Nothing like calling in gang leaders to a known location so that those looking to kill them have an easy time tracking them to a kill zone:
- A parolee was fatally shot on the South Side after leaving a meeting run by Chicago police and other law enforcement officials that is intended to steer gang members stay out of jail, authorities said.
Tracey Morgan, 25, and his mother were shot Tuesday night after she picked him up from the "gang call-in" at the Friendly Temple Church of God In Christ at 7745 S. State St. in the Chatham neighborhood, police said.
Police think that another vehicle followed their car and that someone inside opened fire in the 8200 block of South Lafayette Avenue, about a mile from the church.
Morgan was wounded in the abdomen and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 9:27 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. His mother, 55, was treated at the hospital for a wounded arm.
Detectives were investigating if Morgan, a reputed member for the Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones, was targeted by a rival gang member who also attended the meeting, police said. No one was in custody as of Thursday afternoon.
If we were the betting type, we'd say "Duh, ya think?"
- The call-ins are a key strategy used by the Police Department in its efforts to reduce violence in Chicago.
While it's still unclear if the meeting was directly connected to Morgan's death, Chicago police spokesman [...] called his slaying a tragedy.
"This is an example of what we're trying to prevent," he said. "The irony is that these call-ins are our effort to get these individuals out of a life of violence."
And how's that working out this year? Homicides are up how many? Shootings are up how many? And now the Department is an unwilling and unknowing accomplice to assisting in a hit?
- Parolees are typically required by their parole officers to show up to the meetings, which are generally not open to the media or public.
Chicago has hosted more than 40 call-ins since 2010, said Christopher Mallette, who heads the city's program. He said he moderated Tuesday's event attended by about 30 people.
[Police spokesman] said no conflicts between gang members occurred at the meeting, which Chicago police and corrections employees also attended. In light of the homicide, the Police Department plans to make what Guglielmi called "enhancements" to future call-ins, but he declined to detail those changes.
"enhancements"? So we're going to be escorting these shooters, felons, dope merchants and murderers home at night? That's the function of the Department now? What a fucking joke.