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The Battle Of Chicago: 41 Shot, 4 Dead in 50 Hours March 31st-April 2nd

April 8, 2010

I decided to post  this because on Resurrection Sunday of all days I saw a sight that I nor anybody with me shall soon forget.   The story goes like so….  I was riding the church van and the van driver and I were having a conversation about the ridiculous violence that has seemed to hit the streets of a lot of the major cities including ours.  We both discussed the need for the body of Christ to really pray and for the churches in the area to begin to focus on outreach programs that would tackle some of these issues.  We both remarked on the penchant for a lot of churches to flee to the suburbs as soon as they had the members and the money.  They wanted to get away from crime and violence and worship in a safer place.  It seems that this line of thinking makes sense to a degree, when you are considering moving your family,  but when it comes to moving your church,  what better place to be but in the heart of the problem.   It only makes sense for the sin sick to be able to find you and come to you instead of you needing to find them and haul them all over creation to get to you.  It is time for the Body of Christ to come out of hiding.  The devil has no problem showing himself in public,  what is our excuse?   Well as we bantered the topic back and forth,  two young men from our church pointed and said, “look  he’s packing heat”,  I turned my head in the direction of their fingers.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  “Oh God”,  I heard myself say reflexively.  The van driver was praying under her breath.  I saw the brother from our church, who was waiting for the van,  coming out of his door,   nonplussed and all smiles waving.  Both the van driver and I caught each others eyes.  He had no idea this guy we saw was packing, or what his intentions were.  The church brother, and the guy with the gun barely missed each other by inches.  One was coming one was going.  Both van driver and I let out a deep breath.  I continued looking,      (along with the  young guys on the van), at this guy with the gun.  He actually had a pistol belt and a very large holster.  One of the guys remarked, “hey that’s a Nine”, I told him “no that’s too small,” this guy had something way bigger than a Nine. This young man’s gun was so big and heavy,  his pants were nearly sagging to his ankles.  He was  walking with all the  gangster lean in the world, but with his pants dragging the ground and a huge gun attached to them. To me it looked like a  forty-five, I could see the silver top  and the black bottom as it stuck out of his holster.  I told the young guys not to point and keep it down,  when we got clear of the area,  they wondered allowed “maybe he was undercover?”  Both the van driver and I nearly spoke in unison  “No,  if he were undercover,  you wouldn’t know it”  I finished off the sentence by saying,  “and you would never see his weapon until he actually needed it”.   The violence in our area, and in others is only a symptom of a greater problem.  This nation has a murderous spirit hovering over it and it feels right at home.  “Why is that?” you say.  Well,  here we are as a nation  passing law after law, which go in direct opposition to the word of God.  We are killing our children by the thousands on a daily basis in abortion mills. Young women and girls see abortion as a form of birth control,  and the founders of Planned Parenthood saw it as population control for minorities,  and still do to this day.  We (I mean they), just passed a health care bill, that will allow the slow and certain die off of our senior citizens, disabled and anybody that they deem too costly to repair.  People said it wouldn’t happen,  but doctor’s are already putting up signs in protest, Other’s promising to go into retirement .  In short,  people will die and lots of them.  Now the most popular form of entertainment for our youth is Vampires and Werewolves ,  outside of that is witchcraft.  The culture of death is so hard to shake from them now, that parent’s are actually becoming afraid of their own children. We are plunging headlong into wickedness.   Young children are being tried as adults for bullying classmates to death,   and divorce rates are higher in the church than they are anywhere else.  Click on the following link to examine what Hoodlums do as soon as the weather get’s warm.  This is why the body of Christ needs to pray for our young people and our nation as a whole.   America rise out of your slumber those that are of the body, you know who you are assume the position!  Get on your knees and start doing some warfare!

2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

April 2, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Violence has erupted in Chicago, and police say they are mobilizing to try to contain it. More than 40 people have been shot in just over two days. Four of those people died.

The shootings began late Thursday night and stretched into Friday evening.

“Between March 31st and 2 a.m. this morning — in 50 hours– 41 people have been shot in 31 incidents, including four homicides,” Chicago police Supt. Jody Weis said during a news conference Friday.

Thursday night saw a rash of at least seven shootings within two hours. The most brazen violence occurred as police, some of them heavily armed, responded to an earlier shooting nearby.

“If someone is going to fire weapons in the vicinity of three dozen officers armed, in uniform, the question I have to ask is, ‘What will they do when we’re not here?'” Weis said .

Weis said that shooting and two earlier events all appear to be related.

“We have very promising leads on the individuals who were engaged in last night’s activities,” Weis said.

As Weis addressed the media at the corner of 66th Stand Marshfield Friday — specifically talking about how police are going to respond to the recent uptick in violence– someone started yelling that another shooting had just taken place.

Just four blocks from where members of the media were assembled , a man in his 20s was shot in the head inside his vehicle.

“We’ve got the kids right here riding their bikes around, and for somebody to come down and shoot someone, this is no safe environment for kids to be around,” one area resident told ABC7 Chicago.

The series of shootings began Thursday night at approximately 10:54 p.m., and within an hour, at least two more shootings occurred within blocks of each other. A 30-year-old man died on South Paulina, and a 27-year-old was shot and killed in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Those incidents were followed by a shootout in the Englewood neighborhood and another at 112th Street.

Some of the chaos overnight was caught on camera by videojournalist Ken Herzlich. Police had responded to the shooting of four people near 66th St. and Marshfield Ave., apparently an extension of gang violence. Herzlich recorded police scrambling for cover as gunshots rang out nearby.

“I was amazed,” said Herzlich. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would have the audacity to do that given the presence of the amount of police officers that were there at the time.”

The shots were fired into a crowd. A woman suffered a graze wound to the head, and a man was hit in the lower back. Neither was seriously injured.

“I continually ask the community, if you know anything, please, I beg of you, call us and let us know,” Weis said.

Weis said the two shootings on Marshfield were connected to a gang-related shooting nearby. Six people are being questioned, but no one had been charged Friday night.

A gulf of mistrust remains between many Englewood residents and police, but no one has an explanation for the rash of shootings. Residents say, unfortunately, similar incidents –while tragic– are neither shocking, nor surprising, not in Englewood.

“It’s something you come to expect around here. So, on a hot day, don’t get too far from your house so when the shots start, you can run. Really. Always, around here, somebody is going to want revenge,” a neighbor said.

At the Friday news conference, Weis outlined a number of strategies to combat the violence, including an immediate increase of uniformed officers on the streets in ‘ hot spots’ as part of a saturation policy.

Weis also said police are going to target illegal parties with renewed force because many of them result in violence.

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