Though Chicago didn’t make last year’s list of the nation’s top 100 most dangerous cities, folks don’t call it “Chiraq” for no reason. The city is home to countless gangs and gang subsets, and any given weekend, The Chi may grab headlines for an abundance of gun violence victims.
Late yesterday (Thursday, March 31) afternoon, the gruesome reality that too many Chicagoans are subject to every day was caught on camera, as a young man filmed himself live on Facebook. The man was standing in front of Scott’s Convenience Store at the corner of 56th & Hoyne, in the West Englewood neighborhood. As a Migos track plays in the background, the smiling man says, “On chief, they heard I was up here, so they had to open the store up for the kid, jo. You know what I’m sayin’? I can’t be up here without the store bein’ open. I need somewhere to duck and hide for cover.”
Almost cryptically, within minutes of him saying he needs the store to be open for his own safety, a dark colored car bends the corner and shots ring out. Locals might say he was caught “lackin’,” (or being lackadaisical). The man filming drops his phone, and another man is seen hovering over the screen and continues dumping his clip.
After silence, people can be heard saying, “Come on, lord!” (an indication that he was a member of the Vice Lords). Another female voice wails, “Oh my God, no!”
According to the police, the man was shot in the face and groin. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reports.
One of the comments posted on Youtube reads, “Moral of the story: If you’re going to brag about being in the streets at least carry a god damn weapon.” Another reads, “What have our people come to? So sad! Killing each other is senseless.”
Sadly, the cycle of violence, grief and trauma will probably continue after this, on the streets.
View the video below (WARNING: it is graphic):