3-year-old fatally shot dead at home

Posted on May 17, 2009. Filed under: accident, Illinois |

CHICAGO, Ill. (STNG) — The death of a 3-year-old Roselle Jaquan Reed, fatally shot in the chest early Sunday on the West Side has been ruled a homicide.

A weapon was accidentally discharged at the residence, with two juveniles were present. The shooting is initially being classified as an accident, Banks said.

No one is in custody for the shooting, although the death remained under investigation by Harrison Area detectives. More on WBBM 780

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Store owner fatally shot

Posted on May 14, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder |

Chicago, IL – On Thursday night, Norton, 55, of unincorporated Glen Ellyn, was found shot to death in the rear of his store, his hands bound and a bullet through the back of his head. Police are calling the incident robbery-related. No one was in custody Friday evening.

Recently, Norton had told gang members allegedly selling drugs to get out of an apartment above his store, family and neighbors said. They in turn threatened to “break his legs” and even take his life, they said.

Last week, someone fired a gun into the North Avenue side of Norton’s corner store. Norton, who owned the building, told neighbors that he believed the angry tenants were responsible. On Friday, a bullet hole remained visible in the window behind a metal window gate. More on Chicago Tribune

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Suspect in string of robberies is fatally shot by police

Posted on May 6, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, shot by police |

Chicago, IL -Police began to notice a pattern, matching the robber to 25 possible holdups, and planned a mission. They cast a net over several miles, using dozens of officers to try to catch the robber in the act.

About 7 a.m., a Chicago detective and an FBI agent were patrolling their sector when they saw a van matching that description near a Marathon gas station in the 6600 block of Montrose Avenue in Harwood Heights. The van pulled into the alley, a man got out and walked down the alley toward the store, pulling a surgical mask on as he went, said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Tom Byrne. The officers radioed in a possible robbery in progress and then positioned themselves near the store’s door. The man came out, a gun in one hand and bag of cash in the other, and the officers ordered him to drop the weapon, Byrne said.

Instead, the man pointed the gun at the officers, Byrne said. The detective fired his gun, fatally striking the man, he said.

Police spent the next two hours searching for a possible accomplice but said later they think the man acted alone Wednesday. They are still pursuing a second suspect who may have taken part in earlier holdups, Byrne said. More on Chicago Tribune

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14-year-old girl shot dead by 16-year-old boy at home

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Illinois |

West Frankfort, IL – Charges have been filed in a West Frankfort shooting death.

Austin Sandefur, 16, faces two counts of first degree murder for the death of Elizabeth Obrecht.  Obrecht, 14, died Tuesday night after being shot at a home on West 7th Street in West Frankfort.

In court documents, authorities allege Sandefur shot Obrecht in the chest with a semi-automatic handgun. More on

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Argument over girl led to shooting death of 16-year-old

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, Illinois | Tags: , |

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Authorities say two 18-year-olds have been charged in the drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old Cahokia boy.

DeShawn Bell of Centreville and Travon Watson of Cahokia were each charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Allen.

O’Fallon Police Capt. Eric VanHook says an argument over a girl may have led to the shooting on Tuesday night.

It’s not clear if the teens have attorneys, and neither has a listed telephone number in Centreville or Cahokia. They’re being held in the St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail. More on

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Teen shot to death in home basement

Posted on May 5, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder |

WHITING, IL — Police are looking for suspects in the apparent homicide of a 19-year-old who was found dead Monday night in the basement of a home he shared with his parents.

Police so far have held several “persons of interests” but have no suspects or eyewitnesses in the shooting of Jordan Linko, said Detective Lt. Sam?Abner.

Police were called to the house in the 1600 block of Center Street by Linko’s father, who heard a gunshot from his son’s basement apartment around 8:45 p.m. He ran to the basement and found his son, bleeding and unresponsive, Abner said.

Linko was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Lake County Coroner Chief Deputy Jeff Wells said. No weapon was found at the murder scene, nor did it appear anything had been stolen.

Linko had a number of friends who frequently visited the apartment, but so far none of those interviewed say they were present at the time of the shooting, Abner said. More on Post-Tribune

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Teen shot dead and two others wounded in neighborhood shooting

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, Illinois |

Chicago, IL -Two men were being held without bail Saturday on charges they fatally shot a teen and wounded two others in what authorities said was a gang-related slaying last week in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

Cortez Powell, 25, of the 700 block of North Lockwood Avenue and Brian Ward, 22, of the 9500 block of Maple Drive in Rosemont each face one count of first-degree murder and other gun-related charges in the death of 16-year-old Damier Love.

Cook County Assistant State’s Atty. Emily Stevens said Love and two men, age 45 and 53, were in front of a liquor store in the 5300 block of West Chicago Avenue around 12:45 a.m. Thursday when three men approached and started shooting.

Love, of the 4800 block of West Hubbard Street, died at the scene. The Marshall High School enrollee was the 34th Chicago Public Schools student killed this year. More on Chicago Tribune

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man who killed his estranged wife was shot by police

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Illinois, murder-suicide |

O’FALLON, IL — Police were called to what they thought was an apartment burglary Monday night but once inside, they were confronted by a man who refused to put down his rifle and by the body of his estranged wife.

An officer shot three times at James Jenkins, 44, of East St. Louis, hitting him once and killing him, Illinois State Police Lt. Jim Morrisey said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. His estranged wife, Adrinne Jenkins, 40, was shot twice in the chest and was already dead about 9:15 p.m. Monday when officers entered apartment B at the Chevy Chase Apartments, 207 Estate Drive.

James Jenkins called police from his cell phone at about 9:05 p.m., reported a burglary and officers spent time in the neighborhood looking for the suspects Jenkins described.

Two O’Fallon Police officers knocked on Adrinne Jenkins’ apartment door while a supervisor remained outside. The officers opened the unlocked door, walked in and saw Adrinne Jenkins lying on the floor and immediately called for an ambulance.

They then saw James Jenkins, who held a rifle pointed at them, and they ordered him several times to put down the gun. He refused and one officer shot him. Jenkins did not fire the rifle. The officer’s bullet hit him in the left arm and the bullet passed into his chest. More on

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15-year-old charged as juvenile in man’s death

Posted on April 5, 2009. Filed under: accident, Illinois |

Chicago, Illinois – Police said the 23-year-old victim, Deonta Mansheck, was shot in the chest about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in a residence in the 7100 block of South Marshfield Avenue.

Kathy Davis, who lives at the home, said Monday afternoon that she was told the teen was showing Mansheck a gun he was holding for someone else. As he tried to remove the bullets, one got stuck and went off.

The teen is charged as a juvenile and was not named. A resident of the home said the shooting was accidental.

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