Chicago gun violence at near record pace

CHICAGO, IL (NBC) “There has been a shooting” That’s the call that echoes across Chicago Police radios every day.

Shootings, murders, crime tape, are common sights across the city’s troubled neighborhoods.

“For the past couple of weeks they have been shooting here daily, sometimes even more than once a day.” says a Chicago resident who did not want to be identified.

Residents afraid to show their faces but desperate for their message to be heard.

“I’ve been making phone calls trying to tell them that this block was in jeopardy and we were constantly having shooting coming through.” the resident said.

The violence in the city continues at a near record pace.

Numbers released by Chicago police today, show officers have worked 141 murders in the city, compared to 82 at this time last year.

So far there have been 677 shootings this year, more than double the amount for the first three months of 2015.

“Right now, honestly, we don’t have one answer or two answers and say this is what’s causing it. Its primarily gang related.” said former Interim Superintendent, John Escalante last February.

“People keep on getting shot people keep on getting killed” said Zarriel Trotter in a television public service announcement.

13-year old Zarriel Trotter who talked about the violence in a public service announcement was caught in the crossfire during a shooting.

He was shot in the back and is in critical condition.

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