John Short fatally shot a block from his home in Back of the Yards


John Short died after he was shot Wednesday evening in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side.

The 23-year-old was in an alley in the 1100 block of West 51st Street about 7:30 p.m. when someone approached him, pulled a handgun and started firing, police said.

Short, who lived a block away in the 1000 block of West 51st, was shot in the back and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Omar Hernandez charged with gang-related murder of Jeremy Salinas in Bridgeport


By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Jeremy Salinas was murdered by Satan Disciples the same day members of the gang stole his bicycle and sent pictures of it on social media, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

Omar Hernandez | Cook County sheriff's office

Omar Hernandez | Cook County sheriff’s office


Witnesses to the June 10 shooting said the 17-year-old Salinas was gunned down while trying to retrieve his bicycle in Bridgeport.

Omar Hernandez was behind the wheel of the drive-by shooting in the 900 block of 32nd Place, assistant state’s attorney Jennifer Keating said at Hernandez’s bond hearing Thursday.

While Keating didn’t give details as to what Salinas was doing when he was shot outside a home while standing with other Latin Kings that night, she did say Salinas’ bicycle was stolen earlier in the afternoon.

Members of the Satan Disciples had contacted Salinas’ friend over social media, and further taunted the pal with pictures of the bike, prosecutors said.
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No bond for man charged with running down 66-year-old Willie Owens while fleeing traffic stop


By RUMMANA HUSSAIN
Chicago Sun-Times

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police


A Roseland man eluding police crashed into other motorists during the South Side chase, killing 66-year-old Willie Owens and injuring four others, including an elderly woman who ended up paralyzed as a result of the injuries she suffered, prosecutors alleged on Thursday.

Paul Forbes, who was driving on a suspended license, ran two red lights in Monday’s incident and almost struck a CTA bus at 75th and King Drive.

Instead, Forbes crashed into two cars at a high rate of speed, causing a deadly chain reaction that claimed the life of Owens, Cook County prosecutors said at a bond hearing for Forbes.

Officers were chasing the 26-year-old after he fled away at a high rate of speed when they tried to stop him for a traffic violation in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence, authorities said.
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Man charged with murder for running down 66-year-old Willie Owens in Greater Grand Crossing


A man who tried to flee a traffic stop Monday evening and caused a crash that killed 66-year-old Willie Owens has been charged with murder.

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police

Paul Forbes | Chicago Police


Paul Forbes, 26, is charged with one count of murder, one count of aggravated fleeing, and two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, all felonies, according to Chicago Police. He was also charged with misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, and was cited for disobeying a red light.

Forbes was driving a Pontiac Bonneville when officers pulled him over for a traffic violation about 7:35 p.m. Monday in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

When the officers got out of their squad vehicle, the Pontiac took off westbound on 75th Street, Greer said.

The car blew a red light at 75th and King Drive, hit a Subaru in the intersection and continued fleeing, police said.
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Kortney Blakes killed, three others injured in shooting in park in East Garfield Park


Kortney Blakes was killed and three other men injured in a shooting Wednesday morning in a park in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on West Side.

The shooting happened at Horan Park in the 3000 block of West Van Buren at 10:36 a.m., according to Chicago Police.

Blakes, 23, was shot in the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:07 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Blakes had lived in the 3200 block of West Polk.

Another 23-year-old man was shot in the upper left shoulder; and a 22-year-old man was shot in the right leg, police said. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition. A fourth victim, a man in his 20s, was shot in the abdomen and was in serious condition at Mount Sinai.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

William Carter dies about 24 hours after being shot with two other men in Austin


William Carter, who was injured in a shooting along with two other people Monday afternoon in the West Side Austin neighborhood, died Tuesday night.

The three men were in the 1100 block of North Cicero about 6 p.m. Monday when two people walked up and opened fire, police said.

The 24-year-old Carter was shot in the upper body and was taken to Stroger Hospital, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Carter, of the 1100 block of North LeClaire, died at the hospital at 6:53 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. An autopsy found he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

Another man, 26, was shot in the head and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said. A third man, 42, was shot in the upper right arm and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Devon Brunt found not guilty of 2013 murder of Telkia Burns, but he’s still going to prison

A South Side man found not guilty of shooting Navy veteran Telkia Burns to death in South Chicago in 2013 will still spend time in prison for another crime.

Devon Brunt | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Devon Brunt | Illinois Dept. of Corrections


Devon Brunt, 20, was found not guilty of first-degree murder Monday after a bench trial in front of Judge James Linn, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Brunt was accused of fatally shooting Burns on the afternoon of Aug. 25, 2013, in the 9100 block of South Commercial Avenue, authorities said at the time.

During court proceedings, prosecutors said Burns was hanging out in the vestibule of his apartment building with a friend when Brunt, 18 at the time, started a fight with Burns. At some point, prosecutors said, Brunt pulled a handgun and put a round in a chamber in front of Burns and his friend.
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Leonardo Morales fatally shot in Garfield Ridge


A man shot to death early Saturday in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood on the Southwest Side has been identified as 34-year-old Leonardo Morales.

Morales was shot multiple times about 4:55 a.m. in the 5200 block of South Menard, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Officers at the scene said he was shot several times in the head at close range.

Morales, of the 2500 block of South Ridgeway, was dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Witnesses told investigators they heard shots, looked out the window, and saw the man lying on the ground, police said.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Marshun Black fatally shot on block where he lived in Roseland


Marshun Black was fatally shot on the block where he lived in the Roseland neighborhood on Tuesday night.

About 10:20 p.m., the 28-year-old was outside on the 10000 block of South Wentworth when a car drove by and shots were fired at him, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Black, who lived on the same block, was shot in the head and abdomen, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:57 p.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang-related.

—Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Reginald Sanson fatally shot in vehicle just blocks from President Obama’s home in Kenwood


By SAM CHARLES
Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Reginald Sanson was shot to death Tuesday evening, only about two blocks from President Barack Obama’s home in Kenwood.

A man was shot to death Tuesday evening near President Barack Obama's Kenwood home. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times

A man was shot to death Tuesday evening near President Barack Obama’s Kenwood home. | Sam Charles/Sun-Times


Sanson, 25, was in a vehicle about 6 p.m. when another vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

He drove to the 1300 block of East 50th Street, where the vehicle came to a stop, police said.

Sanson, of the 4000 block of South Woodlawn, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body, and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:20 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
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