Yesterday, in broad daylight,violent predatory thugs open fired on a group of people outside the Uptown Baptist Church, gathering for prayer and a free dinner. Five people were struck by bullets in what is designated as a “Safe Passage” route for Chicago school children going to and from school.
It gets better.
The suspect vehicle was found parked at a school, also a designated “Safe Passage” zone.
Let’s face it: Right-to-carry can’t come soon enough for the residents of Chicago.
The smart thugs will learn to restrain their asocial, violent tendencies… something their mommas, neighborhoods and communities haven’t taught them.
The not-so-smart thugs will spring leaks and assume room temperature.
Well-meaning social liberals who think putting up some silly yellow signs proclaiming “Safe Passage” zones does nothing to deter predatory criminals, just as a slew of gun laws that only disarm the good guys do nothing to slow violent crime.
Here’s the pathetic story. And more pictures. All courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago (Tribune) – People were gathered on the steps of the Uptown Baptist Church for prayer and a free meal Monday evening when a white sedan pulled up and someone inside sprayed the street with a high-powered rifle.
Five men went down as the car made a U-turn on Wilson Avenue and sped off, leaving a trail of nearly two dozen shell casings. Inside the church, speakers thought the shots were firecrackers and services continued for several more minutes.
“It was a constant bang, bang, bang,” said Joseph Rogers, a security guard at the nearby Uptown Shop & Save at Wilson and Sheridan Road.
He rushed outside to see the white car fleeing west on Wilson and one wounded man on the church steps and three others on the street. “There was blood everywhere,” Rogers said.
Police say five men between the ages of 21 and 58 were shot. The youngest victim was shot in the head and was in critical condition at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, authorities said. Police initially said the man had died.
The shooting occurred along a Safe Passage route mapped by Chicago Public Schools for the coming year. The getaway car was also found along the route, at McCutcheon Elementary School, 4865 N. Sheridan Rd.
Hey Governor: How about sprouting a pair and ordering the Illinois State Police to release the concealed carry license applications today and allow the good guys to carry guns so they might protect and defend themselves, their families and their neighbors from criminal thugs.