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Man shot in head at Museum District gas station!

Cassandra Nickcole Damper, 25, has been charged with tampering/fabricating evidence after she was accused of accidentally shooting a man in the Museum District, Sunday, April 1, 2018.

A woman accused of accidentally shooting a man in the head in front of a Museum District gas station will have her case referred to a grand jury.

Cassandra Nickcole Damper, 25, is charged with tampering/fabricating evidence after she allegedly shot a man who was in the car with her at a Valero gas station, on Southmore and Almeda.

The incident appeared to involve young people “playing with guns,” said Houston police Detective John Roberts.

Officers rushed to the gas station around 2:30 a.m. in response to a call for shots fired. When they arrived, police found three people in their 20s in a white car in the parking lot.

One of them, a man who police have not identified, had been shot in the head. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition.

Under questioning, the other two people in the car told police they’d been handling two guns they thought were unloaded. Damper told police that she was playing with the weapons when one of them went off, police said.

While she was in police custody, Damper tried to wipe off any gunshot residue that might have been on her, police said.

She was arrested at the scene.

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