8-year-old in van critically wounded

8-year-old in van critically wounded

There are 418 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 24, 2008, titled 8-year-old in van critically wounded. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

An 8-year-old boy was seriously wounded Monday night in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood when gunmen fired shots into a van in which he was sitting with his parents and sped off, officials said.

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Melvin

United States

#1 Jun 24, 2008
Our troops are safer in Iraq than they would be on the streets of Chicago.

but maybe we should have our troops do a sweep of Chicago
and clean up the "insurgent" groups of gang members
LCK

Macomb, MI

#6 Jun 24, 2008
It is amazing that the Tribune lets the readers respond only to the articles that they want people to vent over. They have ceased to open for discussion about the ministers questioning the police shootings on the South side and they have not opened debate on the shooting of teens in a funeral procession. Talk about trying to sway people.

Support the police and quit questioning them when they do their jobs or stop calling for them to put their lives on the line.

Since: Oct 07

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 24, 2008
susan wrote:
Why was he in a van in Humboldt Park at that time of night? It seems to me his parents are at fault on this one!
Humboldt Park NEIGHBORHOOD not the park itself. I see the article says seriously wounded not critically as the title says. Hope that is the case, and best wishes to him.
Ruthie Maldonado

United States

#9 Jun 24, 2008
God help us!

“What type of f--kery is this??”

Since: Dec 07

South Shore/Chatham

#10 Jun 24, 2008
Frank wrote:
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LOL. So much for free speech. Once people start talking the truth, they either get deleted or the board is closed. Cowards.
Hate filled ignorance is not the truth, even if you believe it...so who is the coward...I think it would be a punk sitting on a computer spewing filth...

Have a nice day.
Frank

Springfield, IL

#15 Jun 24, 2008
Lala11_7 wrote:
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Hate filled ignorance is not the truth, even if you believe it...so who is the coward...I think it would be a punk sitting on a computer spewing filth...
Have a nice day.
Well if you would have been on the comment board regaring the reverands, there was not one post regarding race. Just people defending the police. Always quick to cry about racism.
PRINCESS4

Harwood Heights, IL

#17 Jun 24, 2008
the police just need 2 take all those gang bangers out of the street
wildwest

Wayne, IL

#18 Jun 24, 2008
Shoot em up wrote:
Very interesting that 3 of the top 4 headlines deal with shootings among blacks and hispanics. Oh wait a minute, thats a normal day in Chicago.
Only the reported ones are. The media does it on purpose to appease idiots like you, who want to make everything a racial issue. Doesn't mean that whites are not being shot. In fact, a white woman was killed by her white husband 3 miles from house yesterday.
loose cannon

Lombard, IL

#19 Jun 24, 2008
Oh for God's sake......!
prayer for you

Chicago, IL

#20 Jun 24, 2008
i hope you have a fast recovery sweet boy torres. my prayers are with you and your family. it's not your fault that you live in a neighborhood where it's not safe for a child. i've lived in humbolt park many year back, and know how unsafe it can be because of gang bangers. even the gang members have their loved ones, i pray that one day the world will be a peaceful, safe, and loving place for all. best wishes for torres family.
Chicago ExPat

Woodbridge, VA

#22 Jun 24, 2008
If anyone in the area declines to give information in the name of "snitches get stitches" or some other invalid belief system, their assets are to be immediately seized and put into a trust for the wounded child. They are to be paraded on television with the caption, "I possess so little moral character that I am unwilling to help prevent another child from being shot."
Frank

Springfield, IL

#23 Jun 24, 2008
Lala11_7 wrote:
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Hate filled ignorance is not the truth, even if you believe it...so who is the coward...I think it would be a punk sitting on a computer spewing filth...
Have a nice day.
Every year the Chicago Police publishes a Murder report detailing every murder that occurred for that specific year. After reading it year after year, guess what racial group year after year has the most murder victims and murder offenders? Take a wild guess. Now is that racist or is that the truth. I don’t make this data up, it’s in the report and sometimes people don’t like to hear the truth and I think that you fall into that category. When they publish 2008’s murder report, guess what racial group will have the most murder victims and murder offenders? Think about it and don’t get murdered.
My My My

Schaumburg, IL

#24 Jun 24, 2008
Best wishes to this poor family! I hope when the police find this coward - that they hang him by his testicles for all to see. This nonsense cannot be tolerated any longer.
Free Speech

Chicago, IL

#26 Jun 24, 2008
LCK,
I agree with you -- I get frustrated when there is an article I want to response to. I find most of those are either related to illegals, or cops defending themselves.
I do understand that some things shouldn't be in each specific board, why can't the Trib. just delete those comments instead of closing the entire board. The Times in IN does it that way.
My My My

Schaumburg, IL

#27 Jun 24, 2008
Chicago ExPat wrote:
If anyone in the area declines to give information in the name of "snitches get stitches" or some other invalid belief system, their assets are to be immediately seized and put into a trust for the wounded child. They are to be paraded on television with the caption, "I possess so little moral character that I am unwilling to help prevent another child from being shot."
Very well put!! Actually I'd use the caption -'Im a terrorist, shoot me!'
Bruce

Paso Robles, CA

#29 Jun 24, 2008
Would someone please explain to me the difference, besides a matter of degree of results, between an Iraqi insurgent walking into a market with a bomb strapped to his/her chest, and a "gang-related" shooter on the streets of Chicago who hits 8-year olds, CPS students, grandmothers in their living rooms, etc, etc. They both hold people and neighborhoods hostage and fearful as to what might happen next. Wouldn't it be accurate to call them both terrorists?
silly just silly

Camby, IN

#30 Jun 24, 2008
Melvin wrote:
Our troops are safer in Iraq than they would be on the streets of Chicago.
but maybe we should have our troops do a sweep of Chicago
and clean up the "insurgent" groups of gang members
isn't that what the police are supposed to be doing? Oh that's right though we don't want them in Chicago.
just feed up

Aurora, IL

#31 Jun 24, 2008
i'll tell everybody what the problem is illnois state laws, if the courts start foucs more on parenting in stead of child support this would not be a problem i think the more time that these so called me spend with there kids the less time they have on the street the men and they kids!
Moshucat

Chicago, IL

#32 Jun 24, 2008
Its amazing that our public elected officals and ministers who seem to run our south side have nothing to say except they fear the police shootings the last couple of weeks may cause unrest.

What about the people being killed on our south side streets everyday? Contrary to popular opinion these are not all gangbangers. Our innocent citizens are being killed or mamed.

The black church leaders and elected officals, especially on the city level fear Daley and his retribution if they don't keep silent and play down the inability of the city to control the violence. They may not get elected again or get more space to expand their churches if they don't behave. Shame on all of you and shame on us for voting for them and even attendign their churches. I wonder if we stopped supporting these churches how fast they would open their doors and tray and reach our to others than their members?

Police officers are out there doing their jobs. How much help is coming from citizens? Citizens SEE EVERYTHING when the police shoot a criminal and the criminal is always innocent of anything. Do you ever stop to consider that they too are frustrated at going out and risking their lives and they get blamed for everything and are NEVER innocent? I'd lioke to see us do without them.

As citizens we have alteratives and we need to start working with the police and pressuring our public elected officals and ministers. There are programs to pressure landlords to do better background checks and to help rid their buildings of the garbage causing the problems. We elect not Daley.
Chicago ExPat

Woodbridge, VA

#33 Jun 24, 2008
Bruce wrote:
Would someone please explain to me the difference, besides a matter of degree of results, between an Iraqi insurgent walking into a market with a bomb strapped to his/her chest, and a "gang-related" shooter on the streets of Chicago who hits 8-year olds, CPS students, grandmothers in their living rooms, etc, etc. They both hold people and neighborhoods hostage and fearful as to what might happen next. Wouldn't it be accurate to call them both terrorists?
Morally, I would say they have no disctinction. Both are intrinsically evil acts that represent a complete disregard for human life. Terrorism, however, is commonly considered to be unlawful violence for the purpose of achieving a particular political result. Generally speaking, the people who do these street shootings are instead either economically motivated (for example, to protect their drug selling turf) or motivate by some twisted sense of manhood when it comes to responding to perceived slights (like someone from outside the area having the gall to walk or drive down their street).

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