South Shore Residents Hold Anti-Violence Rally In Wake Of Shooting
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Residents of the South Shore neighborhood took to the streets Tuesday, one night after a shooting at a laundromat wounded six people.
Monday night Chicago police descended on 79th & Saginaw in force, blocking that area after gunfire wounded six people.
CBS 2′s Pamela Jones reports that on Tuesday night, a legion of officers shut down traffic in the same South Shore area for residents pushing to silence the violence there.
One neighbor hurled heated words, afraid her 17-year-old son could someday become a victim.
“He cannot walk down the street because police or these gang bangers gonna beat his [expletive],” said Kimberly Durr.
“We’ve gotta stop blaming people. It’s on us. It’s on us. We gotta cut it out,” said Rev. Andre McLarin, the pastor at St. Luke Baptist Church.
Residents heard all six victims from Monday night’s shooting are recovering.
Earlier Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the incident appears to bear the marks of gang activity.
“The preliminary indication is that this looks like some sort of gang violence, whether or it is retaliation or not we are not positive at this point,” said McCarthy.
The alderman of the 7th Ward values Operation Wake Up as a chance to connect with more residents, but says she’s tired of violence being them together.
“You have knuckleheads who get access to illegal guns and then you have an act of violence like you did yesterday. A random act of violence that does not perpetuate the real image that this community has,” said Alderman Natashia Holmes.
Holmes would like a national gun registry to keep track of guns that are purchased in other states and brought to Chicago.