Increase in Chicago violence

Scott Olson

There has been increasing numbers of violence occurring in the state of Chicago. Three were killed and 10 were wounded Thursday, September 23, during a city-wide shooting, and among those 10 wounded were two teenagers. That night, around 12:30am, a 22-year-old man was shot to death in his car. He was sitting in the car until someone approached and opened fire, hitting him in the head and buttocks. His friends drove him to West Suburban Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The second person killed was a 29-year-old man who was shot just a few hours later. He was standing near the sidewalk in the 2200 block of South Kolin Avenue when he was approached by a man who pulled out a gun and fired. The 29-year-old was sent to Mt. Sinai Hospital, with a gunshot wound to the chest, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A person of interest has been taken into custody for questioning. The third was a man who was fatally shot Thursday night in West Englewood. The 44-year-old was found on the ground unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his torso at about 11:45pm in the 6500 block of South Wolcott Avenue. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Two out of three of the men have not been identified.

According to Eyewitness News Seven, The Bureau stated that from 2019 to 2020, the homicide rate in Chicago went up 50%. Chicago Police Superintendent, David Brown, talked about those numbers on Monday and what’s causing the rise in crime. The city’s top cop spoke at the City Club, putting much of the blame for Chicago’s gun violence on the illicit drug trade. He said, “gang fighting over turf is destroying lives and communities, killing innocent children, young people and adults.” So far this year, Chicago is reporting 597 homicides, which is about on pace like last year; however, a new policing strategy is providing some hope. The superintendent did note that the city’s holistic approach, which was piloted in 15 police beats this summer, resulted in a 23 percent drop in murders. He added that he would like to see that approach expand.

Many organizations were developed to help those who have been affected by the violence in their community like the Chicago Youth Programs, BUILD Chicago, and the Ceasefire. The Chicago Youth Program’s mission is to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth by using a complete approach aimed at building their capabilities. They do this by making a long-term investment for a long-term impact, meaning it begins as early as birth and carries on until age 25, where they expect their young adult to be able to establish a life-sustaining career. BUILD Chicago is a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention, and youth development organization based on Chicago’s west side. They work hard to save lives and monitor young people who live in the city’s most challenged neighborhoods. They have been organizing this since 1969. The last organization is the Ceasefire, which is a Chicago-based, anti-violence program that uses the public health approach to stopping violence by helping to change behavior, which independent studies have shown that shootings are down as much as 40 percent where the Ceasefire operates. There is a rise in violence in the state of Chicago and these organizations are just steps to making the city a better place to live.

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