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At Least 5 Killed, 42 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago



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At least three people were killed and 40 were wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.

There were two mass shootings overnight in Chicago — both in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood.
The latest shooting happened at 18th and Keeler Avenue Sunday around 3:40 a.m. at a block party. Police said unknown suspects fired shots into a large group of people.

CBS 2 talked to one of the victim’s relatives outside the hospital. Keith Flowers said his 33-year-old son was killed.

He said his son had just gotten off work and went to hang out with some friends when someone pulled up in a car and shot them, CBS 2’s Eric Cox reported.
“Three cars pulled up and they just started shooting everybody,” Flowers said.

Flowers said his son, Demetrius, was pronounced dead when police arrived.

“My family is hurting right now. We’re grieving,” Flowers said. “This is our second son we’ve lost to violence.”

Also wounded in the attack were four other men ranging in age from 27 to 35, a 14-year-old boy, and two women ages 19 and 21, police said.

Diana Blizzard of North Lawndale woke up to bullet holes in her windshield. One of the back windows was shot out completely.

“I just found this out this morning,” Blizzard said. “My son pointed it out to me.”

Blizzard’s daughter’s car was also damaged during the gunfire.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s sad. I knew something like this was going to happen,” she said.

Outside her home, the sidewalk was stained with blood hours after the incident. The gruesome sight was seen by young eyes.

“Go back that way,” Blizzard told a child who inquired about the blood stains. “I don’t want y’all looking at that.”

Earlier Sunday around 1:20 a.m., police got a call for a mass shooting at Roosevelt Road and Francisco Avenue in Douglas Park.

Police said the victims were standing in the park when someone in black Camaro pulled up and started shooting.

A total of seven people were shot, four men and three women.

The victims are between 19 and 25 years old.

At the scene, police said a 21-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition along with two women, whose conditions were described as stable.

A 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were taken to Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Their conditions were also stable.

At 2 a.m., two women were shot in the 1200 block of South Troy Street in the North Lawndale neighborhood, police Supt. Eddie Johnson said. The women suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and police were working to find out more details about what happened.

Area Central detectives are investigating in all of the West Side cases.

Elsewhere on the West Side, a fatal shooting was reported early Saturday in the 4600 block of West Monroe Street. Three people were also shot in the 3300 block of West Monroe Street just before 5 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Three people were also shot in the 5600 block of West Potomac Avenue on Sunday afternoon, police said.

Shootings also occurred over the weekend in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue, the 4000 block of West Adams Street, the 3900 block of West Congress Parkway, 1400 block of South St. Louis Avenue, the 1900 block of West 23rd Street, and the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street. One person was wounded in each of those shootings, police said.

On the South Side, one person was killed in the shooting in the 100 block of West 103rd Street, another on the 7300 block of South Stewart Avenue. Two people were wounded in a shooting in the 8000 block of South Stewart Avenue, police said.

Shootings the 2000 block of West 70th Place, the 6700 block of South Parnell Avenue, the 7700 block of South South Chicago Avenue, the 9100 block of South Baltimore Avenue, the 300 block of East 132nd Place, and the 12300 block of South Emerald Avenue, each left one person wounded, police said.

And around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, a 56-year-old man was killed and a 47-year-old man was wounded when someone walked up and fired shots at them in the 1900 block of West Garfield Boulevard in Back of the Yards, police said.

The older man was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center, while the younger man was taken to the same hospital with a gunshot wound to the elbow, police said. The younger man’s condition was reported to be stable late Sunday.

On the Far North Side, one person was wounded early Saturday while riding a bicycle in the 6900 block of North Ashland Boulevard in Rogers Park when someone fired shots from a white Ford Focus. That victim was hospitalized in a condition described as stable.

On the Northwest Side, one person was also shot in the 3700 block of West George Street on Friday night, police said.


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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