Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ABC 7: Man shot while campaigning for political candidate in West Englewood

[VIDEO] This incident happened on Sunday and you probably heard about it that night on the 10:00 PM newscast. I would find this unacceptable, however, I would accept the explanation provided by Ald. Raymond Lopez (Ward 15) as it happened in his ward. It probably was gang members shooting at these campaign workers and wounding one only because they don't know them.

I found a write-up about this at the Tribune:
A volunteer for a candidate for alderman of the 15th Ward was shot while on Facebook Live as he was out canvassing the West Englewood neighborhood Sunday, officials said.

Maxwell Omowale Justice, 32, a volunteer for the Joseph Williams campaign, is speaking to the camera when shots can be heard in the video.

The shooting took place while Williams was a few houses away with his two children, as a group from the campaign tried to get affidavits from residents following a challenge to Williams’ petitions, said Erin Ellenbolt, Williams’ campaign manager.

“Maxwell had just shown up and he was handing out flyers as well and trying to get signatures,” Ellenbolt said.

Police said the shooting happened about 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of South Marshfield Avenue. Justice was hit once in the leg when a man in a red ski mask opened fire as Justice stood on the sidewalk. No arrests have been made.

Justice drove himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, where he was treated and released. Reached Monday morning, Justice said he was resting and wasn’t ready to speak more. In social media posts, he shared an image of his bleeding leg.
Also I'm with this:
Ald. Raymond Lopez, who currently serves the 15th Ward and is seeking re-election, put out a statement about the shooting Sunday.

“Campaign or not, it is completely unacceptable and unfortunate that someone would feel compelled to shoot at someone simply because they didn’t recognize them from the community,” Lope wrote. “This is the same type of mindless gun violence we have seen in other neighborhoods. It must be confronted and addressed directly and without excuses.”

BTW, this was a mindless shooting for what I would consider frivolous reasons (they didn't recognize the canvassers). This wasn't political at all and we should be disturbed if the shooting occurred for political reasons. We should also be disturbed if without knowing all the facts that anyone would consider than any candidate is involved with this incident.

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