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Chicago Police Search For Suspect In Shooting Of 82-Year-Old Man

CHICAGO (CBS) — An 82-year-old man walking his dog becomes the latest victim of Chicago’s gun violence.

The shooting happened on the city’s West Side.

CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen reports from the University of Chicago Medical Center where the victim is recovering.

He has a bullet still lodged between his neck and spine.

His family said he was an innocent man caught in the shooting.

82-year-old Homer Donehue is described as the nicest man in his West Chatham neighborhood.

As of Friday evening, the great-grandfather is fighting for his life.

“My father is sitting in intensive care with a machine breathing for him while these fools are out here in the streets. Something has to stop,” said his daughter Rhonda Donehue.

The shooting happened Thursday night near 82nd and South Wentworth.

Police said the 82-year-old man was walking a short distance ahead of a 31-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman when someone wearing all black and a ski mask began shooting in the direction of the younger victims.

“My father was walking his dog minding his own business, not messing with no one. Gun fire erupts,” she said.

Homer Donehue has lived in the neighborhood for more than 60 years. His daughter said he was an electrician and would go out of his way to help others and now this.

“I’m calling on the mayor, the alderman, the governor, the president to do something,” said Rhonda Donehue.

Alderman Howard Brookins represents the 21st ward where the shooting happened.

He said there’s a house on the block that’s causing problems for neighbors and police.

“My understanding is that it’s a suspected as drugs, which as caused the raid,” said Brookins.

“When it is literally one house that can cause a black eye for the entire community, it really speaks volume as to why the whole community needs to come together to root out that one problem,” he said.

As for the two other shooting victims, they were taken to the hospital and they’re expected to be okay.

At this time Area South detectives are still investigating.

March For Our Lives Stops In Chicago, Continues To Naperville

CHICAGO (CBS) — The March For Our Lives continues in Naperville on Saturday after a massive rally was held on Chicago’s South Side.

Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson joined St. Sabina’s annual end of the school year rally looking to end gun violence in Chicago.

This year’s event not only brought out big names but also a big movement. Chicagoans were joined by the student survivors of Parkland, Florida massacre who formed March For Our Lives.

Friday night was the start of the March For Our Lives Road to Change bus tour hitting 50 cities across 20 states.

The movement aims to educate young people about politicians who take money from the NRA.

The March For Our Lives caravan is also helping people register to vote.


Off-Duty Dolton Police Officer Shot During Robbery In Chatham

CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty Dolton police detective was shot during a robbery attempt early Monday outside his home in the Chatham neighborhood.

Chicago police said Dolton Detective Darryl Hope just got home from work shortly after midnight near 76th and Calumet, and was walking through the front door, when two men approached him.

The men ordered Hope down the stairs of his front porch, and announced a robbery. Hope, who was not in uniform, pulled out his own gun and traded shots with the robbers.

Hope, 55, was shot three times, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins said Hope was in good condition and in good spirits, despite what happened.

The robbers got away without stealing anything. It was unclear if either of them was wounded. Chicago police brought in a helicopter to help search for the suspects.

“This is just another reminder of what can happen to anyone out on the street, not just regular citizens, but police officers completing their shifts. They’re not immune to the violence, and the things that go on on the streets slso. Considering that he was dressed in civilian clothing, no one would know that he was a police officer. He seemed like another easy target,” Collins said.

Crisis responder Andrew Holmes said he spoke with Hope just minutes before the shooting.

“He’s a friend of mine, and also we have worked together, too, within the community, as far as trying to enhance the quality of life and stop the violence,” he said. “He is a personal friend of mine, as well as all of the Dolton Police Department, as well as the Chicago Police Department.”

Hope has been with the Dolton Police Department for about 15 years. He’s also a member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.

Several people in the neighborhood have surveillance cameras that might have recorded the incident. So far, police have only vague descriptions of the suspects.

New Video Surfaces From Bus Shelter Crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — New surveillance video showing the moment an SUV slammed into a South Side bus shelter, killing a woman.

That video is now part of an ongoing police investigation.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has more.

Chicago Police said the driver of an SUV was speeding when it hit a car.

And then 67-year-old Janice Gilmore.

Before bringing down a traffic light and bus shelter.

But on security video from a nearby business, it shows the SUV traveling so fast it’s a blur before it slams into the sedan.

From another angle, you see the bus shelter collapse.

“I pretty much heard it and then seen the aftermath,” says Jereh Brown who tried to help Gilmore, along with his boss.

Witnesses say Gilmore was crossing Stoney Island when the SUV hit her.

Four people were under the bus shelter when it fell.

Including Tiffany Carter and her young daughter Takia.

Carter ran, then went back to get Takia who was under the debris.

Both only suffered bruises.

The other two also unhurt, along with the SUV’s driver.

Brown says the driver went over to Gilmore and tried to talk to her.

“I looked up and I saw him and he was pretty much saying he didn’t know what happened,” says Brown.

The SUV driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and having no insurance.

Witnesses say they believe the driver is from out of state and driving a rental car.

Police indicate more charges could be on the way.

After The Bell: Dow Slides 380 Points

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Stocks closed lower Wednesday, giving up earlier gains, as Wall Street finished a volatile month of trading.

The S&P 500 lost 30, the NASDAQ fell 57 and the Dow Jones industrial average, hit the hardest, shed more than 380 points, settling just above the 25,000 mark.

“What happened yesterday, people listened to the new Fed Chairman Jay Powell and interpreted his comments regarding the economy and fiscal stimulus as indicating again potentially the Fed will be more aggressive than what people were expecting. We saw the market down yesterday, and that decline followed through today,” Jim Welsh, Macro Strategist at Smart Portfolios, said.

He adds that he sees a potential leadership change from growth stocks to value stocks.

Preservation Chicago Releases The 2018 ‘Chicago 7 Most Endangered’ List, Asks Obama Foundation To Find New Site

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Preservation Chicago is calling on the Obama Foundation to consider another site and abandon plans for Jackson Park.

“We’re very concerned about the plans for the Obama Presidential Center and the golf course proposed for Jackson Park, the Midway Plaisance and the South Shore Cultural Center,” said Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago.

“We’d encourage the Obama Center to maybe look at other sites. And we really do welcome them to Chicago’s South Side, just not in these legacy parks by Olmstead – the best of the best.”

Preservation Chicago announced Wednesday its annual “Chicago 7 Most Endangered List.”

Besides Jackson Park, the list included the Thompson Center, Union Station, Hotel Guyon, Woodruff Arcade, Washington Park Substation, Harper High School in West Englewood, and the brick paved streets and alleys.

The Woodruff Arcade in Edgewater has been around since 1923 and Chicago’s brick paved streets and alleys date back to the turn of the last century.

Deerfield Considers Assault-Weapons Ban

(WBBM Newsradio) — The village of Deerfield may be getting closer to a ban on assault weapons.

It was the deaths of 17 people in Florida that was the tipping point for Deerfield, Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said Tuesday.

“I believe is took all of us by storm with those students being so articulate,” she said. “So, I think it struck many of us, and the the time was right.”

Mayor Rosenthal says Deerfield elected leaders will consider an assault weapons ban when they meet March 5.

It’s not clear that local municipalities can actually impose a ban — that’s something only the state can do — but Rosenthal says because Deerfield took some action on weapons five years ago, the village got a foot in the door, legally speaking.

She says the local government may now impose its own assault weapons ban.


Gun That Killed Chicago Police Commander Came From Outside Illinois

(WBBM Newsradio) — WBBM has learned that the gun used to kill Chicago Police Comdr. Paul Bauer came into the city from out of state.

Chicago is often cited by critics of gun control who question the effectiveness of relatively tough gun laws here, given the murder rate in Chicago.

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The weapon used to fatally shoot Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence has said 60 percent of all the guns used in crimes in Chicago come from outside Illinois.

And in fact, a source tells WBBM that the 9-millimeter handgun used to kill Bauer two weeks ago came from outside the state.

But Mayor Emanuel says even if most guns used in Chicago crimes come from elsewhere, that’s no reason for Springfield to neglect tougher gun control.

“You don’t sit there in politics and public life and public safety and say the bigger problem is the 60 percent outside the state, so we’re not going to do anything about the 40 percent.”

Mayor Emanuel says Illinois needs the resources to help stop the flow of guns from surrounding states.

CTA Getting Thousands Of New HD Surveillance Cameras

CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — The CTA has announced a $33 million program to install thousands of new high definition cameras, as well as new video monitors at its train stations.

The “Safe and Secure” program would upgrade 3,800 older-model cameras across the CTA system to high definition models. Another 1,000 high definition cameras would be added to the agency’s existing surveillance network.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the security upgrade would be funded with revenue from the increased fee on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.

“Just shy of 5,000 – about 4,800 – high definition cameras that are going to be installed throughout the system of the CTA; every line will have it, and the stations,” he said.

Cameras also will be watching areas just outside train stations, according to the mayor.

CTA President Dorval Carter said staff will be monitoring cameras when crime occurs at its stations.

“One of the reasons why we’re putting monitors in all of our booths for our [attendants] is so that they have the ability to actually see in real time what’s happening,” he said.

The mayor said CTA cameras make a difference for passengers and police.

“In fact, there are three people in custody right now; suspects who will be charged in a couple days, that pictures from the CTA camera played a key role in the police being able to actually get the individuals,” he said.

In addition to the new cameras and monitors, the security upgrades will include new lighting, and other repairs and improvements at all 146 CTA rail stations.

In all, the CTA has more than 23,000 cameras; making its bus and train surveillance network one of the nation’s largest.

According to the CTA, its camera network has aided in the arrests of more than 900 people since 2011, including at least 20 murder suspects who were caught on or near CTA property.

Welcome Party Planned For Chicago-Area Olympic Women’s Hockey Player

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A gold medal-type welcome is planned when Olympic women’s hockey player Kendall Coyne returns to the Chicago area, but that party is on ice if you will.

Orland Park Fire Protection District Chief Michael Schofield is the future father-in-law of Kendall Coyne and said he couldn’t be happier for her. His son, Michael, who plays the offensive line for the Los Angeles Chargers NFL team was in South Korea cheering on Kendall and Team USA.

“All six-foot, seven inches of him,” Chief Schofield said.

The chief excitedly showed WBBM Newsradio his cellphone picture of his son Michael holding Kendall over his head as the gold medal dangles from her neck in South Korea.

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The chief excitedly showed WBBM Newsradio his cellphone picture of his son Michael holding Kendall over his head as the gold medal dangles from her neck in South Korea. (WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya)

Michael has a ring from Super Bowl 50 when he blocked for Peyton Manning, but Chief Schofield said when it comes to Super Bowl ring or gold medal, the gold medal trumps the ring.

Chief Schofield said Kendall Coyne won’t be back in Chicago until March 8, after the team takes a victory tour around the country, including TV appearances in LA and New York and Washington.

He said the couple plans to get married over the summer and eventually set down roots in the southwest suburbs.

Chief Schofield said there was a watch party at his house the night Team USA beat Canada for the gold medal and that the place went “up for grabs” when the United States won.

He calls the winning penalty shot, “unreal”.