Wednesday, August 13, 2008

So Much For The Peace and Quiet

These motherfuckers have lost their everlovin' minds.

The question in my mind is if you know that your presence on the corner might draw gunfire, why do you stand there?

When I went out to purchase detergent from the corner store (Dan Allan in the WGN piece is the owner) on Monday night, I reminded myself to get there before 8:50 as the store closes at 9:00.


'Cause I didn't want to be there during the last ten minutes of the business day---that's when stick up guys tend to rob places.

Of course I also passed the horde of teenagers and young people that congregate on and near the corner where the shooting occured.

I will start putting in calls during my lunch hour today to find out who's who and what's what.

If we don't get a handle on all of this violence, the only thing Chicago's gonna get is kicked in our overfed Midwestern asses, not the Olympics.



Darius T. Williams said...

You know - you're right. I live in South Shore and I made dinner on Sunday. I needed cooking oil and had forgot to pick some up from Dominick's. I was shocked at the number of people standing around on the corner and in front of the store. I really just couldn't believe it.

Eric Allix Rogers said...

At least this one got a mention in the newspaper. When someone was shot and killed up here at 47th and Greenwood a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't find a single mention of it in the Trib or the Sun-Times. The only reason I even know about it is through the university's security alerts. It's like a lot of people have just stopped caring.

The North Coast said...

It's been the same up at this end of the city. The violent crime is ramping up alarmingly.

I read of this shooting. There are so many in your area, my area, and dozens of other nabes throughout the city, not to say the country, that it's just overwhelming.

Are we just becoming numb from so much of it. I mean, a guy quietly texting on his cell and minding his own biz on a Greyhound bus is suddenly set upon by an equally quiet stranger whom he'd done completely nothing to provoke,and BEHEADED in view of 40 other passengers, and now it's yesterday's news.

We're just so sick from it all, we can't cope anymore. You want to hide somewhere, but where?

The North Coast said...

And, this past week, acid tossed on a 48-year-old woman in Logan Square by a teen female robber. The poor woman is covered with 3rd-degree burns and is having to get skin grafts.

Just too horrible. A robbery, for Chrissakes.

We've already forgotten about the horrible workplace shooting last year-or was it the year before, that left 6 people dead.

When will the next one be? I mean, we know there will be a next one. And one after that. If not at work, at a shopping mall or pancake house or somewhere.