by The Chicago Times Staff

July 15, 2021

CALEDONIA, WI — Authorities said Thursday that a Wisconsin gunman who killed a 22-year-old man while pumping gas shot himself in the head after exchanging gunfire with an undercover sheriff’s investigator.

According to the state Department of Justice, John McCarthy, 32, of Hartland, killed himself after encountering the undercover sheriff’s investigator at another gas station not far away in Caledonia on Tuesday.

McCarthy was identified as the shooter by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday.

McCarthy and the investigator were both shot before McCarthy fatally shot himself, according to the justice department.  The investigator, whose identity has not been revealed, is recovering in a Racine hospital from non-life threatening wounds.

McCarthy ambushed Anthon Griger, 22, of Elkhorn, at the Pilot Travel Center around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling. According to the sheriff it was an execution killing.  No motive has been discovered as of yet.

McCarthy rummaged through Griger’s pockets, according to Schmaling, before shooting multiple times at another person driving through the parking lot.

McCarthy then drove 2 miles to a Mobil station, according to investigators.  McCarthy approached the undercover investigator who was putting gas into his unmarked squad car with a revolver pulled.  Both parties exchanged gunshots.  According to the sheriff’s office, the investigator was shot multiple times, fracturing several bones surrounding his pelvis.

Griger’s death came as a shock to his family, according to a GoFundMe website.  Griger was a 2017 Franklin High School graduate known as “Nino” by his family and friends.


by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

July 8, 2021

CHICAGO — An undercover Chicago police officer and two ATF agents were shot in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Wednesday morning, prompting the arrest of a Chicago man.

Eugene McLaurin, 28, is accused of assaulting a special agent with a dangerous and deadly weapon.

Two agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and an ATF Task Force officer were driving in an unmarked law enforcement vehicle while participating in a federal investigation in Morgan Park on July 7, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Thursday.

A white Chevrolet Malibu sedan, according to officers, was tailing their unmarked vehicle.

According to the complaint, the officers noted the vehicle’s license plate number.  The Malibu’s driver then pulled up alongside the officers’ car.  According to the criminal complaint, McLaurin rolled down the driver’s side window and began shooting at the officers’ vehicle, wounding three officers.

Just before 6 a.m., the officers were getting on I-57 northbound at 119th Street when they were shot.  The officers were airlifted to Oak Lawn’s Advocate Christ Medical Center.  A graze wound to the head was sustained by a male Chicago cop.  A male ATF agent was shot twice near the torso and arm, while a female ATF agent was shot in the hand.

The Malibu was later discovered parked on a Chicago street, according to CPD.  McLaurin was apprehended later in the morning on Wednesday.  According to a seven-page criminal complaint, McLaurin admitted that he began following a vehicle in which the officer and agents were riding because he suspected it was being driven by “opps,” or rival street gang members.

According to the complaint, he claimed he opened fire with a Glock 9mm pistol before dropping the weapon in a drain.  Officials stated that the investigation is still ongoing. 


by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

July 7, 2021

CHICAGO — Over the weekend in Austin, a man fatally gunned down a woman and wounded two other men before being shot by a concealed-carry holder, according to Chicago police.

In the July 4 incident, criminal Calvin Gonnigan, 34, is charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of aggravated assault with a firearm, according to Chicago police.

Gonnigan opened fire in the first block of North Menard Avenue around 10:45 p.m., striking Janina Ford, 45, in the head, according to CPD.

According to police, two men, 32 and 49 years old, were also shot.

A 49-year-old male witness with a concealed-carry license pulled out his own weapon and fired shots at Gonnigan, striking him in the arm and hip, according to CPD.


by The Chicago Times Staff

July 7, 2021

TERRE HAUTE, IN — A police officer in western Indiana was shot and killed near a federal building on Wednesday, just hours after a Chicago officer and two federal agents were shot while working undercover.

Terre Haute Police Department Sgt. Ryan Adamson confirmed the officer’s death on Twitter.

The officer’s name has not been released because the officer’s family has not been notified.

The shooting happened outside a federal office building behind the Vigo County Courthouse, according to the Tribune-Star.

Around 5:50 a.m., one Chicago police officer and two undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents were shot, according to Chicago authorities.

According to CPD, the three officers were in the same unmarked undercover vehicle attempting to enter the freeway when they were shot from the street.


by The Chicago Times Staff

July 6, 2021

CHICAGO — Since Friday night, 16 people have been killed and at least 76 others have been injured in gunshots across Chicago over the long holiday weekend, including at least five children.

Last weekend, 10 people were murdered, and 68 others were injured in shootings across Chicago.

No comment from the Mayor.


by The Chicago Times Staff

July 5, 2021

ATLANTA, GA — Two more victims were discovered in the back of a pickup truck allegedly driven by the man who shot a pro golfer in Pinetree Country Club, in Atlanta’s Cobb County, on Saturday afternoon, prompting a manhunt in Georgia for an “armed and dangerous” suspect.

According to authorities, the suspect drove his pickup onto the green 10th hole and shot Gene Siller fatally in the head after he was approached by Siller.  Cobb County police stated Sunday night that two men were found dead in the back of the vehicle.  One of the victims has been identified as Paul Pierson, the truck’s owner, while the other man has yet to be recognized.  According to police sources both individuals had gunshot wounds.

Cobb County police describe the murderer as 6 feet tall with long hair wearing a light colored shirt and dark work trousers.