Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Update X2 - One Dead In Uptown Shooting, Died On Scene (Photos)

IN YET ANOTHER UPTOWN CHICAGO SHOOTING, TWO MEN WERE SHOT AND ONE DIED ALMOST INSTANTLY as they stood at the curb in front of 4518 N. Magnolia Avenue around 4:40 this afternoon. What we learned at the crime scene contradicts what is being reported by the local big media, who (once again) got it wrong. UPDATE, July 29: Chicago Breaking News (Chicago Tribune) finally reported that one of the shooting victims died -- 14 hours after we did. Although, they are reporting that one victim died in a hospital at 1:38 this morning, we stand by our earlier report that he died at the shooting scene (see red paragraph below). ALSO: More Shooting In Uptown, July 29; Retaliation For Magnolia Murder Neighbors on the street told Chicago News Bench that the men were shot near a parked blue van (photo below) and that one of them died in the street. (The van does not seem to have been involved in the shooting.) As we photographed the scene at 7:45 this evening, a CPD Special Investigations van was doing an on-the-scene line up of suspects. According to a Chicago Breaking News report filed at 7:42 p.m., "A 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 27-year-old man was shot in the leg, said Ursitti. The two men were involved in an argument with other men who fired from a vehicle, police said.... Chicago Fire Department paramedics took both men in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital, said Kevin MacGregor, a fire department spokesman. Initially officials said that only one person had been hospitalized." Note that the 7:42 p.m. Chicago Breaking News story said that "paramedics took both men in serious condition" to a hospital. Witnesses told Chicago News Bench within the past hour that one of the men was completely covered in by a sheet and that he overheard police officers talking about "this murder investigation." That would explain why officials at first "said that only one person had been hospitalized." Witnesses also told Chicago News Bench that there was a police officer standing in front of 4536 N. Magnolia, just a few doors away, at the time of the shooting. As of 8:00 p.m., police still had most of the block taped off between W. Wilson and W. Sunnyside. Mysteriously, Chicago Breaking News is now reporting that the shooting happened in the "Sheridan Park" neighborhood. Their earlier reports accurately said that the shooting happened in Uptown. (Did Alderman Shiller scream at them to use the fake real estate agent name for that part of the neighborhood?) WHO ELSE GOT IT WRONG: CBS2 is not yet reporting the death, either. At 7:51 p.m., they reported that "Fire Media Affairs Chief Kevin MacGregor said two people were taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center." WGN reported at 7:39 p.m. that "A Chicago Fire Department spokesperson says both victims was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital in serious condition." Photo Left: Mobile forensics lab, usually called out for homicide investigations. Perhaps these "professional journalists" should actually get out into the field and talk to people, instead of just sending their camera crews out to get b-roll video footage. According to, "Sheridan Park is a sub-neighborhood of Uptown bounded by Irving Park, Montrose, Broadway and Clark. It is a National Register Historic District and is comprised of a history-rich blend of architectural styles. Recent years have seen an explosion of high-end rennovations in Sheridan Park's beautiful houses." neglected to mention a high concentration of Section 8 housing, gang members, frequent shootings and an ample supply of narcotics at all hours of the day and night, all conveniently located just steps from Chicago's "nastiest CTA station." EARLIER REPORTS: BREAKING - 5:45 PM approx - .... gang related shooting in Uptown neighborhood in #Chicago. at 4518 N. Magnolia Avenue - Source: is reporting one, possibly two vicitms, conditions unknown at this time... UPDATE - 6:45 PM approx: #Chicago Police confirm two men shot at 4518 N. Magnolia in Uptown neighborhood. Unknown conditions. Newstipper says one poss fatal.