In Chicago, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 15 men were shot in less than 12 hours. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 14, there has been one person shot in Chicago every three hours. In those 14 days, 110 people were shot. Last year at this same time there were only 37 shootings. Shootings are up 200 percent in 2016.
The shootings were on the Northwest Side, the Far South Side, and six neighborhoods in between. The men shot ranged in age from 16 to 56 and there are several in critical condition.
There have been so many shootings in Chicago this month that the Chicago Tribune reported that today’s shootings “came after no one was reported shot in the city through most of the day Sunday into early Monday.” Not even 12 hours had passed before more people were killed and in the next 11 hours, 15 men were shot.
At 8:25 p.m. CST, on the 10600 block of South Sangamon Avenue, police responded to a call that shots had been fired. When they arrived a man had been shot in the back while driving, then crashed his car. According to police, he died at Roseland Hospital.
In the 8900 block of South Throop Street at 7:50 p.m. a man was shot and at last report he was being treated at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. There are no further details on this incident or victim.
Two people were shot on the Safe Passage were near Damen Avenue and Marquette Road. The incident occurred at 9:20 a.m., according to police. An 18-year-old was sent to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The teenager was shot in the face and was said to be in serious condition. The second man, a 20-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital with a bullet in the abdomen, this victim died from his wounds. According to police, someone walked up to the two and opened fire.
The purpose of Safe Passage routes helps the students who attend Chicago’s public schools get safely to and from school. O’Toole Elementary School and Harper High School use these Safe Passages.
Police reported that two teenagers were shot in the 3000 block of S. Kedvale at 5 p.m. in the Little Village area. The 19-year-old died on the scene. The 16-year-old was shot in the back. However, this victim is in stable condition Mount Sinai Hospital. Police believe the 19-year-old is affiliated with an area gang and the incident was due to gang violence. The shooter was on foot and fled the scene. No one has been arrested.
Two hours after the 19-year-old was shot and killed, his body was still lying where he died. He was partially covered with a sheet outside a firehouse on Kedvale Avenue. Several family members arrived on the scene after his sneakers were recognized by Valerie Lazo, 36, who lives a block away and saw the police activity.
The victim’s sister was audibly and visibly devastated by the sight of her brother’s body on the ground. Across the street were six men in hoodies who she angrily addressed, “I hate all of you! I hate this place!”
Lazo said she walked by the scene because she was afraid it may be someone she knew. She told reporters the area was run by gangs, but recently innocent people have been shot just for being seen with them. The Two-Six and the Latin Kings gangs are making a substantial contribution to the deaths in the area. There have been gang signs put on mailboxes, store front windows and carved into sidewalks.
According to Lazo who served eight years in the Marines and did a tour in Iraq. She said Chicago is worse than Iraq and the violence is disturbing.
There was a shooting in the 1000 block of East 100th Place at 4:40 p.m. The man was 39 years old and found dead. He died from a bullet to the abdomen. Police believe this shooting was drug-related.
Earlier, at 3:20 p.m. three people riding in the car were shot at by someone walking on the street. Police reported this shooting was near 95th Street and Salle Street. The victim, 26 years old, was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center, he was then transferred to Stroger Hospital. He had been shot in the head. The last report said he was in serious condition.
Two males were wounded by someone shooting on the Northwest Side. They drove themselves to Community First Medical Center. The two had been shot at Diversey and Long Avenues at 2 p.m.
At the 10600 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, at 2:45 p.m., a 22-year-old man had been shot in the foot and drove himself to Roseland Hospital.
There are more shootings, four of them are from today and, at least, one more that has not reached the headlines yet. In less than 12 hours a minimum of 15 men were shot in Chicago. Overall, A MINIMUM of 228 people were shot this month in Chicago. 38 of them are no longer with their loved ones.
By Jeanette Smith
Edited by Cathy Milne
CBS EVENING NEWS: Chicago shootings up nearly 200 percent in 2016
Gun Violence Archive: 2016 Shooting (Jan 1-25)
Chicago Tribune: After daylong lull, 4 killed and 11 wounded in shootings in Chicago
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