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Two Wounded in South Side Shooting

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A man and a 12-year-old girl were shot in mid-September on Chicago’s South Side, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Both were wounded only in the leg, which makes both of them lucky as the victims of a drive-by shooting. According to the Sun-Times, the “girl was taken to University of Chicago Corner Children’s Hospital, while the man, 28, was taken to Stroger Hospital.” No further details are currently available, but police told the Sun-Times that detectives were investigating the case.

According to the Violence Policy Center, Illinois is one of the leading states for annual number of drive-by shootings. While this particular case has not yet been linked to streetgang violence, it most likely involves gang members. Gang violence remains high in the Chicago area. Of the total 549 nationwide drive-by shootings that occurred from July 2006 to December of that same year, Illinois had 24. Only Texas (56), Florida (57), and California (115) had higher numbers.

In July of this year, outrage over the number of homicides and shooting occurrences such as the one that wounded this 12-year-old, spilled over in Chicago’s South Side. According to the Huffington Post, there are more homicides in Chicago’s South Side than U.S. troop killings in Afghanistan. The UK Telegraph reported that marches were organized in protest of these shootings, but community activism seems to have done little for the violence that plagues the streets of Chicago. And they are streets: according to the Telegraph, shooters are no longer competing for regional territory. “Territory” can change street to street.

Being accused of a crime such as one of the many shootings in Chicago (259 in the first six months of this year alone) is a charge that will affect you forever. Don’t let it ruin your life. Contact a dedicated Cook County criminal attorney today.

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