At 6:00 this evening I observed about a half-a-dozen older teens wearing bright red "Salemtown Bloods" colors hanging out in front of the Morgan Park Community Center with younger teens. Some of the older ones were driving cars. It's been a long time since I've seen that many teens in gang colors at Morgan Park. Uniformed police officers eventually showed up and the older teens almost immediately disbanded and either left in cars or looked inconspicuous.
The Salemtown Neighors e-list reported that after police left the gang-colored teens seemed to recongregate. The police came back and have been in and around for the last 2 hours. I asked one of them what was going on and he told me that teenagers were holding a candlelight vigil for teenager Demetrice Jones, who was shot by another teenager, Jacdouglas Deon Buford last Saturday night in the Osage-North Fisk Neighborhood. Police have obtained a criminal homicide warrant for Buford from the Juvenile Court.
Anyone who spots Buford (photo at right) should contact police at 862-8600. There is no known motive for the shooting, but with the amount of bright red I'm seeing young teenage males wear tonight at Morgan Park, I'm concerned that the shooting might have been gang related and we may see a cycle of gang tagging start up again in Salemtown. With respect to gang activity it's been quiet around this neighborhood for some time.