Chicago police warns officers of possible retaliation for killing of rapper FBG Duck on Gold Coast
The rapper, whose name was Carlton Weekly, was shot Tuesday on Oak Street. Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot seeking the public’s help to catch the shooters, said: ‘Give no shelter to killers.’
The Chicago Police Department is warning officers to watch out for potential retaliation for the fatal shooting of rapper FBG Duck in the Gold Coast.
The slain 26-year-old rapper, whose name is Carlton Weekly, was on social media antagonizing rival gang members before he was killed Tuesday afternoon, according to an officer safety alert issued late Tuesday.
His video, which made “derogatory statements toward deceased members of the Black Disciples,” is a possible motive for his fatal shooting in the heart of the luxury shopping district on Oak Street, police said.
The alert warned of a “high probability of retaliatory gang violence” in the Wentworth, Grand Crossing and Englewood police districts on the South Side because of Weekly’s killing.
Police said Weekly was associated with a faction of the Gangster Disciples street gang called Jaro City, which is based near 62nd Street and Vernon Avenue in West Woodlawn. But on social media, Weekly identified himself as a member of a Gangster Disciples faction called STL/EBT, which is in the same area and mostly friendly with Jaro City.
There’s a “high threat level” in an ongoing conflict between those Gangster Disciples and the O Block faction of the Black Disciples that operates in the Parkway Gardens apartments near 63rd Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the alert said.
Odee Perry, a member of a Black Disciples faction in Parkway Gardens, was shot to death in 2011, and the faction was dubbed O Block in his honor. Perry’s killing sparked a series of retaliatory shootings — including the 2014 murder of Gakirah Barnes, who police say was a female gang assassin for a Gangster Disciples faction in the neighborhood.
To this day, the conflict is a central theme in rappers’ music on the South Side.
Weekly also was affiliated with the Fly Boy Gang, a group of rappers. The FBG in Weekly’s rapper name comes from Fly Boy Gang. As the rapper FBG Duck, Weekly’s single “Slide” got more than 53 million views on YouTube.
According to a Chicago Sun-Times story in 2017, his brother Jermaine Robinson was a rapper who went by FBG Brick. He and a friend, Stanley Mack, were shot to death in Woodlawn in July 2017.
“As FBG Brick, Robinson performed under the tutelage of his younger brother, FBG Duck, a member of the controversial Fly Boy Gang or FBG. That group, known for its high-profile feuds with Chief Keef and Edai, released a number of songs dissing the rival rappers,” the story said.
On Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she understands Weekly was “an individual who fancies himself as a rapper but also is a member of a gang.”
“What we’re seeing is a manifestation of a larger problem, which is that way too many young men — particularly young men of color — have access to guns and are willing to use those guns to settle petty grievances,” she said.
The number of murders in Chicago this year was up more than 50% through July compared with the same period of 2019.
“We must step up and do the right thing,” Lightfoot said, calling for the public to provide the police with information about the shooters. “People who are involved in these shootings are not strangers. They are known in the community, on the block.”
“Give no shelter to killers,” she said.
Weekly was shot dead and two others were wounded in the targeted attack at 4:37 p.m. in the first block of East Oak Street. Shoppers were on the sidewalk when a pair of vehicles pulled up and two gunmen got out and opened fire. Weekly was hit multiple times and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The gunmen fled west on Oak Street in a black Taurus and a silver-colored Chrysler 300, police said.