Who brings a gun to the hospital? Well, if you've been assaulted and left for dead by a rival gang member, it probably seems like a good idea. Click here for the criminal complaint against Lakeric McCaskill.
The gun incident happened in early October at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, when hospital security searched McCaskill's room because it smelled like cigarette smoke. Here's words to live by...
If you're going to keep firearms in your hospital room, then don't be breaking other rules like smoking in your room.
Looking for nothing more than a pack of Newports (I strongly suspect they expected to find NEWPORTS) police turned up a Masterpiece Arms 9 mill with 20 rounds, one in the chamber. The gun was in a brown paper bag near the heating register, 5 feet from the bed.
After finding the bag, as per proper hospital procedures, hospital staff marked the bag with the patient's name.
McCaskill said he had the gun because he'd been beaten and left for dead by a rival gang member and feared for his life. He was convicted of burglary in 2001 and is ineligible to possess firearms. We all see how well that law is being enforced.
McCaski;l's home address is 11946 South Michigan Ave., Chicago. He fits the usual pattern of no accounts from Chicago who come to Minnesota and commit crimes.
The reason JNS blog looked into this incident after seeing McCaskill's name on the jail roster is because "McCaskill" is a surname linked to the Ferguson Crime Family, one of half a dozen or so known and named North Minneapolis crime families. The name in question appears as "McCaskill," "Slaughter-McCaskill" and "Slaughter." According to a JNS source, one of two patriarchs of the Ferguson crime family is James Leon Ferguson, who is locked away for life in prison on a murder charge. (There is apparently a "McCaskel" spelling variant, as well)
In this incident, Lakeric said the weapon had been brought to the hospital by a "friend or family member."