Man fatally shot in Dolton

There are 20 comments on the Mar 18, 2010, Chicago Sun-Times story titled Man fatally shot in Dolton. In it, Chicago Sun-Times reports that:

A man was fatally shot in south suburban Dolton Wednesday night. Prescott Rhone, 21, of 13853 Forrest Ave.

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Miss Eyes of Dolton

Calumet City, IL

#1 Mar 18, 2010
I heard gun shots last night, and found out today that a man was fatally shot. It is sad that the killing continues. I hope that anyone who has seen or knows anything tells it right away. The killing must stop! It is even more sad that hearing gun shots in Dolton has become normal, therefore I never know if someone is just firing rounds or shooting at someone. Lets pray for the family who lost their loved one and pray that any witnesses to this crime or others would break this "FOOLISH CODE OF SILENCE" and come forward to notify the authorities.
Miss Eyes of Dolton

Calumet City, IL

#2 Mar 18, 2010
Also the story in the Sun- Times say " A person from the Dolton Police Dept. refused to comment."
Hmmm, is that the way to gain support from the community. The police are silent and the community are silent, does this sound crazy or what? I repeat the Killing Must Stop!!!
BillMeLater

Dolton, IL

#3 Mar 19, 2010
They are silent because an investigation is taking place and they are trying to apprehend these thug/gangbangers. I'm so tired of these hoodlums ruining our town! My understand is that the victim and the assilant(s) had been feuding (gang-banging) for quite some time. They obviously followed this young lad and took his life, senselessly. When will these young people learn? What are they killing each other for? They don't have terroritory. They aren't ballers or shot-callers. They are mere thugs...hanging out in the streets fighting for no reason. It's so sad.
wondering

Lowell, IN

#4 Mar 19, 2010
do you feel its the fault of somone else ? Ever turn to drugs for your problems ? do you have a gun and carry it with you all the time, is it possible that you shoot at someone and hit a bystander by mistake. have you ever scratch gang names in some bathroom ? do you scratch your head when businesses like jewel,kmart,model,big b,furniture store, and others close. do you blame somone else for your problems?
Roving Reporter

Tinley Park, IL

#5 Mar 19, 2010
If we can start here with telling what we know. Make sure it gets to the right sources. If you feel that the Dolton Police Department is not doing their job, there are other law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction to work in Dolton. Cook County Sheriff Police, State Police, ATF, DEA, FBI. Call them they will listen, you can remain anonymous.They probably would like to work on some of the police here.They did it in Harvey and Ford Heights.
DoltonResident

Dolton, IL

#6 Mar 20, 2010
Dolton is doing the best they can, with the limited resources we have available. Maybe, if parents would serve as mentor/guides for their youth, we wouldn't have these ongoing issues!!!!!The city of Chicago, has been labeled a murderous City, and look at their massive districts/departments and resources...they have. These are perilous times we live in and it takes an entire community to come together. Not just law enforcers to Govern the land!

Bringing in outside agencies will not get rid of people addicted to drugs, who involve themselves in gang-activity, who engage in illegal activities and harm others! It just won't! These social ills didn't start in Dolton, nor will they end there. Harvey Police department...is not ran by an outside agency. However, they are being held under investigation regarding some corrupt activities. In regards to the Village of Ford Heights....yes, they are being governed by outside agencies, due to all the corruption. This has not stemmed over to the Village of Dolton. The crime transpiring in Dolton, is happening all over. Especially, due to all of the inner-city project residents...being transitioned to the south-surburban areas in Section 8 housing, due to gentrification!!! However, Dolton Police is responsible for everything that's wrong with Dolton. Right? That's their fault too? Once again, they can't be everywhere at all times! Especially, once again for a community of 25,000+ residents! We need more officers, new police cars, technical equipment, etc., etc. That means tax increase...which won't pan over with residents. Although we haven't had increases in our taxes for well over a decade. It's amazing you never here the positive. Only the negative. The bad always carries more weight. I find it so interesting that their was no articles written, news cast...and such, when gang-bangers were apprehended after a shoot-out, and no innocent bystander was harmed. Not one whisper of that! Nor the subjects apprehended that had been habitual robbing homes, and storing stolen goods, in an abandoned home. I could go on and on. No mention. Hmmmm, interesting.
mrgetinvolved

United States

#7 Mar 21, 2010
I dont mean to be rude but I think you should do more research before you claim this was fueled by gang violence. Prescot Rhone was not shot because of "gang banging" yes it was a fued, and it was senseless......This young man is a victim of his environment.
Im tired of people blaiming everybody but themselves. These killers are raised by people like you that dont care to understand as long as its not in your home. I knew Prescot he was a typical teen, not a "Baller or a Shot caller" as you said. Why is it young people take the blaim for everything. Is it not the police fault or the school system. These police knew wut was going on, yo kids probably knew what was going on. Stop blaiming these kids and get involved. This boy was murdered because he stopped some kids from jumping another....."Get your facts straight."

If its really a problem get up off of your ass and do something help bring back unity amongst these young people, stop accusing them all of being up to no good because he dont speak your language, by that young man cd at the gas station, he could of been trying to sell you crack...

Save our kids

Im doing my part, I dont run away from them, I get involved....
Remember you was young too......Rip Prescot
DoltonResident

Dolton, IL

#8 Mar 22, 2010
You don't mean to be rude, but you're accusing me/other posters of raising killers, not getting off my/our butt..and not doing anything, and you don't know JACK about me/other posters!!!!! Surely, you jest? First of all...I did research, and scores of people in the community said it was gang related/street related. Their had been jump-offs brewing, fighting and such!!!!! The police are seriously on this case!

You don't know what the heck, I'm doing nor what I'm involved in. WE (people) are not are circumstances! You choose to do right or wrong! I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, and I grew up in urban...crime areas! Yet, I choose to overcome my obstacles, go to school, get degrees! By the way...I serve as a mentor! I educate/teach and tutor, as well as my husband! You get your facts straight...you don't know me or anyone else posting! Nor what I stand for!!!!!!!!!!

I don't raise killers/thugs/troublemakers! I didn't say the victim was a baller/shot-caller! I said, it's not like THEY ARE! Nor did I write...they (youths) were all up to NO good! I work with talented young people everyday! That's your synopsis! READ and COMPREHEND!

My kids don't know jack regarding what was going on...because I don't have adolescents, nor young adults running about! You don't even know if I have child(ren)at all. How special...are you, to come up with all of these assumptions? If a person commits a crime...they do infact need to be BLAMMED for it! Take responsibility for their actions! That's the problem....blame society, blame the police, blame their laziness to pick up a book; on their educators. Blame their volatile attitude, on their frustration. Everything is everybody else's fault! Yes, that's so productive (SARCASM)

Yes, I was young too...guess what I had sense, and the free will God, gave me to utilize it!!!!!!!!!!
DoltonResident

Dolton, IL

#9 Mar 22, 2010
I will also like to state..my heart goes out to this young man and his family! No one should lose their life so recklessly. He was not around a good group of people. I'm sure this young man had a lot to offer, with guidance. I don't know if he was a gang-banger or not. However, scores of people in the community are saying that the shooters...are EXTREMELY...likely/surely participated in gang activities.
brIttanie

South Holland, IL

#10 Mar 22, 2010
rip Prescott..his family is in my prayers..
Miss Eyes of Dolton

Calumet City, IL

#11 Mar 23, 2010
The situation about Prescott losing his life is unfortunate and my prayers go out to his family and friends. Yes I did hear good things about this young man. I did not know him personally, but before this incident I heard that he personally intervened in a situation that DOLTON POLICE HAD BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT BUT TOOK ABSOLUTELY NO ACTION TO PREVENT. We could all assume that neither of us is doing anything , but again we would be making the wrong decision. There are some of us who have informed other outside law enforcement and are just waiting for them to get enough of whatever they need to start an investigation of why crime is not GETTING SOLVED AT A HIGHER RATE IN DOLTON! It's not just that crime happens, the frustration is that many residents have called Dolton police, however when they arrive the victims have been treated like criminals. If anyone read the story about the Prescott shooting they should take notice that Dolton police REFUSED TO COMMENT. Investigation or no investigation they could have had the decency to take the opportunity to make a plea to the community for any one with information to come forward. To make no comment at all was a missed opportunity to show that Dolton police are competent and capable. As for the crime, it takes the residents and the police to help stop crime. Yes those who come from poorly impoverished neighborhoods bring bad habits with them, but it is amazing how much SELF CONTROL A PERSON WILL FIND WHEN THEY KNOW THEY WILL SUFFER SEVERE CONSEQUENCES. Lets face it the Police are a big part of the problem, but then again so are Residents who keep this foolish CODE OF SILENCE when it comes to reporting crime. Parents stop befriending your teens and be their mentor. Show them the way, and then make sure they have a sense of what consequences are when they don't follow your rules at HOME. No one person has all the answers, so we should learn from one another. We should listen to each suggestion and at least take into consideration that it could work. We can't keep making excuses and expect solutions to suddenly drop out of the sky. Both Dolton Police ( not all of them) and Dolton residents( the ones who don't tell when they witness a crime) are to blame. Its time we except responsibility for our own actions and do Better! All Young People are not THUGS AND GANG BANGERS IF THEY WERE THEY COULD TAKE OVER DOLTON BECAUSE THEY SURELY OUT NUMBER THE ADULTS! We should stop avoiding them and start commmunicating with them, who knows they just might be willing to LISTEN!
jerks

Glenwood, IL

#12 Mar 23, 2010
BillMeLater wrote:
They are silent because an investigation is taking place and they are trying to apprehend these thug/gangbangers. I'm so tired of these hoodlums ruining our town! My understand is that the victim and the assilant(s) had been feuding (gang-banging) for quite some time. They obviously followed this young lad and took his life, senselessly. When will these young people learn? What are they killing each other for? They don't have terroritory. They aren't ballers or shot-callers. They are mere thugs...hanging out in the streets fighting for no reason. It's so sad.
are you a judge no but even if you was look what you would say that not right it could happen to you rember hoodlums can't by gun so you must be someold white penson by your self
DoltonResident

Dolton, IL

#13 Mar 24, 2010
I agree wholeheartedly with you MissEyes....it would have been proper protocol and a good gesture for the authorities...to make a plea to the community to reveal any information, they had regarding the incident. They could've offered for anonynomous tips to be called in. Do we still have the anonymous hotline? That was all Chief Fox's call. He needs to speak out and come to the block meetings...show his face, update the citizens. I know that's what the board meetings are for, but he has missed alot of those as well.

I'm praying for our time. It pains/grieves me...when these awful things happen. As a Dolton citizen...I know for a fact there are scores of educated, hard-working homeowners, tax-payers that live here. We need more resources to deal with all the new/different elements that has plagued our community.
JR in Dolton

Palos Hills, IL

#14 Mar 30, 2010
Ha! another shooting in Dolton around 4-4:30pm on Grant St right next to a School. Heard one person shot and maybe an officer too. See if it make it to the news or tv.
Roving Reporter

Calumet City, IL

#15 Mar 30, 2010
In the shooting this afternoon. Police Officer hurt and a person murdered across from Franklin School. NWI Times on scene with a photographer. Let's see if it makes the local Chicago News Stations. Anyone with information, put it out here.
Do your part

Chicago, IL

#16 Apr 1, 2010
There is no right or wrong answer about what each of us can do. The only wrong thing is to do nothing. You would be surprised the impact that each of these bloggers could have by just coming together, and doing a small thing to reach out to their neighbors. I never lived section 8, but I guess I can understand what it is like to be blamed for everything. Dolton used to be a community of neighbors, now its just a community of strangers. I think back when I was a child, it was harder to get involved with things that were too bad because my mother always had a friend that was watching and willing to tell. I knew my neighbors and I respected them, and ther respected me. Whats more, they expected more from me.
We don't reach out and take the time to get to know our neighbors, and their children.

I don't have the answer, but look around and get involved in some of the things that are going on at the park or library. There are other groups that want to help communities like ours learn how to deal with these types of community issues.

Change starts from the bottom and not the top. The government is supposed to reflect the will of the people, and the people have to organize enough to at least be able to make sensible reccommendations based on research.
Solve The Problem

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 1, 2010
There is such a thing as a Best Practice for Community Involvement.
As all of you are very interested in being online, check out this link. It is a systematic approach to solving problems that face communities accross America. We have to have a grass roots organized way to look at things. Emotions are great and fuel passion, but a plan brings about change.
http://ctb.ku.edu/en/solveproblem/
Shadow Knows

Chicago, IL

#18 Apr 1, 2010
You all say our neighbors are strangers. Mine became that way several years ago. Yep my new ones are. Reached out to two neighbors whose kids go to school with mine, let the kids in to play with mine over several weeks yeah the new folks. During holidays left town for 4 days, came back house broke into, guess what they took? My childrens games, videos, Ipod and other kid stuff. Some food and dvd's too not much else but broken things. Now who do you suppose did this? I had nice jewelry and some money in the home. No proof but HMMMMMM. So many of us do not wish to know our neighbors some old some are new. I do wonder how to solve this problem many sleepless nights over where I live. Sometime it cost to be neighborly with the wrong ones.
Charla

Chicago, IL

#19 Apr 5, 2010
Shadow Knows,
I read your Mar. 31st comment about the Village Board Meetings where you say Trustee Green mumbles and makes faces. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps this is in response to some of the bull Mayor Lewis spews? I know for a fact that he has lied, or shall I say, misrepresented the facts, on several occasions. It would be good for you to get the real facts related to the removal of the Late Mayor Shaw's picture being removed from the Dorchester after Mayor Lewis moved it from the first location. Wonder why the picture annoyed Mayor Lewis so that he had to move it away from the entrance? You are right that Mayor Lewis needs to talk to the trustees. He doesn't, and that's the problem. He attempts to ram through ordinances without even providing information to his trustees. Then he's pissed when they rebel. If you, the Shadow, knows so much, why don't you know this? All Village Hall is in trouble, especially the inept mayor, the manager (laughing at the Mayor's lack of ability), the Village Attorney (two-faced and phony beyond belief, the Village Clerk (still pissed because she didn't get her power back), and the rest of those who are shaking in their boots because of how the Village Manager is chopping heads. On cable, the Mayor comes off looking the worst, but for some reason, perhaps jealousy, you are fixed on Trustee Green and with whom she is or is not associated. Let the late mayor rest in peace. Get a new band wagon to hope on. You and some of the other idiots who keep resurrecting his name or trying to castigate his brother need some real therapy to move on. You all can sign up at the Dorchester. I'm sure there has to be a psychiatrist there for residents with mental challenges. The only thing is that they have a legitimate reason for their services. You are just driving yourself crazy worrying about a dead man (the late mayor)and his brother who probably wonders, like many of us, why you continue to focus on him. EXHALE AND FIND AN ISSUE ON WHICH YOU CAN PROVIDE SOME POSITIVE INPUT!
TIMES UP

Riverdale, IL

#20 Apr 6, 2010
Charla wrote:
Shadow Knows,
I read your Mar. 31st comment about the Village Board Meetings where you say Trustee Green mumbles and makes faces. Did you ever stop to think that perhaps this is in response to some of the bull Mayor Lewis spews? I know for a fact that he has lied, or shall I say, misrepresented the facts, on several occasions. It would be good for you to get the real facts related to the removal of the Late Mayor Shaw's picture being removed from the Dorchester after Mayor Lewis moved it from the first location. Wonder why the picture annoyed Mayor Lewis so that he had to move it away from the entrance? You are right that Mayor Lewis needs to talk to the trustees. He doesn't, and that's the problem. He attempts to ram through ordinances without even providing information to his trustees. Then he's pissed when they rebel. If you, the Shadow, knows so much, why don't you know this? All Village Hall is in trouble, especially the inept mayor, the manager (laughing at the Mayor's lack of ability), the Village Attorney (two-faced and phony beyond belief, the Village Clerk (still pissed because she didn't get her power back), and the rest of those who are shaking in their boots because of how the Village Manager is chopping heads. On cable, the Mayor comes off looking the worst, but for some reason, perhaps jealousy, you are fixed on Trustee Green and with whom she is or is not associated. Let the late mayor rest in peace. Get a new band wagon to hope on. You and some of the other idiots who keep resurrecting his name or trying to castigate his brother need some real therapy to move on. You all can sign up at the Dorchester. I'm sure there has to be a psychiatrist there for residents with mental challenges. The only thing is that they have a legitimate reason for their services. You are just driving yourself crazy worrying about a dead man (the late mayor)and his brother who probably wonders, like many of us, why you continue to focus on him. EXHALE AND FIND AN ISSUE ON WHICH YOU CAN PROVIDE SOME POSITIVE INPUT!
Talking about nonsense! Charla, you jest. Here is some positive input. Why the big deal over a picture? Dolton has way more problems than the long-dead Mayor's little old picture. Why are we paying, wasting, wastefully, for the old, old, old, twin brother's salary, car, insurance, benefits, when he provides the Village with no services, no reports, no accounting of what it is that he does to waste money, waste space, cost us law-suit after law-suit because he can't control himself; waste the good money and waste the good air of Dolton, while the Mayor and Trustees allow it? Shaw is wasting money that the Police Dept. could use to lock up gang members, murderers, crooks, and thieves all over Dolton. Green is an enabler of Inspector General Shaw.(Their title, not mine!) Remember that is where bill shaw was shacking up. Green was appointed a trustee when they made Lewis a Mayor. That's what's wrong with Dolton.

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