Arrest made in shooting of 13 people at memorial party for man killed by gun violence

first_imgWLS(CHICAGO) — An arrest has been made stemming from the shooting of 13 people at a pre-Christmas memorial party for a man who was gunned down earlier this year, police said on Monday.Chicago police said Marciano White, 37, was arrested on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon following the barrage of gunfire that broke out early Sunday morning at a crowded house on the city’s South Side.Investigators are still trying to determine how many people fired guns at the gathering to celebrate what would have been the 23rd birthday of a man police said was fatally shot in April when he attempted to carjack an armed victim.It remains under investigation whether White was among those who fired shots inside and outside the house in the Englewood neighborhood about 12:34 a.m. on Sunday.Among the 13 people wounded was a 16-year-old boy, who was in critical but stable condition.“It’s a terrible tragedy and, frankly, an incredible act of cowardice,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference on Sunday outside the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she visited victims and their families.The shooting came just three days before Christmas on what was another violent weekend in Chicago in which a total of 35 people were shot in a multitude of incidents across the city, authorities said.“We can’t normalize this kind of behavior and tragedy in our city,” Lightfoot said.People attending the memorial party for Lonell Irvin fled the house when gunfire erupted inside only to be shot when they got outside, said Fred Waller, chief of bureau patrol for the Chicago Police Department.“Looks like they were just shooting randomly at people as they exited the party,” Waller said.At least two men were seen on video from security cameras firing handguns outside the event, Waller said.“One of the people we believe exited that residence … began to fire at people as they left the residence,” Waller said.One of the gunmen was seen on video opening fire on a vehicle that was passing the house just as panicked partygoers were spilling onto the street, he said.Investigators spent most of Sunday combing over three different shooting scenes, one inside and two outside the house, according to Waller.Many of those attending the party were women and young people, some who had come from out of state, Lightfoot said.The shooting unfolded when a personal dispute erupted at the house party, Waller said.The victims shot at the party ranged from age 16 to 48, Waller said. In addition to the teenager, three other victims were listed in critical but stable condition.Two “persons of interest” were initially detained for questioning, including a man who was armed with a revolver and another who was among the people shot, according to Waller, adding that the wounded man being questioned is possibly the person who initially provoked the dispute.Police were first alerted to gunfire at the house party by ShotSpotter technology, Waller said.Officers arrived within three minutes to find a “chaotic scene” and immediately began administering first aid to victims laying on the ground outside the house on South May Street.Mayor Lightfoot suggested that potential witnesses were not cooperating due to fear of retaliation.“People in that house know what happened and we’ve urged them to overcome their fears and come forward with information so that the police can do their job in tracking down the people who were responsible,” Lightfoot said.Lightfoot said the police department is boosting patrols in troubled neighborhoods of the city due to escalating gun violence over the unseasonably warm weekend.The mayor had a warning for anyone suspected of using guns to settle disputes: “We’re coming for you,” she said. “We’re not going to tolerate this.”She described victims wounded in the mass shooting at the house party as being in tremendous physical and emotional pain.“One of the victims specifically said to me, ‘I just want to know who did this. I want to make sure they are brought to justice,’” Lightfoot said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

See much progress in women’s equality? Depends who you ask

first_img“It just may be more obvious to women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Older women had a brighter outlook than younger women. Three-quarters of those over age 65 said they think equality exists or will in the next 20 years for women in politics.Only a third of women aged 18 to 44 shared that view.”Older women have had more time to see more change,” Saad said. “There have been gains, and the longer you’ve been around, the more you see.”The results were based on self-administered web interviews conducted between July 13 to 19, using a random sample of 3,745 US adults. The margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points. Topics : Talk about a gender gap. Women and men have vastly different views on how much equality has been achieved in the US workplace, with half as many women as men seeing progress, poll results showed on Monday.Women are more pessimistic about the future as well, with almost twice as many as men predicting equality in politics will take at least 30 more years, if ever, said the survey by Gallup, a US-based polling company.Men and women agree that equality is missing from politics and the workplace, but by distinctly different margins, according to the survey, held to mark the 100-year anniversary of ratification of the US Constitution’s 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.center_img Overall, about seven in 10 US adults said women have not yet achieved equality in the workplace and in politics.But, divided by gender, 21% of US women think there is workplace equality compared with 42% of men. Also, 25% of women think there is equality in politics compared with 43% of men.Looking ahead, 32% of women and 17% of men said they predict political equality will take 30 years or more to achieve.”I can only imagine that women are just more sensitive to those factors than men, whether it has to do with equality in the number of women in Congress, the number of women CEOs, the number of women superintendents relative to teachers,” said Lydia Saad, Gallup’s director of US social research.last_img read more