Enlightening Commentary

Ballsy Move

Posted on March 21, 2017

Junk shot26th and California is probably one of the more law enforcement/criminal justice populated areas of Cook County, yet here’s someone getting a hi-speed lead vasectomy in broad daylight.

A brazen midmorning shooting outside the bustling Cook County criminal courthouse on Monday left a 21-year-old man critically wounded and at least one regular to the sprawling Southwest Side complex rethinking his safety.

“These guys don’t have any boundaries,” said defense attorney Stuart Goldberg, who pulled into a parking lot next to the crime scene minutes after the shooting.

Police said the 21-year-old victim was walking on his way to the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue when he was hit by shots fired from someone in a white van at about 9:25 a.m. Two off-duty Chicago police officers pursued a man and made an arrest, authorities said. Police said a gun was recovered.

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition with six gunshot wounds to the groin area, officials said.

Six junk shots. Given the usual ‘spray and pray’ MO of the city’s excitable youth, that’s one hell of a tight grouping.

Update: “Trick Shot” Tabari Harris, 19, has been charged in the shooting.

Update II: So much for that tight group: Several witnesses reported hearing three or four gunshots, and the victim was struck twice in the stomach and once in the buttocks. Initial police reports said the victim was shot six times in the groin.