| Aug 4, 2014
| 7:19 PM
I spent Sunday night at a candlelight vigil, held to mark the anniversary of a young man's shooting death and nudge anyone who knows anything to come forward.
I heard a grieving mother beg the crowd for tips that might help police and watched burly high...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Even the convicted killer now admits it was brutal and senseless: a young police officer left in the gutter, three bullets in his chest, one in his right temple, after a traffic stop.
The San Diego Police Department was shaken by the slaying of...
| Jul 1, 2014
The Rev. Michael Pfleger and about 100 supporters marched along South Paulina Street on Friday evening while down the next block, Chicago police searched for bullet casings and sought potential witnesses after a man and a woman were struck by a hail of...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:47 AM
UPDATE: Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense were heard Thursday morning. The jury was given the case about noon and has begun its deliberations.
NEWPORT NEWS — A jailhouse informant in a Newport News murder case...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 9:53 AM
After more than 20 years living on North Magnolia Avenue in Uptown, Victoria McGhee had had enough.
“I felt like every time I hear gunfire, I have to run outside and check where my kids are,” she said. “I can’t get comfortable...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 8:15 PM
An admitted gang member pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting a 13-year-old girl to death and attempting to kill six others last March after tricking one of the victims into flashing a rival gang`s hand signal.
Michael Martinez, 19, of 3040 S. Kostner Ave....
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The shooting of an elderly man in May was not unlike many other gang-related shootings across Chicago — except in this case, the suspected triggerman was on probation and working as a paid FBI informant.
A Tribune investigation has found that...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 4:29 PM
Federal authorities continued their crackdown on the Hobos, a street gang they have called especially violent, by charging one gang leader with a second killing of a government informant and adding a 10th defendant to the pending indictment.
| Sep 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
In his 1988 book “Seductions of Crime,” UCLA sociologist Jack Katz devotes an entire chapter to what he calls the “ways of the badass.” “In many youthful circles,” he writes, “to be ‘bad,' to be a ‘...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:41 PM
A fatal shooting in Rogers Park over Labor Day weekend was likely caused by tension between Evanston gangs, according to a Chicago alderman.
About 8:45 p.m. Sunday two men, both 29, were shot in a gangway in the 7400 block of North Ridge Boulevard -...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 5:30 AM
A member of one of Chicago's lower-profile but more vicious street gangs stood before a federal judge Wednesday and, one by one, admitted to a chilling litany of violent acts he committed to advance his role in the gang and to protect and grow its illicit...