Friday, June 11, 2010
More Details On The Thomas Ave. N. Shooting
Contributed photos, xoxo, blog post by John Hoff
This morning the City Pages listed the address where yesterday's "head shot" murder took place at 1240 Thomas Ave. N. The coverage in City Pages contrasted the incident with the Mayor's new emphasis on stopping crime.
Here is some commentary from somebody who witnessed the aftermath of the shooting and forward the photo, above.
"Note the large man in civiilian clothes with his back to the squad talking to police....with the big ass gun on his hip and what looks to be a walkie talkie. I figured he must be the maintenance man for the apt complex, but I've NEVER seen a maintenance guy carry a gun. Can you imagine the liability for the apartment complex if he were to shoot and kill someone?"
To which I say: maybe his company has extraordinary confidence in the man's good judgment. I'm not judging, not when it comes to decent people packing iron against thugs.
Here is some of what Northside residents were saying to each other via email...
"I read in the Strib that no suspects are in custody. That courtyard has tons of people in it at virtually any daylight hour -- seating, picnic tables, BBQ grills, open space for kids to play. Somebody saw this go down, whether or not they're admitting it."
"Homewood residents milling about on Sheridan south of the scene said that recent increased police patrols (the past week or so) in the area were possibly related to increased activity in the alley behind the apartments. I heard mention of card games."
"The only times anything happens in Homewood, it's the apartment buildings on Plymouth/Thomas & Plymouth/Sheridan. Domestics, aggravated assaults, burglary, robbery, rape, murder, shootings.
I'm at the point where I ignore nearly all Action Alerts mentioning the 12xx blocks of either Sheridan or Thomas because it's invariably not one of the homes on those blocks. Those buildings are the perfect stereotype of Section 8 housing. The folks on Farwell Place (like ) who share an alley with the apartments must be so thrilled."
(JNS says: Sarcasm font)
The building in question is owned by an entity called Homewood Limited Partnership. Here is a document about the city's involvement in financing of the buildings in question, click here.