Monday, August 8, 2011

How is it that Peoria appears to be filled with young'uns with guns?

When are we going to question how there are so many guns on the streets of Peoria? There appears to be a never ending gun supplier out there somewhere. When are we doing to deal with who is responsible? Our children are being shot and/or killed every day in Peoria. Instead of dealing with the issue, sometimes it appears as if the people who run this little town want to keep shootings under wraps (as much as possible).

By the way, there was a shooting at Wisconsin and Nebraska on Sunday at around 8:30, that has yet to be reported on by the mainstream media.

On another matter (related to young'uns with guns) I got together with the fam to play cards Saturday night. Usually the teenagers are not around, but this time my nephew was. When I asked him what was up, he said he doesn't like going out anymore, all people ever want to do is fight or talk about fights. I saw nephew again on Sunday, asked him what was up and he informed me his friend was shot at the roller skating rink. His friend is doing okay, but "he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Two People Shot, One Beaten at Mossville Skating Rink Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, the Peoria County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of multiple shots fired at the Peoria Palace Skating Rink in Mossville. Authorities say callers also reported a fight in progress.

When they arrived, sheriff's deputies found a large crowd and about 100 cars fleeing the scene. Amongst the crowd were two victims with non life-threatening gunshot wounds, and the victim of a beating.

All three victims were juveniles. Their identities are not being released. The investigation is ongoing. Source

I'm thinking nephew is going to pass on this:


Emerge Peoria said...

Peoria Palace closes at 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays. There must have been a private party there if people were still hanging out as long at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Emerge Peoria said...

I also didn't see a news report on the large fight that took place at 611 Alexander Street on Sunday evening at around 8:30ish.

Sharon Crews said...

Is it possible that teens with cell phones would call friends to meet in the parking lot of a closed establishment to stage a fight? These "events" sometimes don't happen by accident or on the spur of the moment--they are planned. The private party is still a possibility. Speaking of security, aren't such precautions taken at a place where teens regularly gather?

Yes, Emerge, you are right about the guns--tracing the supplier should be high on the list of priorities. Surely, not all of them are acquired through robberies.

Unfortunately, teenagers are the participants in these events we have heard about all summer--and they are about to return to school. And the authority of the security guards will probably be greatly reduced. Scary!

Sharon Crews said...

Emerge, you are right--it was a private party. I am not at all certain of the "wisdom" that would plan a party for teens that would last until 2 a.m.? Isn't that an automatic violation of curfew?

Emerge Peoria said...

...No arrests yet in Peoria Palace shooting.

Posted Aug 08, 2011 @ 10:41 AM

MOSSVILLE — A double shooting that took place at the Peoria Palace Roller Skating Rink, 11009 N. Mossville Road, over the weekend is still being investigated by the Peoria County Sheriff’s Dept. No arrests have been made.

Further information on the victims, who were reportedly juveniles, is not available.

Bob Randle, owner of the rink, said briefly Monday morning that the building was leased for a private ‘back to school dance’ for teenagers from the Peoria area.

More than 200 people were present when police arrived just before 2 a.m. Sunday. They were attending a private party at the rink, according to Capt. Dave Briggs,

“We have had problems (with this location) in the past,” Briggs said. “There have been several (calls made to the location) in the last year.”

Briggs said he could recall several incidents where police were called to the skating rink, some for shots fired, but could not remember if any involved a shooting.

“Usually, they hire an off-duty police officer as security for these events,” Briggs said. “This time they did not.”

walk of shame said... kids don't even know how to gather and behave without needing an off duty police officer?

Dennis in Peoria said...

On the issue of where the guns are coming from...I suspect we get many questionable 'visitors' from the Chicago area who may be bringing some 'heat' with them to pass on to those that think guns are the answer to every dispute. The rest may be stolen weapons. But I could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

I tried to attend this event on Saturday. The event was a "private" party hosted by a local dj. The admission charge was $2 before midnight and $10 after. Problems started to arise when people couldn't get in before midnight and had to pay $10. I'm not sure if they were purposely not letting people in before midnight to get more money or if they truly were at capacity inside. This upset some people because they stood in the heat for over 2 hours. I have been to a few events lately that allow 18 and up and these young whipper snappers can't have a good time. I'm not sure if its the music that causes the anger at the parties or if its a certain crowd that always attends this dj's functions. I stated before I tried to attend this event but as soon as I pulled in the parking lot and realized it was a bunch of teenagers I decided to go home.

Emerge Peoria said...

On Tuesday, we find out about the Sunday shooting. However, they failed to mention that guys ran across the roof of the Boys and Girls Club to get away...

A Peoria man was shot in the arm at 8:35 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Nebraska Avenue.

Hector D. Compres, 41, was shot while sitting in front of a business. He said he heard a shot and looked down, thinking he had been shot in the hand. The bullet struck him in the right forearm and traveled to his hand, according to the police report.

Two witnesses who were standing nearby told police they heard a shot then saw two men jump off the roof of the business.

Both were described as black males in their 20s or 30s, about 6 feet tall, and of medium build. One was wearing a white T-shirt and dark baseball hat. He had a handgun that witnesses thought was a revolver. The second was wearing a dark T-shirt and dark baseball hat with a white towel under it, hanging over the top of his back.

The door to the business was wide open. Police cleared the building and found no more victims or suspects.

Police said the business owner arrived and told police Compres was there working for him.