Given what happened in Boulder, Colorado yesterday, most folk most likely missed a really comparable case that came about in Chicago over the weekend. Tracey Thomas, 29, reportedly informed police investigators that he wished to lure CPD officers into an ambush and kill as many cops as potential.
Fortunately the suspect, his junky little Lorcin .380, and a small fortune value of .380 ACP hollow-point ammunition suffered an epic fail. But not earlier than he wounded one cop and one other harmless bystander whereas shooting at folks at each alternative in Chicago’s hardscrabble Austin neighborhood.
In truth, if Thomas, a felon, had a dependable gun as a substitute of the Lorcin, he may need brought on rather more mayhem. His first sufferer, driving a motorcycle, noticed the would-be killer attempting to clear a malfunction and rapidly rode away. That bike rider suffered a really shut call with bullet holes in his clothes.
More clueless residents practically fell sufferer to Thomas, together with one person of the male persuasion who took a spherical within the buttocks when he stopped his automotive to examine his tire after listening to popping sounds. It may have been a scene from The Jerk.
The Chicago Sun-Times has details of the attempted mass murder of police and others.
A person accused of happening a shooting spree Saturday in Austin that wounded two folks, together with a Chicago police officer, was attempting to “lure” cops to the realm “because he wanted them to kill him,” prosecutors mentioned Sunday.
Tracey Thomas Jr. was charged with the tried homicide of 5 officers, together with the cop who was shot, in line with Chicago police and the Cook County state’s legal professional’s workplace. He wasn’t charged in separate shooting incidents involving civilians. …
Three officers responded; they discovered spent shell casings earlier than they heard extra gunfire and took cowl. At least one spherical pierced a police SUV, famous Konstantopoulos.
Detectives then heard gunshots coming from that space and noticed Thomas within the alley, Konstantopoulos mentioned. When he fled west, the detectives tried to chop him off however overpassed him. They then issued an advisory together with his description.
Two different officers responding to a call of pictures fired then acquired out of their automobile to seek for Thomas. When one of many officers approached a constructing at 205 N. La Crosse Ave., Thomas allegedly shot her within the hand as he positioned himself in a first-floor window.
In the tip, after twice shooting at responding officers, Thomas opted to gap up in a constructing for a couple of hours. SWAT confirmed up and Mr. Thomas lastly surrendered.
CWB Chicago reported that Thomas is considered one of quite a few criminals arrested for killing or attempting to kill somebody in Chicago while out of jail under the Land of Lincoln’s “affordable bail” program because the first of the 12 months. Welcome to Murder City USA.
Thomas has been AWOL on drug distribution costs since he stopped exhibiting up for court docket appearances in September, court docket information show. He is the eleventh individual accused of killing or attempting to kill somebody in Chicago this 12 months whereas on bond for an additional felony.
The Sun-Times one way or the other forgot to say that tidbit.
Once extra, this case proves that the one factor that stops a mentally-unbalanced bully with an illegally possessed gun and evil in his heart is an efficient person of the male persuasion with a gun.