A 12-year-old boy was one of six Chicagoans wounded in drive-by shootings and robberies in Chicago on Thursday, day four of a massive teacher walk out in the public schools system.
The boy was shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood while riding his bicycle. Police say a red two-door car opened fire on the boy near 50th and Peoria streets then fled the scene, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
Random gun violence has increased significantly in Chicago in 2012, resulting in the death and wounding of scores of victims. With a massive teachers strike in progress, about 350,000 young people are out of classrooms, many roaming the streets instead.
In an unrelated robbery to robbery, a 30-year-old woman was shot in the hip near Agusta Blvd. along Damen Ave. The woman was transported to John H. Stroger Hospital where she is listed critical. Police recovered two shell casings and a fire engine was called to hose down blood at the scene.
Only moments later, a man was shot in the face during a robbery in the 21200 block of West Thomas Street about 1:30 a.m. Police say the victim was approached from behind by a man who demanded he give up his backpack. The victim’s condition is unknown, and police believe there is a connection between the two robberies.
Around 8:30 p.m. in the same neighborhood a man was shot in the back while standing at the corner of 48th Street and Winchester Avenue. The 22-year-old “had no idea” why he was shot, only that he heard shots and felt the pain. He is listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
A 20-year-old man was shot as he tried to run away from a group of males chasing him in the 3600 block of West Ohio Street. It’s not clear why they were chasing him, but the 20-year-old heard the gunfire and was struck multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital.
At about 8:30 p.m., a 20-year-old male was gunned down as he fled his attackers. He reported hearing shots fired and was struck multiple times. His condition is not known.
Though details were sketchy, police say another shooting victim in his 30s walked into John H. Stroger Jr., Hospital of Cook County with a gunshot wound to the leg at about 11:50 p.m. to cap another night of gun violence in Chicago.