Fifteen people shot outside Chicago funeral: Police

first_imgWLS-TVBy WILLIAM MANSELL and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(CHICAGO) — At least 15 people were shot outside a Chicago funeral home in a drive-by shootout during a ceremony for a man who was killed in an earlier drive-by shooting, according to the Chicago Police Department.The city’s mayor and police officials are urging the public to come forward with information to help end the cycle of violence.An unknown number of people inside a vehicle shot at a crowd attending a funeral on West 79th Street in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The individuals on the street then exchanged gunfire with the people in the vehicle, according to authorities.Police said the suspects crashed the car which was stolen, and fled the scene.“As the people were coming out of the funeral home, the shots rang out like they were literally raining on them,” witness Jenneth Hughes told ABC Chicago station WLS.Police said 15 people, 10 women and five men, whose ages range from 21 to 65, were taken to five different hospitals with gunshot wounds. Three women and three men were listed in serious condition while the remaining victims were listed in good condition, according to police.There were 60 shell casings found at the scene, according to David Brown, the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. One person was being questioned, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.Brown told reporters during a news conference Monday that the funeral was for a man who was recently killed during a drive-by shooting in the Englewood neighborhood. Two police cars were deployed to the funeral home and a tactical team was in the area as a precaution once the police got word of the ceremony, according to Brown.“Every funeral with any evidence of any type of gang affiliation is treated the same way,” he said.Brown said none of the officers who were in the area were hurt during the drive-by.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the shooters for allegedly taking advantage of the service to enact revenge.“To the cowards behind this shooting … we have to ask you to find your humanity,” she told reporters.Tuesday’s shooting is the latest in a recent trend of increased violent incidents in the city, according to Chicago police data. The number of shootings this year as of July 19 is 1,637. That is 537 more shootings, or a 47% jump, compared to the same period last year, according to the CPD.There have been 414 recorded murders in Chicago this year as of July 19, an increase of 139 from the same period in 2019, a roughly 51% jump, police statistics show.Brown noted several times during the news conference there are over 117,000 gang members in the city and they are divided up into thousands of sub-factions.He and Lightfoot urged anyone with information related to the shootings to come forward and help with the investigation by contacting the police’s tip line.Brown also urged anyone who is thinking about retaliation for this incident or committing any violence as part of a dispute to “put your guns down.”“The response too often is picking up a gun to seek vengeance,” he said. “A bullet for a bullet is killing these families, these neighborhoods.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fire department celebrates 135th anniversary

first_imgEmily McConville | The Observer Firefighter Damien Cruz and fire protection technician Dwight Niles drive to Pasquerilla East Hall for the first of five fire drills on Mod Quad on Dec. 4. Cruz said the fire trucks can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute.NDFD’s job was to walk in, trip the fire alarm, ensure everyone left the building in a timely manner and check for any fire code violations. They took the elevator, one man getting off at each floor. Cruz reached the fourth floor, where a few PE residents were studying in a lounge.“Let me know when you guys are ready,” Bishop’s voice said from a walkie-talkie.“We are ready on four,” Cruz replied.One by one, the firefighters radioed in. One of them reminded Bishop to check the chapel.A few seconds later, the fire alarm screeched through the building.Cruz said the fire drills have only been this frequent for awhile, since the Clery Act required them, but NDFD has been doing this sort of thing — inspecting buildings, overseeing drills and responding to emergencies, fire and otherwise — since 1879. According to a University press release, it is the first and oldest campus fire department in the country. It celebrated its 135th anniversary Nov. 21.When the fire alarm rang on Thursday, the PE residents in the fourth floor lounge jumped, then began to make their way downstairs and out of the building.“Is this real?” one girl asked Cruz. He said he gets that a lot.“We’re supposed to treat everything like it’s real,” Cruz said. “I’ll stand right here just for a few seconds. It clears out, the other wing, then I’ll give the all clear on this floor.”Cruz began to walk down one hallway, nudging and occasionally knocking on doors. After only a few seconds, the floor appeared to be empty.“We’re a little more lenient if there’s anybody in the shower or anyone with crutches or wheelchairs,” Cruz said. “In a real emergency, we ask them to wait in the stairwell, and we’ll come up and get them.”“Third floor is clear,” Niles said from the walkie-talkie. Cruz turned around, went through the floor’s second section and gave his own all-clear.On the way back, Cruz pointed at Christmas lights hung from the ceiling in a zigzag pattern. Not the best place for them, he said, but as long as they didn’t obstruct fire detectors or firefighters themselves, they could let it slide.“Something that’s really going to catch our eye is if it’s wrapped around a sprinkler head or if it’s struck in a doorway that’s supposed to close,” Cruze said. “Usually little stuff like this, we’ll let it go.”The firefighters and Geist congregated in the lobby as PE residents filed back in after only a couple minutes outside. Then they walked over to Knott Hall and repeated the procedure. (“I just wanted to take a nap!” one resident said on the way down).After the second drill, the firefighters stuck around for a few minutes and chatted in lobby with students and hall staff. A few guys pet Dakota and tried to convince rector Patrick Kincaid to get a dog, while the firefighters talked about getting a dog themselves.Emily McConville This part of the job, 32-year veteran Bishop said, is his favorite.“Interacting with students, faculty and staff,” he said.NDFD was created after most of campus burned down in April 23, 1879. Cruz said until 1995, when it hired its first full-time firefighter, the station was staffed with priests, brothers and student volunteers.Now, with 18 staff members, four of whom cover each 24-hour shifts, the department covers all buildings on the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross campuses, and gives and receives help from nearby fire departments for bigger emergencies and football games, Cruz said.Though the department was created because of a devastating blaze, Cruz said today, most of the station’s runs, or responses to calls, deal with something other than fire.“We do a lot of medicals, a lot of investigations — we smell this, we smell that, we spilled this in this chemical lab, we spilled this in this science lab,” he said. “The majority of our runs — we don’t have too many fires on campus. Every building on campus is sprinkled … I wouldn’t say [fire is] impossible, but it’s not very likely.”When the station gets a call — Cruz said it happens about three to five times a day, and ten times as often on football game days — it’s either a dispatch from Notre Dame Security Police or a fire alarm in a building, which runs through an analog system that alerts the firefighters through a series of bells.“Every building on campus and at Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross has a number assigned to it, and the number of times it rings signifies where we go,” Cruz said. “For example, the number of the firehouse is 333, so it rings three times, two second break, ring three times, two second break, ring three times. So we count the bells, and we know where we’re going.”NDFD has three fire trucks at its disposal, all of which hold 500 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons a minute, Cruz said. In addition to buildings, the station covers five lakes, so it also has a boat at its disposal. At least one firefighter per shift is trained in diving.Cruz said the department’s average response time is two minutes. The station has computers on each floor as well as in the apparatus bay and in the fire engines themselves, so by the time they get to where the call is — a dorm, for example — they know as much about the emergency as possible.“We get to the dorm and we’ve got one guy who will go to the alarm panel, and he’s stationed there. That’s his location, to silence it or tell us, hey, we’ve got something else going on in here. The rest of the guys go upstairs or to wherever the alarm is, and we’re investigating it.”When the department isn’t responding to emergencies, Cruz said it performs various services, whether maintaining fire safety at football games or overseeing normal campus activities.“We cover everything on campus that goes on, so bonfires we have to light and babysit. Any kind of sports on campus we’re involved in, either watching … we’re managing it,” he said. “Or, for instance, they’re having a dinner at DPAC for a Snite gathering, and we have to provide emergency medical coverage and fire watch. They’ll have live flames on candles for the dinner, so they’ll shut the fire alarm system down. You can’t do that for any building without having a firefighter there for what we call fire watch to make sure nothing happens.”Cruz said the department is also one of the main groups responding to electrical problems, such as the recent South Quad power outage or the larger outage in June, which left several people stuck in elevators.“They were dealing with elevator entrapments,” he said. “So the power goes out; the elevator stops where it’s at. I think they did maybe 10 of those.”Cruz said the station often receives visitors, whether interested visitors or alumni who participated in NDFD’s 135-year history.“We get visitors from everywhere who stop by,” he said. “That, to me, is always the exciting part.”The anniversary, said fire chief Bruce Harrison, was business as usual.“We quietly did our job,” he said. “That was our celebration. We’re just happy to be here.”Tags: 135th anniversary, Clery Act, fire, Mod Quad, NDFD, Notre Dame Fire Department The Notre Dame Fire Department (NDFD) conducts a fire drill for each dorm twice a semester. Thursday afternoon, it was Mod Quad’s turn.The firefighters on shift — Captain Michael Holdeman, firefighters Damien Cruz and Wayne Bishop and fire protection technician Dwight Niles — as well as Amy Geist from the Office of Human Resources and her yellow lab Dakota, piled into two fire trucks and drove around the corner to Pasquerilla East Hall for the day’s first drill.last_img read more

Endicott Police ask public for assistance finding missing man

first_imgHe was last seen on April 10 at 4 a.m. at his residence on Moss Avenue wearing a dark colored shirt, shorts and gray and orange sneakers. Police are requesting residents and businesses to review security footage they have from April 10 between the hours of 4 and 8 a.m. His vehicle, a brown Jeep, was found in the 400 block of River Terrance on April 10. Anyone with information about Davy’s disappearance is asked to contact the Endicott Police Department. Davy is a black male described to be around 6 feet tall.center_img Criminal activity is not expected but has not been ruled out, they say. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department continues to search for 30-year-old Dominic Davy. Police say “numerous leads” have been pursued.last_img read more

More injury woes for Everton

first_imgDefender Ramiro Funes Mori was carried off with what looked like a knee injury while playing for Argentina last night.Full-back Seamus Coleman broke his leg during Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales on Friday.Team-mate James McCarthy pulled out of that game after aggravating a hamstring problem in the warm-up. Ireland manager Martin O’Neill spoke about Coleman after last nights defeat to Iceland and is backing the Donegal man to make a full recovery.last_img