One person was killed and at least seven others injured in a shooting early Friday in Ashburn on the South Side, police say.
Just after midnight, at least two men opened fire during a gathering with several people in the 2500 block of West 79th Street, Chicago police said.
A 26-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not yet released information on the fatality.
A man, 27, suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in critical condition, police said.
A man, 22, was shot in the left knee and taken to the same hospital in fair condition, police said.
A man, 28, was struck in the left leg and listed in fair condition, while another man, 28, and a woman, 40, both suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen, and were listed in serious condition, police said. Police have not yet released the names of the hospitals they were taken to.
A man, 32, went to Little Mary of Company Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, police, said. An eighth person brought themselves to Roseland Hospital with a gunshot wound to the body.
Both adults were later transferred to Christ Medical Center, police said.
Several handguns were recovered at the scene of the shooting, police said.
The officer, who was shot in Brighton Park, was the fourth Chicago police officer to be shot in less than two weeks.
An alleged shoplifter shot and seriously wounded a security guard Thursday afternoon at a Home Depot on the South Side then shot a Chicago cop in the shoulder before dying in a shootout nearby with other officers, police said.
The officer was the fourth Chicago cop to be shot in two weeks.
During a news conference outside Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said the officer appeared to be in “good spirits” after suffering a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The wound wasn’t thought to be life-threatening.
The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital, Brown said.
About 4 p.m., a loss prevention officer at a Home Depot store in the 2400 block of West 46th Street saw a suspect shoplifting, Brown said. During an ensuing struggle, the suspect shot the security guard, who was in grave condition.
The guard, who was in his early 50s, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago fire spokesman Larry Merritt said. In a statement, police said the guard was shot in his head.
When the suspect fled, officers pursued and one officer was shot, Brown said. The officer, a four-year veteran of the department, was treated at Mount Sinai, police said.
Following that shooting, other officers continued to pursue the suspect, Brown said. The suspect was then shot and killed during a shootout with police.
At the scene of the shooting, police officers blocked off a residential stretch of 46th Street between Western Avenue and Rockwell Street as residents congregated behind the police tape to catch a glimpse of the investigation and exchange rumors over the sound of helicopters.
Nearby, officers taped off sections of the Home Depot parking lot across Western Avenue and laid down evidence markers near the entrance.
In the last two weeks, three other Chicago cops have been wounded in shootings.
“I get questions all the time about what is the department doing about violence, what are we doing about the shootings, what are we doing about the homicides. What we are doing is risking our lives every day to protect this city,” Brown said.
He noted that law enforcement officers across the country are “under attack,” reflecting on the cop who was shot and killed responding to the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.
“But here in Chicago … it’s the idea that cops are putting their lives on the line every day and it seems that these offenders are acting with impunity. … And yet with hyper-criticism, officers continue to run toward danger,” Brown said.
When the wounded officer was discharged later Thursday, Brown and other members of the police force gathered at the hospital to salute him.
Thursday’s shooting comes after an officer was shot in her hand Saturday during a SWAT standoff in the Austin neighborhood by a man who allegedly wanted to “lure” cops to the area. On March 15, an off-duty officer was ambushed by two gunman while stopped in traffic in the Calumet Heights neighborhood.
And a day before that, an on-duty CPD sergeant was shot while standing in the parking lot of the Gresham District police station, at 7808 S. Halsted St. The bullet grazed his chin, and he was released from a hospital later that day.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter on Thursday to wish the wounded cop a “speedy recovery,” saying it’s “absolutely appalling that he was the fourth officer shot in two weeks.”
“A security guard was also shot and is in grave condition,” Lightfoot said. “This evening’s incident is another sober reminder of the dangers our officers face to keep their fellow Chicagoans safe.”
John Catanzara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, walked near the scene of the shootings Thursday and lamented what he called an “anti-police” atmosphere that he blamed for encouraging violence toward police.
“I’m sick and damn tired of my officers getting shot, and I know this anti-police sentiment is largely responsible for this careless disregard for life, especially for officers in this city,” Catanzara said.
“I’d like to see this whole damn city and every elected politician in this city and state start standing up for police and letting criminals know there’s going to be some repercussions for bad behavior; maybe that will stop them,” he said.
Lankinen demonstrated the mental resilience he’ll need to be a No. 1 goalie this week, saving 74 of 76 shots against in a two-game sweep of the Panthers.
The Blackhawks have been a second-game team this season.
Entering this week, they were 4-9-3 in the first games of series yet 10-3-2 in second games. They’d thrived on coaching adjustments and a desire for revenge.
So the pressing question entering Thursday was how they’d follow up Tuesday’s series-opening win over the Panthers. Would their hunger be lower than usual?
“Shouldn’t be, [but] I do think it’s probably human nature,” coach Jeremy Colliton admitted after morning skate. “Any of these two-game series, it’s really hard to sweep. A lot of them end up split, and that’s just the nature of sports, I guess. But from our perspective, we need the points.”
Hours later, the Hawks proved their coach happily wrong, finishing the sweep of the Panthers with a 3-0 win.
The Panthers were without leading scorer Aleksander Barkov for the second straight game and lost third-leading scorer Patrick Hornqvist in the third period but still produced plenty of scoring chances, dominating the Hawks 38-21 in that category. Only a second consecutive fantastic start by goalie Kevin Lankinen preserved the win.
Lankinen was stellar from start to finish in a 41-save shutout, the second of his career. 41 saves are the most in a shutout by any goalie in the NHL this season and tied for third-most by any Hawks goalie since 1979.
After the first downturn of his career — against very tough competition — earlier this month, Lankinen’s mental resilience shone brightly this week, demonstrating he possesses the ability that any No. 1 goalie needs to overcome and even improve through struggles.
Patrick Kane, meanwhile, provided all the offense the Hawks needed. Kane flipped in a loose puck to put the Hawks up 1-0 early in the second period, then set up Alex DeBrincat and Pius Suter on a two-on-one rush that doubled the lead. Brandon Hagel added an empty-netter.
Dach returning soon?
Kirby Dach seems to be getting closer and closer to returning to game action — remarkably ahead of schedule, which initially made mid-April seem optimistic. Dach took part in morning skate Thursday.
Colliton has repeatedly avoided giving a timetable for Dach’s return, but gave an encouraging hint when asked after Wednesday’s practice if he had a date set yet.
“No, unfortunately,” Colliton said with a wry grin. “But he does look good, doesn’t he?”
It wouldn’t be shocking to see him play sometime during the remaining four games of the Hawks’ homestand.
Hagel getting PP time
Hagel had only received about two minutes of power-play ice time this whole season prior to this past weekend. But he has become a regular on the top power-play unit in the past three games.
“Personally, I’m trying to help these guys get into the zone with my speed,” he said. “and get pucks [back] for the guys.”
The Hawks’ power-play meetings this season have been held on Zoom due to NHL mandates, allowing all players — even those not on either unit at the time — to watch them.
That, combined with his lengthy experience in power-play situations in the AHL and junior hockey, has made Hagel’s adjustment seamless. He recorded his first career NHL power-play point Thursday.
“A lot of players here have grown up being on the power play their whole life until they got to this level,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that is in our heads and we kind of know it.”
Do you binge books like other people binge shows? Are you trying to get back into reading after a long estrangement from the written word? Wherever you are on your reading journey, you can find community and even friendship with other readers! Right here in Chicago, there are so many opportunities to talk about books with other people— here are just a few of the best Chicago book clubs to enjoy.
Started in 2001 by the Chicago Public Library, One Book, One Chicago began as “an opportunity to engage and enlighten our residents and to foster a sense of community through reading.” The initiative chose two books annually for several years before switching things up— now, each season features a single theme through which Chicagoans can explore many forms of writing, music, and art.
The Women’s Book Group at Women & Children First meets once a month, and discusses novels, memoirs, and more. The Women’s Book group is the independent bookstore’s longest-running group, but it’s also only one of nine to check out.
While not specifically a Chicago book club, Noname Book Club does have a Chicago chapter (one of twelve) and was started by Chicago-born rapper and activist Noname. The book club “highlights two books each month written by authors of color,” and in 2020 launched its Prison Program, which helps get books into the hands of incarcerated people all over the U.S.
The organizers of this book club started it “ for women of color who want to read works by Black female writers and are available to meet up on the South Side.” With over 700 members on Meetup, the group’s recent selections have included N.K. Jemisin’s The City We Became, Roxanne Gay’s Difficult Women, and Toni Morrison’s The Song of Solomon.
This club is unique in that any discussion is based not on a single agreed-upon book read by the group, but rather steered by what books the group’s members have been reading lately. Facilitated by Friends of the Edgewater Library, the No Book Club is a great way to connect and make new friends while talking about your recent reads.
Open to SFF readers and fans, Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club meets once a month to discuss a chosen book (voted on in the previous month’s meeting), but also encourages wide-ranging discussions around science, history, philosophy, and other areas of interest.
Surprisingly, Chicago is one of many go to destinations for Spring Breakers. To locals this might seem a tad odd, but I can see what the appeal is for non-locals or even just ones from out of the Chicagoland area. Museums, restaurants, bars, beaches, trails, and some historical sites are what attract kids, young adults, and families to the city. I will be highlighting a few places that are a must to see or visit for Chicago Spring Break 2021 if you’re not a local.
At the Field Museum you can explore the secrets of natural history. You will be greeted by Maximo, the largest dinosaur to be discovered. Then you can head upstairs to meet SU, the world most complete T. rex skeleton. And my favorite exhibit by far is the Ancient Egypt one, where you can walk through a 5,000 year old tomb and see one of the largest collections of mummies in the U.S.
The Shedd Aquarium has more than 32,00 aquatic animals, where you can find friendly beluga whales and white dolphins. The Aquarium overlooks Lake Michigan and has a stunning underwater viewing gallery. And if you’re traveling with kids, there is the Polar Play where your little ones can dress up as penguins or play scientists and explore ice caves. And make sure you don’t miss the 4D Experience, where you’ll get to be up close to the action.
The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. The majority of the 800+ exhibits are hands-on, including the U-505 German Submarine, underground coal mine, and Science storms. And if you’re feeling like watching a movie, you can sit back and relax at the Giant Dome Theater for a more educational take on a Chicago spring break.
The Adler Planetarium is by far one of the coolest places to visit. You can catch a show at the state of the art sky theater, where you can explore planets, galaxies, and stars. Oh and if you feel like launching a rocket, stop by the Mission Moon exhibit and get a peek inside the Gemini 12 Spacecraft and experience the first steps on the moon through the eyes of NASA astronaut Jim Lovell.
If you’re in town for the first time and you haven’t seen the best view of Chicago, then this is the place for you. Travel up to new heights at the Skydeck in the Willis Tower and step out onto the Ledge to experience a one of a kind feeling. The Ledge is an all glass platform with an incredible perspective of the city.
If the weather is nice (and we know Chicago can be a little bit iffy) head to the Millenium Park and visit (and take pictures) next to the iconic reflective “bean” (and if you don’t know the real name…..Cloud Gate). You can also take a stroll through the park and end up by the Buckingham Fountain. And again if your kids are with you, the newest addition to the park is Maggie Daley Park (right next door) where kids can play in the suspension bridges, tube slides, and a big ship. Your older kiddos can yackle the 40-foot climbing wall or putt along the 18-hole mini golf course. If the weather cooperates you and your kids can also rollerblade!
Who loves animals? I definitely do! If you’re an animal lover head over to the Lincoln Park zoo where you can find polar bears, lions, monkeys, and more. The zoo also features a Farm-in-the-Zoo where kids can pet farm animals. And if butterflies are your thing, be sure to check out the Just Istock Butterfly Haven, home to more than 40 species of exotic butterflies.
Navy Pier is a must on your already long list of places to explore. Soar up 200 feet into the sky on the Centennial Wheel with stunning views of the Chicago lakefront and skyline. Surrounding the Pier Park there are tons of other amusement rides for all ages. And if you’re a fan of architecture, take a Lake Michigan boat tour with the architecture focused Shoreline Sightseeing cruise or if you love high speed thrills, ride the Seadog! Fans of theater and outdoor performances can also enjoy the Pier on the Lake Stage and City Stage. If you get hungry, be sure to check out the plethora of restaurants lining the pier.
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In the days between NCAA Tournament games, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt’s schedule is full.
“I have to get up early in the morning to do what I have to do,” she said. “Besides doing my work for Loyola, I’m doing my work for the basketball team. I write the team so many emails while they’re … quarantined in the hotel.”
As the 101-year-old chaplain for the Loyola men’s basketball team, Sister Jean said she writes the team an email before and after every game, explaining what players can expect and detailing some areas to improve upon.
Sister Jean said Loyola’s team that made it to the Final Four in 2018 and the school’s present team are more alike than they are different, as both demonstrated the same energy and great teamwork.
“When they do plays, they keep passing the ball to the person they think will make the basket,” Sister Jean said. “They don’t care who makes the points as long as the basket is made.”
The 8th-seeded Ramblers play 12th-seeded Oregon State in a Midwest Region Sweet 16 game Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis. The tournament is being played in Indiana.
Three years ago, Sister Jean predicted the Ramblers would make it to the Sweet 16, and the team broke her bracket with a Final Four run.
“This time, I thought, ‘I’m going to have them go to the Elite Eight, and then maybe they’ll push a little harder,'” Sister Jean said. “Maybe we’ll get up to the very top to play that game. [The team] accept challenges. Sometimes we play a better game when the school is a real challenge to us.”
Sister Jean said she has waited for another NCAA win for Loyola since 1963 and is excited for the team to excel whether that means they get to the Final Four again or go further.
“I told them, ‘We can do it, so let’s push,'” Sister Jean said.
During the season, Sister Jean said she has had to turn on her radio for play-by-plays of the games since her apartment doesn’t have the right channels to watch the matches.
While she gained expertise in analyzing just by listening, Sister Jean said she has missed seeing the Ramblers on the court.
“The last two games at Indianapolis have been a real thrill for me, because I’ve seen that they’ve grown a lot since I’ve last seen them face-to-face,” Sister Jean said. “They play faster, play better, play with precision and have a great defense.”
Currently, there is only one Big Ten team, the Michigan Wolverines, left in the NCAA, and Sister Jean said they will likely make their way through the bracket. So far, though, Sister Jean said the Ramblers have held their own on the court and will need to get points early on so they don’t lag behind.
“Bracketologists watch games endlessly, and they watch the plays, but they really don’t know the teams,” Sister Jean said. “I know my team. That’s why I put such faith and trust in them and what they’re capable of doing.”
Sister Jean said she will pray for no injuries on either team, and that this year there is no need to pray for the referees, as, so far, they are making good calls.
“I will ask our God to bless [the players’] hands, to make those balls go into the baskets,” Sister Jean said. “And not to turn over the ball and make too many fouls. Then I say, ‘Amen, God bless you and go Ramblers!'”
MILWAUKEE — A Black man who was paralyzed after he was shot in the back by a white police officer in southeastern Wisconsin filed a civil lawsuit Thursday accusing the officer of excessive force.
Jacob Blake Jr. was shot by Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey in August while Blake was about to get into an SUV during a domestic dispute. Blake’s federal complaint against Sheskey, the only defendant, is seeking unspecified damages.
The shooting of Blake, captured on bystander video, turned the nation’s spotlight on Wisconsin during a summer marked by protests over police brutality and racism. It happened three months after George Floyd died while being restrained by police officers in Minneapolis. The white officer charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s killing is currently on trial.
Sheskey and two other Kenosha officers were trying to arrest Blake on an outstanding warrant when a pocketknife fell from his pants during a scuffle. Blake said he picked it up before heading to a vehicle to drive away with two of his children in the back seat. He said he was prepared to surrender once he put the knife in the vehicle.
Sheskey told investigators that he feared for his own safety so he opened fire. A Wisconsin prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against Sheskey, concluding he couldn’t disprove the officer’s contention that he acted in self-defense because he thought the man would stab him.
Court documents do not list an attorney for Sheskey.
The 18-page complaint includes still photos showing each of the seven shots fired by Sheskey. The officer held the muzzle only a few feet away from where Blake’s two young children were seated, putting them in “imminent danger” from being hit by gunfire or ricocheting bullets, according to the complaint.
Shaskey’s actions were “undertaken with malice, willfulness, and reckless indifference to the rights” of Blake, the lawsuit said.
Lauri Markkanen is no stranger to the location of the upstairs offices at the Advocate Center.
The Bulls forward simply chose not to visit them the last week leading up to the Thursday trade deadline.
“No I didn’t go talk to him,” Markkanen said, when asked if he paid a recent visit to executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas.
The invitation was definitely out there.
Head coach Billy Donovan made that very clear, insisting to his players on several occasions that if they had questions about their standing within the organization, there was a simple way to resolve it.
“My feeling has always been if you’ve got a question, if you’re hearing something that you’re concerned about, that you need to go to Arturas and to [general manager] Marc [Eversley] and sit down and talk to them, and they’ll be straight up and honest with you,” Donovan said on several occasions leading up to the deadline.
Markkanen’s feeling was, “I’m good.”
In the end he was.
A source said that the Markkanen to New Orleans for point guard Lonzo Ball had some life going into the deadline, but the Pelicans asking price was too much.
Like Orlando, New Orleans wanted the 2021 first-round pick packaged in, and Karnisovas and company were much more comfortable using that pick for Vucevic rather than in the Ball deal.
There were other calls on Markkanen, but the source said none serious. The Bulls did talk to the Wizards about adding Markkanen in the deal, but Washington didn’t want to part with a first-round pick.
“I felt, I’m in a good place that I can focus on the task at hand, I can play games and it’s not gonna bother me,” Markkanen said on Wednesday. “I can’t control [trades], I knew that was one possibility when I didn’t sign my extension before the season, so I knew that was one thing that can happen. So it doesn’t affect me at all.”
At least not yet.
In acquiring the likes of All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and a defensive-minded big like Daniel Theis, Markkanen no longer has the pressure of being the second option to Zach LaVine in the scoring department or play out of position on the defensive end.
More importantly, in adding Vucevic and Theis – each with Euro backgrounds – Markkanen has a few veteran players that he has more of a common background with. If he can’t make this work, it might very well be time to let him walk as a restricted free agent this summer.
“Besides the quality of players we added, I think also the players have been in playoff games,” Karnisovas said of the two Euro players that were added. “They’ve played in meaningful games. They’re also a competitive bunch.”
It will now fall on Donovan to get the new faces into the mix, and figure out how they will play with the likes of a Markkanen, LaVine and a Thad Young. Either way, the goal is to win games down the stretch and reach the playoffs.
It would be really nice if Markkanen is there for the ride, and then the next order of business can be discussed with him this offseason.
“We try to win games,” Karnisovas said. “That’s basically why we’re in this business. And again, right from the beginning from the time we got here, we said that we’re trying to get back to relevancy and [Thursday] made it happen. Expectations are always obviously winning and getting in the playoffs and getting our team better.
“There’s a lot of interesting pieces there and has different attributes each player. A lot of them we’ve liked for a long time and were targeting in different situations and now was a chance to acquire them and we’re really excited.”