Races: Ambushes in Chicago

On the side of Chicago's once elegant and fashionable Southmoor Hotel, the crudely lettered sign keeps reappearing, no matter how often it is removed or painted over. GATE OF THE BLACK P. STONE NATION,*signifying that the now bankrupt and boarded-up Southmoor is occupied by one of the city's most formidable black youth gangs.

Riding through a dark alley behind the Southmoor in an unmarked police car last week, three detectives of Chicago's Gang Intelligence Unit found debris blocking the drive. As their car slowed, at least six rapid shots broke the silence. "I'm hit," cried Detective James A. Alfano Jr., 30,...

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