Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Obama Country: People Afraid To Come Out Of Their Homes

Fox Chicago | Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009, 8:29 AM CDT

Joliet - Tony Ray was talking with a police officer outside the Forest Park Community Center in Joliet a couple of weeks ago when the two men suddenly heard the crack of gunshots.

Ray, executive director of the center, headed to safety inside the building. The officer ran to investigate.

Sadly, the incident is not all that uncommon.

There have been 165 shootings so far this year, almost as many in all of last year. Murders are up, too. There have been nine so far this year compared to six in all of 2008. That has community leaders like Ray and the Rev. Herbert Brooks concerned. The two men remember the gang wars of the 1980s and they don't want to see a return to the bad old days.

Ray hears from residents who are afraid to travel the Forest Park area's streets at night. "It's definitely increased," he said of the recent rash of violence. "These kids (who are shooting guns) do not understand the ramifications if they hit somebody."

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