3 Teenagers, 9 Others Wounded After Shootings Transpired In Chicago On New Year's Day
Gun violence was rampant in Chicago even after the New Year celebrations. The reason? A total of 12 people, three of them were teenage boys, were recorded to be injured after shootings took place at noontime of New Year's Day. The record was until Monday morning and was based on reports in Chicago only.
Chicago Tribune reported that for the first six hours of Jan. 1, three people have died and 16 were injured. This was not part of the latest recording regarding the 12 people injured from shooting.
For the details of the 12 shootings at noon of Jan. 1, reports said one man was critically wounded and two others were injured during a drive-by shooting at around 10:55 p.m. on Sunday. The crime scene was in the first block of South Leamington Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood. All of the victims were on the street when the drive-by shooting took place.
As for the other shootings, a 26-year-old man was shot multiple times. He's listed under critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital. Another man, 31 years old, was grazed in the head and a 19-year-old man was shot in the buttocks and his right arm. Both of them were taken to Stroger Hospital.
Other shootings took place at Gage Park Neighborhood. Two people were shot at around 1:40 in the morning on Monday. A 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were shot while they were inside their car and were on their way to 2500 block of West 55ft Street.
According to the reports, a white Nissan Murano pulled up beside them and then someone from the backseat began shooting. The man suffered an injury at the right hand while the woman was grazed in her right shoulder. Another teenager was shot in the right leg while walking at the 5300 block of South Fairfield Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood.
Another shooting took place at 4100 block of West 15th Street in the Lawndale neighborhood. The person shot was a 48-year-old woman. Both of her legs were shot as well as her buttocks. A 16-year-old was also shot while he was in a corner in the 3900 block of West Madison Street after a sedan drove by and a passenger inside the car shot him in the hand.
ABC News reported that in Chicago alone last year, there were 762 homicides recorded. Authorities believe that these homicides have gone out of control.
Authorities are saying that increased gang activities, increase in the availability of illegal guns, and the increase in the reluctance of police officers to engage in violent prevention policies are factors in the 762 recorded homicides in 2016. Over Christmas, there were 12 killings and it is believed that 90 percent of the victims were related to gangs.