Chicago: Man kills family - says ‘Allah’ told him to
Posted on April 15, 2010 by creeping
Police say he was unrepentant and wished he had more bullets. Piecing this together from various reports. Updates to follow. h/t @AkhilRana
Keleasha Larry, 3, is one of four people who were shot to death early Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at a Marquette neighborhood residence in the the 7200 block of South Mozart Street on the Southwest Side of Chicago, authorities said.
via Man kills five, says ‘Allah’ had told him to do it.
In a bizarre case termed “horrendous” by Chicago police, a 32-year old man was arrested after he shot dead his wife, three children and an adult claiming “Allah” had told him to do it.
Three children and an adult were killed in the incident, while two more have been injured.
Police have taken a 32-year old man, believed to be from neighbouring Wisconsin, into custody but they did not revealed his identity.
According to sources quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times, the shooter told police “Allah” had told him to kill his family and that he felt “too bad I ran out of bullets”.
“It is really horrendous. Something like this is pretty incomprehensible,” Chicago Lawn District Police Commander John Kupczyk said.
The dead included a woman believed to be the pregnant wife of the shooter; 16-year-old Keyshai Fields, who was four months pregnant; a 3-year-old girl named Keleasha Larry; and a 7-month-old boy who was the shooter’s son, according to law enforcement officials.
More from WTAQ:
CHICAGO, Ill. – Relatives said a Madison man “snapped out” as he shot and killed his pregnant wife, their baby son, and 2 nieces in Chicago early Wednesday. 32-year-old James Larry was being questioned by police at last word. Relatives told the Wisconsin State Journal that Larry and members of his family were returning a nephew to Chicago after spring break when he got to his sister’s house and began shooting.
Other media reports said Larry heard voices ordering him to kill his family and bring them back to Allah. His 19-year-old Twanda Thompson died, along with their 7-month-old son Jihad, both of Madison. Thompson was expecting the couple’s second child in July. Also killed were Larry’s nieces, 16-year-old Keyshai Fields and 3-year-old Keleasha Larry.
A friend told the State Journal that Fields was 4 months’ pregnant. Larry’s mother, 57-year-old Leona Larry Burton, was critically injured and was fighting for her life at a Chicago hospital at last word. And his 13-year-old nephew Demond Larry was also critically injured. Larry’s sister Keshia was not at her southwest side Chicago home when the shootings occurred about 4:25 a.m. Wednesday. She said her 12-year-old daughter called her after she fled to a nearby gas station. The girl said Larry chased her down a street, and she was also shot-and-wounded.
The State Journal said Larry pleaded no contest last November to attacking Thompson at a department store parking lot. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, and was released in late February.
The suspect’s sister, Letisha Larry of Wisconsin, said that while her brother has no diagnosed mental illness, he recently started acting strangely. She claimed that while he was in jail he had become a Muslim, and had been saying Allah was telling him to kill people for the past week, sources told WBBM.
Court documents indicate the suspect has a criminal history involving drugs and theft, and was charged last September with disorderly conduct and battery after he allegedly attacked Thompson in a van in Madison, Wis.
The suspect’s 12-year-old niece managed to escape the massacre and run out of the house as her uncle shot at her from a distance. She notified the Chicago Police who arrived on the scene within minutes.
Police had soon apprehended a suspect, a Wisconsin man with a lengthy criminal record who was related to all those killed. Sources involved with the investigation said the man had converted to Islam several years ago while serving time in prison and had a dispute with his wife — one of the victims — because she would not adhere to his faith.
He told police that he needed to take his family back to Allah and out of this world of sinners, a source said. A police report quoted him as saying, “I wish I had more bullets. I wish I had more bullets.”
“I’m really just leaving everything in God’s hands,” said Keshia Larry as she left Advocate Christ Medical Center late Wednesday.