Halloween Purge – One man killed and several people injured in a deadly Halloween weekend in Chicago
Many people are calling last Halloween weekend the Halloween Purge in Chicago, after 29 people were shot – including a 10 year-old boy – and one man was killed, according to Fox 32 Chicago.
The fatal shooting took place on Halloween night during an attempted robbery in the Southwest Side of Chicago.
Here is a small breakdown from the several shootings that occurred on Halloween weekend, from Fox 32 Chicago:
A man walked into a business that included a currency exchange in the 7200 block of West 51st Street about 7 p.m. and pulled out a gun, threatened the employee behind the counter and announced a robbery,
Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, of the 5000 block of South California, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The 19-year-old man was on the sidewalk in the 8700 block of South Honore Street at 7:11 p.m. when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots before leaving the area. The man heard the shots and felt pain, police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left leg, and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in good condition, police said.
About two hours earlier, two 16-year-old boys were shot in a third Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood shooting. The boys were shot in the 7300 block of South Woodlawn Avenue at 10:47 a.m., when they were approached by a group of people. One person from the group shot at the boys, and then the group ran away, police said. One of the boys suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where his condition was stabilized. The other boy, who is a gang member, suffered a graze wound to the leg, and he refused medical attention at the scene.
These shootings come as the FBI warned police across the country of a possible uprising against the police. According to the FBI report, the extremist group, which is known as the National Liberation Militia, has proposed “Halloween Revolt” that encourages followers to cause anarchy, attract the police and then viciously attack them.
The FBI reports that the members are being told to wear regular Halloween masks and use weapons such as bricks, guns, and bottles.
While it is not clear if these shootings are related to this possible terrorist warning, it is clear that many people in Chicago are afraid.
Mathew Shawnee, 21, a resident, told the reporters:
I saw few guys dressed up, and then they open fire and hit a pair of women, including one who appeared to have been shot in the face, and a kid.