Parolee charged in Hum­boldt Park triple shoot­ing that wounded 3

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - David Struett

A West Garfield Park man on pa­role for a gun of­fense is ac­cused of shoot­ing three peo­ple af­ter be­ing told to leave a Hum­boldt Park home.

Joseph John­son, 28, was es­corted out of the home Wed­nes­day af­ter a dis­pute but reen­tered shortly af­ter armed with a gun, Cook County pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day.

John­son con­fronted one of the men again and said, “Sorry, but I had to do this,” be­fore shoot­ing him in the hip, pros­e­cu­tors said.

A 73-year-old man heard the shot and en­tered the front room in the 1000 block of North St. Louis Av­enue, where John­son al­legedly shot him in the torso, pros­e­cu­tors said.

An­other man tack­led John­son, but the gun went off dur­ing the tus­sle, in­jur­ing the man, pros­e­cu­tors said. The man al­legedly dis­armed John­son and held him un­til po­lice ar­rived. The three men are all ex­pected to re­cover. John­son’s at­tor­ney says his life was threat­ened and he was act­ing in self-de­fense.

RICHMOND, Va. — Jerry Fal­well Jr. has agreed to take an in­def­i­nite leave of ab­sence from his role as pres­i­dent and chan­cel­lor of Lib­erty Univer­sity, the school an­nounced Fri­day.

The pri­vate evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian univer­sity gave no rea­son for the de­par­ture in its one­sen­tence state­ment. But the an­nounce­ment came af­ter Fal­well apol­o­gized ear­lier in the week for a photo he posted on so­cial me­dia that showed him with his pants un­zipped, stom­ach ex­posed and his arm around a young woman in a sim­i­lar pose. The photo drew crit­i­cism, in­clud­ing from con­ser­va­tives who said it was dis­taste­ful.

The state­ment said the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of Lib­erty’s board of trus­tees, act­ing on be­half of the full board, met Fri­day and re­quested that Fal­well take leave, “to which he has agreed, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.”

An early sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Fal­well has served since 2007 as pres­i­dent of the univer­sity in Lynch­burg founded by his fa­ther, the late Rev. Jerry Fal­well.

In an in­ter­view this week with ra­dio sta­tion WLNI, Fal­well said the woman in the photo was his wife’s as­sis­tant and that the since-deleted pic­ture had been taken dur­ing a “cos­tume party” while on va­ca­tion.

He said the woman — who also had her shorts un­zipped in the photo and midriff ex­posed — was preg­nant, couldn’t get her pants zipped and he im­i­tated her, say­ing it was all in “good fun.”

“I’ve apol­o­gized to ev­ery­body, and I’ve promised my kids . . . I’m go­ing to try to be a good boy from here on out,” he said in the in­ter­view.

Jerry Fal­well Jr.

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