Amid Chicago's ongoing epidemic of gun violence, innocent bystanders are increasingly being caught in the crossfire.
On Monday alone, 11 people were shot on the South and West sides in a mix of violence that included attempted robbery and the shooting of an off-duty Cook County corrections officer coming home from work, the Chicago Tribune reports.
During the evening rush, a woman was shot around 6 p.m. while waiting for the bus on a busy corner of the South Shore neighborhood, reports NBC Chicago. Four others were also injured in the shooting in the 7500 block of South Exchange Avenue. The nearby Villa at Windsor Park Nursing & Rehab Center locked its doors after the shooting. The Cheltenham Metra station also sits near the scene.
The off-duty corrections officer, a seven-year veteran and father of two sons, according to WLS, is recovering at Stroger Hospital after being shot in the jaw, back and shoulder.
The Monday spate of violence comes on the heels of a particularly vicious weekend in the city -- one that wounded 14-year-old Cerria McComb and at least 30 other people citywide. Seven people people were fatally shot over the weekend.
“Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, I’m shot,” McComb screamed into the phone after neighbor Kenyata Carter saw the girl and rushed out to help her call her mother, reports CBS Chicago.
"We haven’t even lived our life, and it’s teenagers that’s shooting other teenagers. It’s crazy," she told the station.
The Auburn-Gresham teen told her story to CBS, saying that she's now fearful of going outside after being shot while out and about visiting her friends. Shot several times near the intersection of 78th and South Carpenter, a bullet remains lodged an inch from the girls' artery.
Just Monday, Mayor Emanuel announced he would direct the approximately $1 million in leftover NATO funds to community groups, according to CBS. The effort is said to be part of the city's strategy to curb gang violence -- a strategy that the mayor and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has consistently defended.
Shootings in Chicago last month were up 49 percent over 2011, while shootings over the first 11 months are up 11 percent over last year, according to the Tribune. Homicides are up 21 percent in Chicago over last year.
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