Chicago Mayor Urges Residents to Speak to Police, Virginia Woman Charged in Murder, Wounding of Her Own Children

Chicago Mayor Urges Residents to Speak to Police

Chicago’s mayor says one lesson from a wave of weekend violence is that people who live in neighborhoods where the shootings occurred have to be willing to name potential suspects.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference with Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Monday to address the violence. Police say at least 11 people were killed and about 70 were wounded over the weekend.

Emanuel says residents must be willing to “speak up” and help identify suspects. Johnson echoed that, saying there are often people who know who pulled the trigger but don’t go to police.

Emanuel and Johnson say the weekend shootings were concentrated in just a few neighborhoods on Chicago’s West and South Sides, in areas where street gangs are entrenched.  Johnson says the shootings “are not random” and are “fueled by gang conflicts.”

The Chicago Tribune reports that by comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, often one of the most violent weekends of the year.

Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday that gangs sometimes use large summer crowds as cover.

Virginia Woman Charged in Murder, Wounding of Children

McLEAN, Va. Police in Virginia say a woman shot her two children, leaving one dead and the second with life-threatening injuries.

Fairfax County police said Monday that 33-year-old Victoria Youngblood is charged with second-degree murder in the Sunday night shooting at a McLean apartment.
Spokeswoman Tara Gerhard said at a news conference that officers responding to a report of a shooting found two children. One was dead and the other was taken to a hospital. Reports indicate the dead child was five-years old.  Police say the other child has life-threatening condition.  Her age is not yet known.

Police say Youngblood was arrested in Loudoun County after knocking on an acquaintance’s door. She’s being held without bond. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.

Police declined to release Youngblood’s relationship to the children, but reports indicated she is the mother.  Virginia law prohibits identifying deceased juvenile crime victims.  Reports indicate Youngblood had been in a long custody battle with her ex-husband.

89-year-old Father Shot, Killed by Son

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Police say an 89-year-old Maryland man was shot and killed by his son, who then turned the gun on himself.

Montgomery County Police say they received a report of two people shot in a park-and-ride lot Saturday afternoon on Norbeck Road in Silver Spring.

Police arrived and found two men in the front seats of a Toyota Prius.

Police say 89-year-old Thomas Willey, who lived in the nearby Leisure World apartments, was dead from a gunshot wound in the passenger seat.

His son, 67-year-old Thomas “Greg” Willey of Silver Spring, was alive but in critical condition in the driver seat.

Police say the son, who left a note in the car, was being treated Sunday at a hospital.

Trump Appears to Change Story on Meeting with Russian Lawyer

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Donald Trump appears to have changed his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent.

“Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” Trump wrote in a Sunday tweet. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

That is a far different explanation than Trump gave 13 months ago, when a statement dictated by the president but released under the name of Donald Trump Jr., read: “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago.”

The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from his New Jersey golf club, in which he tore into two of his favorite targets, the news media and Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into possible links between the president’s campaign and Russia. Trump unleashed particular fury at reports that he was anxious about the Trump Tower meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr. and other senior campaign officials.


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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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