Residents surrounded by gun violence living in fear - New York News

Residents surrounded by gun violence living in fear

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Residents in neighborhoods like Englewood live with the harsh reality of gun violence all around them.

More than 70 people were shot over the holiday weekend, and at least 16 died. A plague that has Chicago at the Tipping Point.

People living in these communities are living in fear every day. The gun violence impacts many on a daily basis. It’s not often talked about, but surely talked about.

FOX 32 News sought out to speak with people about the violence on Wednesday.

As we drove around the city of Chicago, we couldn't help but notice the people who are gathering at a memorial at 69th and Hamilton. Another shooting victim; red crime scene tape, unfortunately all too common in some parts of Chicago.

That victim was 19-year-old Jaynisha Schaffer. She was gunned down early Monday night while walking with friends.

A diary of messages was on the ground. The victim’s sister read some of the messages.

"Rest in peace best friend. I love you, I know you in a safe place, but I don't understand," she said.

Schaffer’s sister, Dominique tried to find comfort as she read the notes left for her sister.

The greatest concerns for many in the area, though, is the safety of their children.

"We've got to protect our kids. It's very dangerous out here," said Schaffer’s aunt, Sonia Wells.

Wells said some people are fearful of being outside because you never know what can happen.

"I feel like they need to bring in the National Guard, somebody to get this right. I mean, it's going to keep on happening if they don't," said Wells.

This family is not alone. Sixteen other people were killed in shootings over the Fourth of July weekend.

Schaffer’s family doesn’t understand why it’s happening and why the young illustrator had to be a victim, just days before her 20th birthday.

Many of the people we spoke with said they still love their communities. They add it’s frustrating to see the gang violence spill into innocent people’s homes as the senseless deaths continue.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Man convicted of murder in fatal sauce pan beating

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:48:41 GMT
    A man who claimed he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been found guilty of felony murder.
    A New Jersey man who said he was high on drugs and hearing voices when he fatally beat an elderly man with a sauce pan has been convicted of murder.
  • Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Several new animals on display at NYC zoos

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:02 GMT
    WCS photoWCS photo
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
    The Wildlife Conservation Society's zoos in New York City have debut some interesting new animals in their habitats in recent weeks. The flagship Bronx Zoo is now home to a herd of endangered Turkmenian flare-horned markhor, a species of mountain goat native to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Some river otter pups are getting to know their home in Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo has some new majestic American bison.
  • 2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    2 U.S. marshals, 1 NYPD detective wounded; fugitive killed in Manhattan

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:14:05 GMT
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
    One of the two deputy U.S. marshals shot in the West Village was released from the hospital on Tuesday. The marshals and an NYPD detective were seriously wounded in a shootout with fugitive sexual assault suspect Charles Richard Mozdir, officials said. The shootout happened in a smoke shop called Smoking Culture on West 4th Street near Jones Street. Mozdir was killed.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices