In 2014 more than 2,500 people were shot in Chicago, with police reporting 432 homicides. On average only one-quarter of the murders in the city are eventually solved. A person peeks out the window at the scene where a 22-year-old man was shot in the 7200 block of South Perry Avenue in Chicago on Saturday April 19, 2014.
"The kid who said he was his brother was picking up cash while I'm holding his brothers hand while he's lying in a puddle of water" said Vincent David Johnson. Two teen boys were shot in front of the house where Johnson lives, one fatally. Johnson said he was about to go to bed when he heard what he thought was a tree branch cracking in the thunderstorm, but were actually gunshots. Johnson said he went outside to see two boys shot, one lying in the street unable to speak, gasping on the pavement. Johnson said he then called 911, and held the boys hand before he died. The boy was Michael Patton, 17, and died there in the street, and the other was a 15-year-old and was taken to the hospital. Patton had recently graduated from Bolingbrook High School. June 30, 2014.
Two men were shot in a drive-by in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood on June 14, 2014. "I just want to go home" said the woman stuck inside the gated area in the front of the building. Police wouldn't allow her to walk through the crime scene, and the back door of the building was locked. "Where's the gun?" police asked the man in the window, who then told police he didn't see what happened. "Aren't you supposed to protect and serve?" the man in the window asked police when they said they wouldn't help the woman over the gate. "We'd get fucked if we tried to help her over and she got hurt" police said. The men who were shot, ages 20 and 22, were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition.
A young girl was walking home before coming across a crime scene where two people were shot at West 59th Street & South Morgan Street in Chicago on May 5, 2014.
Children on the scene said they were waiting along with 51-year-old ordained preacher Charles D. Short to buy ice cream from an ice cream truck when he was shot in the head and killed. One other man was shot and wounded as well in the 4200 block of South Princeton Avenue on May 30, 2014.
The brother of a 17-year-old who was shot and wounded reacts outside of Rainbow PUSH headquarters in Chicago. The Rev. Jesse Jackson ran outside the headquarters to see the youth on the ground, according to a local television station. Jackson later counseled friends and family members of the victim and drove them to the hospital on June 27, 2014.
82 people were shot, 16 fatally, over the course of 84 hours in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. A woman was detained by police after arguing with another woman nearby where a man was shot in the leg near 87th and Morgan on Saturday, July 6, 2014. "This gang warfare has been going all weekend, you see how all the girls came down here? It's because the guys can't come out so they have them do the reconnaissance." said a cop in the 8700 block of S. Morgan where a man was shot. Shortly after the weekend the Chicago Police Department reported that homicides were down to the lowest rate since 1963.
Brandon Peterson, 17, was shot and killed in Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood while standing with a group of friends on the street in front of his home police said. His mother and brother, Alicia Jefferson and Lamont Peterson inside their home where he lived during an interview with the Chicago Sun-TImes. Monday, June 16, 2014.
Police make arrests at the intersection of S. Drexel Blvd. and E. Oakwood Blvd. on Tuesday evening after four people were shot earlier a few blocks away in the 3700 block of South Langley Avenue in Chicago on June 17, 2014.
In 2013 Chicago Public Schools closed over 49 elementary schools and students were forced to cross gang lines on "Safe Passage" routes on the way to their new schools, including this family in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's west side.
"I wouldn't walk away from this shit if they fired me." Commander Glenn Evans said while he searched with police for shell casings nearby where 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was shot in the head and killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover that hit her inside a friends house the night before.
Friends and family of Carnesha Fort came to pay respect her funeral on June 16, 2014. Fort was shot and killed in Chicago's West Garfield Park on Friday, June 6th. She was 22.
Ericka Baker, 36, with her daughter Nashaunti Baker, 11, who was a friend of Shamiya Adams, a 11-year-old girl who was shot while at a sleepover at a friends house. The girls were getting ready to make s'mores before a bullet hit Adams in the head, she was pronounced dead the following morning.
Hundreds of mourners gathered on July 26, 2014 at Forest Park church outside of Chicago to say goodbye to 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, a 11-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet while at a friends sleepover just over one week before on Chicago's West Side.