Amid Chicago crime wave, 17-year-old shot a block away from President Obama’s house in the Kenwood area
Chicago has been hit with a recent surge in violent crime, that in recent weeks has included two shootings of young men within blocks of the Obama household.
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Since before taking office, access has been restricted on the Chicago street where President Barack Obama has a home.
A teenaged boy and a young man were shot within blocks of President Obama‘s Chicago home in the past week, police said. The attacks are part of a wave of violent crime that has recently swept through the Windy City.
The 17-year-old boy was shot twice around 4:20 a.m. on Saturday morning in Kenwood.
Obama’s closely protected street is mere block east of the scene, reports CBS.
The boy was shot in the leg and posterior. He is currently in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
He was one of at least seven people who were shot Friday night and Saturday morning in Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune.
This incident is disturbing similar to one from earlier in the week. Stephen Williams, 23, was parked with his girlfriend in the same neighborhood, about three blocks from the Obama home.
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President Barack Obama during a visit to Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood on Aug. 12.
Two men approached the car with a handgun and attempted to rob the couple. After Williams resisted, one man shot him dead.
Violent crime has been escalating in Chicago. Since last Thursday, at least 82 people have been shot in the city, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Police Department will extend its violence-reduction initiative beyond the seventh and 11th districts.
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The home of President Barack Obama rises about the scrubs and small trees in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago.
“After showing improvements in two districts that historically suffer from a high crime rate, we are expanding our work with federal agencies to aggressively grow this initiative,” Emanuel said.
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