CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has teamed up with some Chicago DJs and radio personalities to kick off a citywide violence prevention initiative called “Put The Guns Down.”
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports the mayor was on The Matt McGill Morning Show on WVON for a talk with one of the top urban talk radio voices. They actually started their conversation two weeks ago, and said with summer fast approaching, it was a good time to reach out and encourage Chicago residents to make good decisions.READ MORE: Chaos In The Loop Leads To Shooting, Beatings; 21 Young People Arrested
Already in the last month, Chicago has seen a rash of shootings. Just since Thursday afternoon, at least 15 people have been shot in Chicago, the victims ranging in age from 16 to 56. Some victims told police they were just sitting on their porch or inside their homes when they got shot. It appears most of the shootings were drive-bys.
McGill said Chicago needs to break its cycle of violence.