4th weekend brings more violence to Chicago - FOX 32 News Chicago

4th weekend brings more violence to Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

As of Saturday night, it had already been a violent weekend in Chicago with 27 people shot and 4 killed.

Doctors who work in emergency rooms and some residents say the violence is escalating.

“I'm very tired. I work hard, I have children. This is my mother's home. I moved back home to take care of her, to secure her and my brother and it's just amazing,” said LaShawnna Henderson.

A family member was sweeping shattered glass inside a home in a south side neighborhood while Fox 32’s Tisha Lewis interviewed Henderson.

She says she was sleeping when she was startled by a loud noise.

“I woke up to a shattered noise and it's always consistent gunshots around here you know it's two different areas and everyone seems to just be trying to gain independence by being so violent,” said Henderson, a Wrightwood-Ashburn resident.

Henderson says gunshots shattered the front window Saturday afternoon an hour before Fox 32 News arrived.

Chicago police are still investigating.

Henderson was not injured but many who were this Fourth of July weekend came to the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood – inside the trauma bay.

Staff at Loyola University Medical Center’s Emergency room says it’s one of seven level one trauma centers in the Chicago area.

“What I've seen an increase in is the type of guns that are being used. It's not simply a 32 or 9 mm. I'm seeing sometimes automatic rifles and automatic guns. The number of injuries actually have increased. Someone shot sometimes maybe three, four multiple times at once,” said Dr. DeAndre Williams, an emergency medicine physician at Loyola University Medical Center.

At least five gunshot victims were rushed to Loyola University Medical Center Friday night.

Dr. Williams says some cases were gang-related forcing the hospital to go on lockdown to prevent retaliation.

“We have guards stationed at our entrances exits,” said Williams.

There have been nearly three dozen people shot since Thursday including a police involved shooting in Portage Park.

“He's got a 44 magnum with an 8-10 inch barrel that he points at the police. At that point the officer decides his life is in danger, fires a shot and chases him down the alley, the individual is taken into custody, unfortunately he's DOA,” said Pat Camden, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman.

In many instances, the suspects and victims are getting younger.

“Dying too soon and too early for unnecessary reasons,” said Williams.

“Everyone has grandchildren on this block. It's very overwhelming for all the violence that's going on over here,” said Henderson.

Fox 32’s Tisha Lewis reports Loyola University Medical Center says since the increase in gunshot victims it’s forged relationships with community and church groups to help diffuse violent situations. Often times, gang members have family members in the area and a community or faith leader can be neutral and trusted allies.

 

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