Chicago’s violent reputation thrust back into national spotlight

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Photo caption: One of two people shot Tuesday in the 5500 block of West Chicago Avenue. Defender/Worsom Robinson

Millions of viewers watched two singers from Chicago –– Brandon Mahone and Terisa Griffin –– go through a blind audition on NBC’s “The Voice.”

But before either could belt out a tune, Brandon Mahone and his mother told the world why they recently moved from Chicago to Indianapolis.

The violence.

To get away from growing violent environment at his high school, his mother moved the family to Indianapolis, the 17-year-old said Monday evening on national television.

Less than 24 hours, around 4 p.m., two people were shot in the 5500 block of West Chicago Avenue. One person is recovering at Stroger Hospital and the other at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Earlier Tuesday four people were shot, two fatally, in a driveby on the Far South Side in the 400 block of West 120th Street. Jermaine Carter, 38, and Quiltavia Patterson, 25, were killed in the shooting. No arrests have been made.

Relatives said Patterson recently moved away from the city but returned home for a visit with her twins to visit family.

On Saturday in the Gresham neighborhood bright blue lights lit up a stretch of 87th Street from Vincennes to Morgan. A man in his 20s was gunned down in the 100 block of West 87th Street. The man sustained multiple gunshot wounds, including one in the face, police said. He was pronounced on the scene.

What will it take for the violence to simmer down and eventually cease?

The answers remain the same, according those in the community.

Men need to be more visible on the street. Chicago police must do a better job controlling the gangs. Better firearm laws to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.

“We need more men on the streets and in the homes being fathers to those who need it most,” said Allen Weston.

Stricter gun laws is more critical than ever, said Felicia Marshall.

“I’m with Rev. (Michael) Pfleger on this one. We’ve got to find a way to stop the easy trafficking of these guns. It seems like it’s easier to get a gun than a loaf of bread,” said Marshall.

Venita Archer said the gangs have taken over and it’ll be a “cold day in hell” before they bow down.

“They (gangs) run it. They know it and the police know it. The police will need to hire at least a thousand more officers to try to match up to these gangs,” she said.

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