Trump slams El Paso native O’Rourke ahead of visit to grieving city

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF NBC NEWS)

 

Trump slams El Paso native O’Rourke ahead of visit to grieving city

O’Rourke hit back at Trump, tweeting that “22 people in my hometown are dead after an act of terror inspired by your racism.”

8 killed, 40 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES NEWSPAPER)

 

8 killed, 40 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

Two women were killed in a triple shooting in Gresham, and a 12-year-old girl was among three people who were shot on a porch in Englewood.

8 killed and 40 hurt across Chicago in weekend shootings
Chicago police investigate the scene where two people were shot and killed and one was wounded, Friday night, in the 7500 block of South Stewart, in the Gresham neighborhood
 Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

At least 48 people were shot — eight fatally — in incidents of gun violence within city limits over the weekend.

Shootings escalated as the weekend went on: Nine people were wounded Friday after 5 p.m., 15 were shot Saturday and Sunday saw 24 people shot.

On Sunday, a 3-year-old boy died from what Chicago police said may be an accidental gunshot wound in South Deering.

Family members told police they were in another room in the 9600 block of South Escanaba when they heard a gunshot at about 4:15 p.m., CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. They rushed to see what happened and found the boy with the gun. He suffered a gunshot wound to the face, police said.

Family members took the boy to Trinity Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Guglielmi said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t provided details about his death.

The Department of Children and Family Services has been called in to assist police investigations, Guglielmi said.

The weekend’s latest fatal gun violence incident happened a few hours earlier in Lawndale on the West Side.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert about 4:59 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Douglas Boulevard, police said. There, they found a 24-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds, including to his face and head.

He was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

On Saturday, another man was found shot to death a few blocks away in the same neighborhood.

About 8:20 p.m., Curtis Davis was sitting in a vehicle in the 4000 block of West Grenshaw Street when he was shot in the back of the head, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A few hours earlier, a man was discovered fatally wounded in a home in Park Manor on the South Side.

Officers found Eric Hamilton Jr., 29, inside the home about 2:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of South Wabash Avenue with a gunshot wound to his forehead, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just after dawn, a man was killed in University Village on the South Side near the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

Officers responded to a call of a person shot about 7:10 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Blue Island Avenue and found a man who had been struck multiple times, Chicago police said.

The man, who was thought to be between 18 and 20 years old, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately provide details about the fatality.

About three hours earlier, a man was shot and killed in Englewood on the South Side.

Officers responded about 4:07 a.m. to the 5600 block of South Loomis Boulevard for a call of shots fired and found Robert Scott, 32, with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.

On Friday, a man was fatally gunned down in Austin on the West Side.

Desmond Curry, 28, was standing next to a vehicle about 11:38 p.m. in the 700 block of North Waller Avenue when an unknown number of males approached him on foot and opened fire, police and the medical examiner’s office said. He was hit multiple times in the body.

He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he later died, police said.

Another man, 30, was also struck by gunfire, police said. He was walking on the sidewalk when shots rang out and was hit in the back. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

Earlier, two women were killed and a man was wounded in a triple shooting in Gresham on the South Side.

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert about 10 p.m. in the 7500 block of South Stewart Avenue and found the women suffering from gunshot wounds, police said.

Chantell Grant, 26, and 35-year-old Andrea Stoudemire were struck in the chest and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where they were pronounced dead, authorities said.

A man, 30, was hit in the arm and took himself to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition, police said.

There were no reported shootings Monday morning before 5 a.m.

At least 30 others were hurt in gun violence incidents over the weekend across Chicago.

Last weekend, shootings left three dead and 40 others wounded.

Read more on crime, and track the city’s homicides.

Chicago Ends a Bloody Year With 762 Homicides

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Chicago Ends a Bloody Year With 762 Homicides

Residents And Activists Hold Anti-Violence March After Deadly Year In Chicago
Scott Olson—Getty Images The Rev. Jesse Jackson (L) and Rev. Michael Pfleger carry crosses as they march with other residents, activists, and family members of victims of gun violence down Michigan Avenue to draw attention to the city’s rising murder rate on Dec. 31, 2016 in Chicago.

There were nearly 300 more homicides than the previous year

(CHICAGO) — One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents.

Police released crime statistics on Sunday that reveal rampant gun violence. Not only were nearly 300 more homicides and more than 1,000 more shooting incidents than there were in 2015, but the total number of homicides was the highest since 1997.

The statistics also show that the bulk of the homicides were in five of the city’s poorest neighborhoods on the South and West sides, where violent street gangs are most active.

The police department has long lamented the flood of illegal guns into the city. Sunday’s statistics show that the 8,300 illegal guns recovered in 2016 represents a 20 percent increase from the year before.

Is President Putin Telling U.S. Politicians They Need To Grow Up, Lose Their Ego’s?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF BLOOMBERG NEWS)

Putin Says U.S. Isn’t Banana Republic, Must Get Over Itself

October 27, 2016 — 11:06 AM EDT uupdated on October 27, 2016 — 11:47 AM EDT
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at a Valdai Discussion Club meeting of political scientists in Sochi on Oct. 27.

Photographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP via Getty Images

Vladimir Putin dismissed U.S. “hysteria” over alleged Russian interference in its presidential elections, saying it was impossible to influence voters’ choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“Does anyone seriously think that Russia can influence the choice of the American people?” President Putin told the annual Valdai discussion forum of international analysts and academics in Sochi on Thursday. “Is America some kind of banana republic? America is a great power. If I’m wrong, correct me.”

Amid rising confrontation with NATO, Putin insisted that Russia isn’t planning to attack anyone and said it was a “myth” that it poses a military threat. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has outlived its usefulness, while Russia wants all nations to have equal security and isn’t striving for global domination, he said.

Putin spoke as tensions have spiraled between Russia and the U.S. over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and allegations that he’s seeking to sway the outcome of next month’s presidential vote. The Kremlin’s role has become one of the dominant topics in the campaign, amid U.S. charges that Russian-backed hackers were behind e-mail leaks from Democratic National Committee servers that have dogged Clinton’s campaign. She and Trump clashed over which was Putin’s “puppet’’ at last week’s debate. The Republican candidate has said repeatedly that he’ll seek good ties with Putin as president.Trump behaves “extravagantly, we all see it” though it’s not without purpose, since he represents a “significant” section of society in the U.S. “that’s tired of the elite who’ve been in power for decades,” Putin said.

It’s “complete rubbish” to say that Trump is the Kremlin’s preferred candidate, which was an idea invented by supporters of Clinton, Putin said. Russia doesn’t have a favorite candidate and is “by and large indifferent” about who wins the election because it’ll work with any U.S. president who’s prepared to offer cooperation, he said.

Complaints of Russian influence on the election are among “fictional, mythical problems that have created hysteria in the U.S — I can’t call it anything else,” Putin said. While the U.S. faces many “acute and urgent problems, from its colossal state debt to the rise of gun violence,” it appears “the elite have nothing particular to say” about them in the elections, he said.

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