Thursday, August 11, 2011

KILLED while sleeping: 8 year old shot in the head in drive by shooting, as young'uns with guns continue to do what they like in the streets of Peoria

I can still recall Police Spokesman, Doug Burgess saying confidently on the news if you are not doing anything wrong, or hanging with the wrong people, you don't have anything to worry about.











8-year old fatally shot

An 8-year old boy is shot and killed as shots are fired at a Peoria house. Police say it happened just after 4:30 Thursday morning in the 1000 of East Behrends. Peoria police spokesman, Officer Doug Burgess, says the child was alseep in bed when the shots were fired during a drive-by shooting.

Burgess says officers are investigating whether this incident is linked to a couple of other incidents of shots fired in the 600 block of East Wilcox and the 1300 block of North North. No one was shot in those incidents.

There were several more reports of shots fired overnight starting at around 12:45 Thursday morning. Those were in the 1300 block of West Wilcox, 1400 block of West Gift and the 1800 block of North Missouri. Source

33 comments:

erin said...

So horrible. I can't imagine finding my child shot dead in bed, from a stray bullet no less. That family will be in my prayers.

I know there have been a lot more fights at the corner of Frye and Missouri. It seems like cops are always breaking them up. It happened twice yesterday.

Emerge Peoria said...

This child was in the bed with two other children when this occurred. Can you imagine how traumatized they will be?

WHERE ARE THE GUNS COMING FROM!

Anonymous said...

Want to know where the guns are coming from? Ask the people in the house where Albert was killed. Law abiding citizens DO NOT get their houses "shot up" for nothing. A child is dead because of the parents reckless lifestyle.

Dennis in Peoria said...

In the case of E. Behrends, it may be hard to find out who shot at the house with the 8-year old. Poor guy, I feel so sorry for his family.

I do hope someone knows, or might know who might have fired those these shots in these neighborhoods. Too often
we read about how people are uncooperative in telling police what they know.

The famous 'No Snitching' rule needs to be thrown out with the bathwater. No matter what you think of the police, if they don't have information, they can't catch the bad guys with the guns.

Street Justice is Street Stupidity.

Sharon Crews said...

I agree, Dennis. I know that it is hard for people who distrust police to entrust justice to the police, but I certainly don't know how we can begin to see an end to street violence if we don't all learn to trust each other--and to give others reason to trust us. I know that it is a tall order.

The alternative is more of the same.

Emerge Peoria said...

From what I hear on the scanner, police are getting information. People are calling the police. We should STOP assuming that people are not "snitching".

Jennifer said...

First off, that's so tragic. My heart is breaking for the family.

Second, ANONYMOUS, it's unfair and untrue to say that innocent people do not get their houses shot up. A friend of mine, a postal worker, responsible citizen, no drug or gang ties, who lived in a relatively nice neighborhood off of Main Street had her house hit with bullets. She was not the target (one person was chasing another and shooting) but it can and does happen.

Third, I hate the assumption that if you aren't doing anything wrong, you are safe. This assumes that all victims of crimes are also criminals, which is just not true.

Dennis in Peoria said...

Emerge, thanks for the tip, that is good to hear.

Maybe folks are finally getting
fed up.

Sharon Crews said...

Emerge, you're right; I was making that assumption but I truly do not have facts to back up that assumption. When an innocent child is killed, I believe all bets are off when it comes to people coming forward. I think everyone is apt to see the tragedy and is more willing to help.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer: you obviously do not know the area where this happened, or the continual problems with the people that live in that house. Please know the facts before proclaiming that this was a horrible accident. This was no accident, that much is CLEAR.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't an accident? They shot an 8 year old boy ON PURPOSE? Regardless of the 'continual problems with the people that live in that house', I'm fairly certain that the 8 year old was the victim...not a criminal.

Anonymous said...

The point is an 8 year old boy was killed by someone that obviously dont know how to use a gun!!!!!!!!! That poor child should not have to suffer because of someone elses reckless behavior! I pray that whoever did this to that baby rots in hellllllll and is tortured everyday until he feels the need to admit to his/hers wrong doing!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

He was shot because someone doesn't know how to shoot a gun? Um. Yeah. What Peoria needs is more gun safety classes. That'll help.

Anonymous said...

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE CHIEF OF POLICE. HE WAS JUST ON THE NEWS LOOKING DERANGED WITH HIS PUBILS DIALATED, NOT MAKING EYE CONTACT AND SOME KIND OF CRAZY RASH ON HIS FACE!

WHAT THE HELL!

wakl of shame said...

This makes me sick...I have a 5 year-old daughter and to think of something happening to her, or any other child, while sleeping in their own bed is disgusting.

I hope they catch whoever is doing this nonsense and give the maximum sentence with no plea bargains.

Something does need to be done about all of the guns, and quick!

Plain4kps said...

The dude don't have no balls. He so scared he can't even act. Looking at him all I can do is throw my hands up and say "Damn! We on our own with this shit".

Jennifer said...

Anon, I actually used to live in that area, at 1313 N North St, so I would say I do know the area. Additionally, regardless of these specific circumstances, you can't take them and generalize them to ALL gun crimes. That's faulty logic, at best, specious, at worst.

Plain4kps said...

Jennifer,I agree with you. I lived on North St. for ten years before moving.
You can no more label a person by where they live as you can by what they look like.
Regardless of the parents life style a child's life was taken in the madness.Every family with a problem individual is a innocent by stander when it comes to the streets. When it gets to where they are just shooting or retaliating at someone regardless of who may get hurt is a crime at a totally different level.
We all are being victimized by our so called justice system and the lack of protection, respect and honesty by which we have been given.
I would of thought that our Chief of Police would of pulled a task force together before coming on television and spoke to the people of Peoria in a way to calm down these fears and doubts that so many of them have about what is taking place in this town, looking into the camera he should of told any and everyone involved that this crap is not going to play here. Instead, he comes on and look like a deer in headlights. WOw! I don't know about anyone else but I surely feel comfy now (not).

Lancer said...

Emerge I'll tell you where the guns are coming from, they're stolen. Two guns on the street came from me. I foolishly left my house one day to go to work, how selfish of me! While making an honest wage to pay my bills some thug busted down my back door in the middle of the day and stole two pistols from my bedroom. Now my guns are in the hands of criminals. What was meant for the protection of my home is now on the street. Every time I hear of a fatal shooting I hope and pray it isn't from one of my stolen guns.

Emerge Peoria said...

Dang Lancer, sorry to hear abuot that. I can imagine how that would weigh heavy on your mind.

I'm just curious - what else did they take? Did they take your big screen tv? Serious question. Thanks.

Lancer said...

No, they left the t.v. Two guns, a camera, an unopened bottle of Jim Beam (seriously!) and the largest kitchen knife I had. There was a little ransacking, but I think after the weapons were located...they split. I figured it was stuff they could swap easily for drugs. A lot of the monetary damages was the breaking in the house. Lots of repairs.

Emerge Peoria said...

Never thought I was the makeshift memorial type, but little one had some bears she wanted to drop off for Little Al. What can you say...

Plain4kps said...

To bad they don't have places for the kids to meet at when schools out. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of little people out there who are scared and confused by what is going on.How do you explain this kind of crazy madness to a child?

Anonymous said...

the chief is ill lay off

Plain4kps said...

I don't give a damn how ill the chief is. He has a job to do and he need to get up off his ass and do it.
"The chief ill". What a joke, the town is ill too.

Sharon Crews said...

I'm curious as to this particular situation--just what should the police chief do that he is not doing? Do we even know what he is doing? Just because it is reported in the press, doesn't mean nothing is going on.

According to spots by Carl Cannon and Ardis, few people are coming forward with info. Of course, when crimes are committed at times when most people are sleeping, it is difficult to find witnesses. If (big if because I don't know) this family was the intended target, the family members themselves are probably the main ones with information. And we don't know--maybe they are already giving info to the police.

Sharon Crews said...

I meant "just because it is NOT reported in the press."

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Plain4kps said...

This particular situation? Being what? Just one of many shooting crimes that has been going on since he came to town and have gotten worse. Of course they going to tell you what they think that you want to hear and maybe, just maybe, they're trying to knock heads and find out whats going on, finally. At that time of night everybody and their momma is up and out in that area.
As far as what he should be doing, how about his job which he obviously not doing or crime would not be as bad as it is. How about making a louder presence out in the street. Hell, I don't know no more than you what he should do to put a end to it and I was not insinuating that I do. What I do know is, it is not enough because crime has reached a new high here. I'm curious to Ms Crews

Sharon Crews said...

I guess to be consistent I will have to blame the police for crime in the streets since I regularly blame District 150 administrators for crime and/or bad behavior in the schools. Mostly I object to administrators who blame teachers for not offering incentives that will change student behavior.

However, the truth of the matter is that police, administrators, teachers really cannot solve the problems of changing behavior.

The best that police can do is to arrest--the court system has to administer the consequences.

As far as changing behavior is concerned, I think we will have to go deeper than that. And as much as I hate to say it, if parents aren't going to raise their children to control their tempers, etc., the job is not going to be done.

Actually, standards of behavior, in my opinion, need the guidance of church, etc. Without some kind of inner standard by which people can control themselves there will be no improvement in schools or on the streets.

External controls on behavior just cannot do the job of internal control. Whatever builds inner control is the only solution. Yes, positive reinforcement of good behavior at school or anywhere is good--but the consequences have to be part of the process. Anyone who has reared children not that there has to be a system of consistent consequences.

Plain4kps said...

I hear you and I agree to a lot of what you are stating. What I do not agree with is you can not fault every parent because of their child's misbehavior. I know a few really great people who child has gone astray and it is not a day that goes by that they do not try to help them back. There has to be something or somebody working together, as you stated, the Mayor, police, teachers, pastors, as well as the citizens. It is everyone in this cities responsibility to make Peoria a better place to live yet no one wants to take on responsibilities. How can things get any better. If you are suppose to be a leader is it not your job to lead or find someone to compliment you to help get it done. If you are a leader than lead and if not step your ass aside because believe me there is people that may be just as qualified who will not have a problem doing so.
Why is it when things get their worse is when everyone start falling apart rather than work together and knocking the problem out. I know from living here all my life that Peoria is better than this and we have always stuck together when we were faced with adversity. I hope that everyone wake up soon and nip these jokers in the bud before any more innocent bystanders get hurt.

Sharon Crews said...

Yes, I do agree. I don't have any desire to blame parents for the results of good parenting. There are kids from all kinds of families (rich, poor, white, black, the gamut) who, for all kinds of reasons, react negatively to their upbringing. All parents can do is set the standard.

Anonymous said...

I really question what caused this "drive by" shooting. Why was this child living with his mother in the first place. She has issues bigtime.