A black man in Chicago was brutally gunned down while his cell phone recorded a video of the scene on Friday.
The 31-year-old man was taking part in live-streaming on Facebook around 4:45 p.m., while standing outside a store at 55th and Hoyne in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood, when the shooting occurred. As the man fell down, the assailant came to stand over him and continued firing shots.
After the culprit walked away, a man’s voice can be heard in the background, calling for a hospital. A little while later, a woman can be heard screaming “No, no, no, I can’t believe it!” repeatedly.
The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition and he is fighting for his life. The police said the suspected shooter is a documented gang member whose whereabouts are under investigation.
The shooting is the latest incident in a string of violence that has plagued Chicago since the start of the year. Although the city's gun violence and high crime rate is nothing new, Chicago has witnessed enough violence in the first quarter that it could surpass 500 homicides this year — something that has not happened since 2008.
As of Wednesday, the total number of homicides, in just three months, was 135, a 79% increase compared to 2015.
Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson claimed at press conference that police know who is committing these crimes and said, "It’s a small segment of the population.” Johnson was making reference to the numerous gang conflicts in the city as well as easily accessible guns.
The city was nicknamed “Chiraq” after it was revealed the murder rate in the city in 2012 was higher than the death tolls of soldiers in Iraq during the same period.
The numbers shown are quite grim, but the police department found hope in the fact that for most of March, the increase in homicides is a "modest" 25% from the same period in 2015.
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