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article imageChicago: Another night, more drive-by shootings

By Larry Clifton     Sep 25, 2012 in Crime
Chicago - Drive-by shootings are a daily occurrence now in the windy city, and police are working overtime just to keep them from escalating more.
Last night, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the crack of gunfire split the quiet night air again in Far South Side.
A man and woman were shot dead and two other people were wounded in the West Pullman neighborhood during the latest drive-by shooting, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
The shooter opened up from inside what was described as a “dark-colored Chrysler” around 2:35 a.m. in the 400 block of West 120th Street, according to Officer Ronald Gaines, a Chicago police spokesman.
Quiltavia Patterson, 25, who according to the Tribune “aspired to be a rapper,” was gunned down and pronounced dead at the scene. Patterson had 3-year-old twins.
A second victim, Jermaine Carter, 38, of 429 W. 120th St., was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died.
"Before she was anything, she was a good person," Patterson's sister, Shantavia King, said. "She had twins, a boy and a girl. She was getting her life the way it's supposed to be. Now she's just gone."
Patterson had attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana "to better her life, to better herself, for her kids," she said.
"Chicago is getting reckless, it's horrible," King said, sobbing. "Whoever did this, they need to be brought to justice because she was a good person, a good mother, a good sister, my best friend. It is just ridiculous, she was my best friend."
Carter's wife, Valerie Simms-Carter, said she had gone to bed for the night but had not fallen asleep yet when gunfire erupted outside.
"I was actually in bed going to asleep," she said. "I wasn't asleep because I can't sleep unless I know everybody in my household is in. And when I heard the gunshots, I ran out in the hallway and saw someone lying on the ground."
"It was just. . . I started crying, he was such a nice guy. He was the type of person to give the shirt off his back to somebody," said Carter. It was not clear why the victim was outside at 2:30 a.m. Carter was in the Tatoo business, according to the Tribune.
Another unidentified man and a 22-year-old woman who were shot are listed in serious condition and another woman was rushed to the hospital for unidentified reasons, according to the report.
Less than a mile away, yet another man was wounded in a drive-by shooting, but his condition was not available.
Chicago police statistics indicate the West Pullman community is only the “9th most violent in the city,” according to the Tribune.
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