Commentary by: Gordon King
Not all tragedies end in loss. God is good and is performing miracles in this time of darkness. This brave little guy survived being shot in the face by gang members. This miracle is an act of God. I send my prayers to this sweet child and his family, I also pray for those involved in the shooting, that God will turn their hearts to him that they may accept him as their Lord and Savior. Amen
Chicago toddler shot in face during mass park shooting is smiling and singing again
Deonta Howard thanks his supporters — and recites his ABCs — during an anti-gun violence rally less than two weeks after the tot was shot. WMAQ
Little Deonta Howard may have a bandage covering his upper lip, but the 3-year-old caught in the crossfire at a Cornell Square Park shooting on the south side is still smiling.
A 3-year-old boy who survived being shot in the face during a mass shooting at a Chicago basketball court is already smiling and singing again less than two weeks later.
Little Deonta Howard didn’t let a bandage covering his upper lip hide his smile as he grasped a microphone in his mother’s arms to speak out during a rally against gun violence in his hometown Monday.
Salinas had 3 homicides in 3 hours
There were three homicides within three hours in Salinas.
A brawl broke out at 1:38 a.m. Monday inside Tacos Choice restaurant at 608 Williams Road. When the fight spilled outside into a parking lot, a man pulled out a gun and began firing at the crowd.
Two men were shot dead. A 25-year-old man was critically wounded and police found him at the corner of Bardin and Williams roads. He was still alive Monday morning. Four more victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
The Central Coast does not have a trauma center, and helicopters could not fly any victims to Bay Area trauma centers because it was too foggy to fly.
The deadly brawl was gang-related, according to detectives.
At least 13 people are dead after a battle broke out between prisoners at a jail in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
A group of inmates used homemade knives and picks to attack rivals at the La Pila prison, the state attorney general’s office was quoted as saying.
Authorities took several hours to bring the fighting under control.
Deadly outbreaks of violence are common in Mexico’s overcrowded jails, which house inmates from rival drug gangs.
Dozens of people were injured – some seriously – in the fighting that broke out at La Pila, situated in the state capital, early on Saturday morning, officials said.
The authorities in the northern state of San Luis Potosi have begun to name the dead and warned concerned families waiting for news that the number of fatalities may rise.
Violence began when a group of prisoners took action after being harassed by other inmates, news agency AP quoted the state attorney general’s office as saying.
Rivalries between criminal gangs frequently spills over into Mexico’s antiquated and dangerous prisons, correspondents say. Studies say some prisons are effectively run by gangs.
Human rights groups say the penal system suffers from chronic overcrowding and is in urgent need of an overhaul.
Despite assertions that the prison system would be reformed after the last major incident, in which 44 inmates were killed, there have been no tangible improvements, neither during the final year of the previous administration nor in the first six months of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government, says the BBC’s Will Grant in Mexico City.
But media coverage quiet on racial, 2nd Amendment overtones
(Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.)
When a group of black men were planning a home-invasion robbery in Fayetteville, N.C., on Friday, they stuck to an M.O. that had succeeded all over the country, but made one fatal error: They chose the wrong home.
The residents of the targeted house were home at the time and armed. After what local authorities report as a “gun battle,” two of alleged robbers died.
Most home invasion robberies follow the same script: Find a residence in a nice neighborhood where people do not live too close together. Statistics show potential victims are likely white or Asian, though professional athletes of all races are common targets, too. In this case, police are not identifying the identity of the home owner.
In an increasingly common crime around the country, especially in rural areas near cities, the perpetrators rush in, maybe beat up the occupants, take what they came for and get out. Maybe kill someone. Maybe not.
But this is the most important part of the plan: The potential victims need to be defenseless.
And that is where Xavier White, Dominik Lavon Council, Lamyer Gorminie Campbell and Derek Rashaun Hair went wrong: They chose the wrong house.
Police are not releasing the name of the homeowner who shot and killed two of these men as they broke into his home 3:37 a.m. Friday.
Xavier White reportedly died after crawling to a neighbor’s house a block a way and begging for help. Dominik Lavon Council was reportedly found nine miles away, abandoned on the road with a fatal gunshot wound.
The other two suspects, who initially escaped, were taken into custody Sunday and charged with burglary and assorted offenses. This is not their first brush with the law.
The homeowner was also wounded and has gone into hiding, say local media reports. He is not expected to be charged because North Carolina is considered a strong “castle law” state – where a homeowner is allowed to use deadly force against anyone breaking into his home or even car. He is not required to retreat.
The Fayetteville area was made popular in the movie “Cape Fear,” where a convicted felon terrorized his former lawyer and family for doing a poor job at his trial. One of the perpetrators died at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
The incident reflects another example of black mob violence, a pattern documented in the book:
“White Girl Bleed a Lot, the return of racial violence and how the media ignore it.”
Local media were hesitant to discuss the wider racial and 2nd Amendment issues the attempted robbery presents. The daily paper reported it dutifully, but did not allow comments – as many local media outlets do not when the crime is racially charged.
But at local TV news websites, dozens of comments touted the incident as a win for the Second Amendment in the face of increasing racially-charged crime.
A web visitor identified as Al, for example, told the ABC affiliate, “Four guys break into a house, and two are dead – not bad. Dunno how many shots were fired, but evidently is was more than Biden’s ‘two shots in the air.’ Yet these bozos will tell you, ‘you don’t need more than a 10-round magazine.’ Guess they never heard of flash mobs either. Oh wait, CBS calls them ‘mischievous youths.’”
Over at the local Fox News affiliate, David Hedgecock chimed in: “Perfect example of why we need to preserve and protect our right to bear arms. I hate to think what would have happened if the government had confiscated their gun or guns in this case. It would likely be the homeowner that has assumed room temperature. Right on for the 2nd Amendment.”
A 6-month old girl became the latest innocent victim of Chicago gang violence when a gunman ambushed her father while he was changing her diaper along a South Side street and unloaded round after round into the two of them.
Jonylah Watkins died at a hospital Tuesday after surgeons did what they could to repair the damage from the five bullets that tore through her body during Monday’s attack in Woodlawn. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, was in serious but stable condition Tuesday after receiving treatment for wounds to his buttocks and side and a graze to his face, police said.
Jonathan Watkins is a gang member with a long criminal history — including a three-year prison sentence on a weapons charge— and there is little doubt he was the target of the attack, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Tuesday hours after the infant died. Watkins was standing in his car door changing his daughter’s diaper around lunchtime when the gunman approached and opened fire.
“He was obviously targeted,” McCarthy said. “It was very clear that whoever was doing this was firing at the father and exclusively at the father who happened to be sitting in a minivan with the child.”
Two suspected gang members have been charged with killing Pendleton, and on Monday, McCarthy said his department’s renewed push to fight gang violence is paying dividends. There were only 14 homicides recorded in February, which is half of last February’s amount and the lowest monthly total since January 1957.
On Tuesday, a day after the superintendent reported that the number of homicides were down 26 percent this year compared to the same period last year, McCarthy acknowledged that the infant’s shooting makes it “hard to see the progress” and is a sobering reminder that “we have a lot of work to do.”
McCarthy said that police have surveillance video that shows the van they believe was the getaway vehicle. And he said Investigators were trying to verify the existence of an alleged Facebook post threatening Watkins.
Area residents surmised that the gunman may not have known that the infant was in the van.
“They know who they were going after, but because he was bent over her changing the diaper they didn’t see that child was in the damn car,” said Carl Whitehead, a resident of the block where the shooting occurred.
McCarthy said detectives had spoken to Jonathan Watkins, but that they hadn’t determined if he plans to cooperate with their investigation or not.
“We don’t have one individual that’s really stepping up to help us,” he said.
Police often have a hard time getting witnesses to talk about suspected gang-related cases. For example, in the Pendleton case, one of the suspects refused to cooperate with investigators after he was shot month’s before the honors student’s killing.
The superintendent said the neighborhood where the infant was killed is the site of numerous gang conflicts, and that police saturated the area in the area Monday night “in the vicinity of the two gangs we believe to be involved in this conflict.”
Monday’s attack added to the grim roster of young children who have been gunned down, including a 7-year-old girl who was caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout while selling snow cones last summer and a 6-year-old girl killed a year earlier while sitting between her mother’s legs on the family’s porch.
The attack wasn’t even Jonylah’s first brush with gun violence. Her mother, Judy Watkins, was shot in the knee while pregnant with her, according to the woman’s mother, Mary Young.
“There’s too much shooting over there,” Young told reporters Monday. Speaking of her granddaughter, she added, “She’s nothing but 6 months old. How could anybody — what kind of heart?”
On Tuesday, there were two piles of window glass where the bullet-riddled van was parked a day earlier. There was also a makeshift memorial to the girl typical after such tragedies that included a couple of stuffed animals, a giftwrapped box and a helium-filled balloon with the words “Love Ya” on it.
“I walked past this spot every day,” said Whitehead. I got a one-year-old granddaughter right up stairs. This has got to stop.”
Associated Press Writer Carla K. Johnson contributed to this report.