Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicago: Spree-Killer Dante Simmons Murders Troy Cameron, 22, Anton Sanders, 15, Shoots Up Chicago Walgreen’s, City Bus, Then Does Taxpayers a Favor


A photo from above the crime scene outside a Walgreens on the 300 block of West Chicago Avenue on Jan. 20. (Submitted to the Chicago Tribune)

By Nicholas Stix

23-year-old man killed at River North neighborhood Walgreens
By Peter Nickeas and Rosemary Sobol
January 21, 2012
Chicago Tribune

A 23-year-old man died after someone walked into the Walgreens on Chicago Avenue near Franklin Street and opened fire about 10 p.m. Friday, according to police.

He was shot in the head and body, police said.

Police found the body on the ground outside the Walgreens next to a garbage can.

A westbound Number 66 Chicago Avenue bus was parked outside the Walgreens in the Westbound lanes because a bullet struck its side, according to a CTA employee.

Chicago Police took photos of the bus as they worked at the crime scene.

Chicago Avenue is blocked in both directions from Orleans Street on the west to Franklin Street on the east.

Police said the shooter fled on foot and nobody is in custody.

The Cook County medical examiner's office was notified of the death.

A spokesperson for Walgreens wasn't immediately available to comment on the shooting.

Check back for more information.

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.]

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Suspect in Walgreens Shooting Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot in Evanston
Updated on Sunday, 22 January 2012, at 11:00 a.m. CST
Sunday, 22 January 2012, 11:00 a.m. CST
Fox Chicago/Sun-Times Media Wire

Evanston - The man wanted for the fatal shooting of a security guard at a River North Walgreens Friday night has been found dead in Evanston, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police were also looking into his possible involvement with the fatal shooting of a Skokie teen in Rogers Park Friday night.

The body of Dante Simmons, 33, was found in an alley in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue, according to Evanston police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

Simmons was a resident of nearby Rogers Park, Evanston police said. A 9mm handgun was recovered by police at the scene.

Simmons appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police and the medical examiner’s office said. His body was found covered in snow.

Simmons was wanted by the Chicago Police Department for a homicide that occurred at a Walgreens at 315 W. Chicago Ave., in the River North neighborhood just before 10 p.m. Friday. In the Walgreens shooting, Troy Cameron, 22, of the 500 block of N. Avers Ave., was dead on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Cameron was a security guard at the store, sources said. It was unknown if the man was the intended target.

While Evanston police said the detectives investigating the Walgreens shooting were also investigating another homicide that occurred Friday night on the 1800 block of West Juneway Terrace in Chicago, near the Evanston border just south of Calvary Cemetery, Chicago police said Saturday afternoon that no connection between those shootings has been established.

[N.S. Why bring up the second murder, unless they’re related?]

In that incident, a body was found near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Juneway Terrace, Evanston police said. The victim -- identified as Anton Sanders, 15, of the 4200 block of W. Golf Rd. in Skokie, according to the medical examiner’s office -- suffered several gunshots, police said.

Walgreens spokesman Robert Elfinger said, “We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with our employees’ family.”

Chicago police, in a statement issued Saturday afternoon, said Simmons was wanted for the shooting at the Walgreens store, but “any connection between (Simmons) and any other open homicide investigation has not been determined or verified at this time.”

Belmont Area detectives are continuing their investigation.

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Evanston firemen clean up the scene at the 100 block of Clyde Avenue, after a body was found in the alley. (Brian Cassella/ Chicago Tribune)

Cops: Man suspected in 2 Chicago homicides found dead in Evanston alley
Staff report
January 21, 2012

Authorities are investigating the apparent suicide in Evanston of a 33-year-old man suspected in two Chicago slayings Friday night, one downtown and one in Rogers Park, a few blocks from where the suspect was found dead.

The man, identified as Dante Simmons, of Rogers Park, was found about 8:15 a.m. by a man shoveling snow this morning in an alley just west of Metra Tracks behind a 3-story apartment building in the 100 block of Clyde Avenue in Evanston, police said.

The Cook County medical examiner's office had been notified of a death at that location, but were confirming the man's identity because his family had not yet identified him.

Simmons appeared to have shot himself in the head, and investigators found a 9mm handgun nearby, according to a news release from Evanston police.

Simmons was wanted by the Chicago Police Department in connection with the slaying of a 22-year-old man at a River North Walgreens about 10 p.m. and in connection with another slaying, of a 15-year-old boy, near the Evanston border in the 1800 block of West Juneway Terrace, just south of Calvary Cemetery, according to a release from Evanston police. In that incident, a body was found near the corner of Chicago Avenue and Juneway.

Chicago Police, however, issued a statement later this afternoon that said Simmons was a suspect in the Walgreens' shooting, but did not confirm Simmons was a suspect in the Juneway homicide.

"Any connection between this subject and any other open homicide investigation has not been determined or verified at this time ... detectives are continuing their investigation," Chicago Police News Affairs said in a news release.

Authorities said Simmons lived in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace. Officials at first identified his first name as Donte, but later corrected the spelling, matching public records that give his name as Dante.

Earlier Friday evening, Evanston Police responded to a call of several shots fired just before 11 p.m. in the area of the 700 block of Seward Street. Evanston Police now believe the shots fired call on Seward was related to the homicide on Juneway, according to the release.

A 9mm handgun also was used in the Juneway shooting, Evanston police said.

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