The south and west sides of Chicago were hit with a rash of shootings Thursday night, with 19 people hit and 13 wounded in seven separate incidents, including eight in one 30-minute period.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the eight people, many of them teenagers, were shot at 79th and Essex around 9:30 p.m. Tribune reporter Peter Nickeas said the shootings were all drive-bys, with the one at Essex definitely being gang-related; many of the victims were gang members.
Though non-fatal, the attacks underscore a recent study pointing to an increase in shootings in Chicago this year, including a 38 percent rise in homicides, with most of the violence happening on the South and West side of the city.
“We’ve got a gang issue, specific to parts of the city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told The New York Times after the study was released in June. “And we have a responsibility to bring a quality of life to those residents, and we are going to do it.”