UPTOWN: Teen Shot, Gangs Post Videos As Shootings Rise

Blood from Friday’s shooting victim. Image: Mark Lukas

When it comes to shootings, it’s been good news, bad news for Uptown this year.

Good news: There have been no homicides this year, while there had been two at this point last year.

Bad news: There have been twice as many shootings this year. And things may be heating up.

A 17-year-old gang member from Rogers Park was shot twice in the leg one block north of Truman College at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. After the shooting, the victim’s friends were seen running south—back toward the college.

The butt of a gun flashed in Saturday’s video.

By Saturday afternoon, members of an Uptown Black P-Stones faction had video on Facebook of their crew posting up outside a convenience store across from the college. One of the bangers takes a moment to display his handgun.

In a timely note, it looks like the “locals” are supporting Kim Foxx for state’s attorney.


After Friday’s shooting, Uptown Alderman James Cappleman sent out one of his boilerplate responses. It was “gang related” and there is increased police presence, Cappleman said in a Tweet.

It’s laughable that he continues to find that well-worn response to be adequate.

The gang members, feeling comfortable enough to hang out on Wilson Avenue and flash a gun on video in broad daylight, didn’t seem to be much concerned with whatever “increased police presence” the alderman wants his constituents to believe is happening.

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