Living in Chicago's Gang Occupied Neighborhoods
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Chicago is experiencing a more than 50 percent surge in homicides, most of them on the city's south and west sides. In the second of a three part series, The Associated Press looks into the lives of people in those violent neighborhoods. (June 12)

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[LOCATION: CHICAGO,IL, JUNE 13, 2012] [SOURCE: AP] [NAT-BREAK] IMAGINE, LIVING ON STREETS WHERE GUN SHOTS COULD RING OUT AT ANY MOMENT...WHERE BEING A NARCOTICS DEALER IS THE ASPIRING PROFESSION...[SOT: SGT. Daniel O'Shea / Chicago Police Narcotics / Organized Crime Division]"where their is drugs there is always guns. the rival gangs will shoot up the corner and then these guys will go back and shoot at them."[VOICE-OVER]IN OUR SERIES OF REPORTS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS EXPLORES SOME OF NEIGHBORHOODS EXPERIENCING CHICAGO'S RECENT SURGE IN STREET VIOLENCE [SOT: LATOYA BOYCE / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"it's non-stop, i heard gun shots this morning."[NAT-BREAK][VOICE-OVER]HOMICIDES IN CHICAGO ARE UP MORE THAN 50 PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR.[SOT: LADASIA TOLLIVER / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"we are about to get in the house because the sun is going doen and i dont feel safe."[VOICE-OVER]MOST OF THE KILLING IS OCCURRING IN GANG-INFESTED NEIGHBORHOODS OUTSIDE THE CITY'S BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN.SOME RESIDENTS LIVE IN FEAR OF BECOMING A VICTIM OF THE DISORGANIZED, SPLINTERED GANGS OFTEN MADE UP OF YOUNG MEN UNDER THE AGE OF 25 WHO SHOOT TO KILL [SOT: LADASIA TOLLIVER / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"some guy just started shooting at the porch righ next to us, he didn't care if we were there or nothing."[STAND-UP: ROBERT RAY / ASSOCIATED PRESS]"THE VIOLENCE CAUSED BY GANGS, GUNS AND DRUGS MADE US WANT TO FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN PARTS OF CHICAGO, IN PARTICULAR THE SOUTH AND WEST SIDES."[SOT: LADONNA STEWART / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"and it's all about drugs. drugs and money is what it's about. "[VOICE-OVER]MOST OF THE DRUG DEALERS AND GANG THUGS HAVE LITTLE EDUCATION, DON'T HAVE A JOB AND HAVE A TOUGH TIME MAKING MONEY, THE HONEST WAY. [SOT: WALTER RICHARDSON / FORMER CHICAGO MEMBER]"the most important thing is just trying to make it financially. the gangs are killing each other only to make it financially. if there was another way around it they probably would have took it."[NAT-BREAK][VOICE-OVER]LATOYA BOYCE AND HER CHILDREN ARE SURROUNDED BY THE SPORATIC SPASMS OF GANG VIOLENCE AND SHOOTINGS. SHE SAYS HER CHILDREN DON'T HAVE THE FREEDOM SHE HAD.[SOT: LATOYA BOYCE / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"when i was a little girl we could play on the streets until dark, we didn't have to worry."[VOICE-OVER]FOR LATOYA, GETTING HER KIDS TO SCHOOL IS OFTEN A DANGEROUS PROCESS AND WHEN GUNFIRE ERUPTS..[SOT: LATOYA BOYCE / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"run, come in the gate, wait to see the police, wait to see if everything is going to be alright and ok."[VOICE-OVER]MIKE BELL SAYS HE IS NOT IN A GANG BUT ASSOCIATES WITH GANG MEMBERS, A COMMON PHRASE WE HEARD OVER AND OVER ON THESE STREETS ..HE ATTRIBUTES THE VIOLENCE TO A LACK OF OPPORTUNITY WITH NO WAY OUT AND SAYS THE SMALLEST INCIDENT CAN SET OFF A CHAIN OF VIOLENCE[SOT: MIKE BELL / "ASSOCIATES" WITH GANGS]"you know everyone is on the edge, people can't feed their families, they are on the edge. we need job programs, give people something to do instead of just standing here."[VOICE-OVER]IN CHICAGO'S WEST SIDE LAWNDALE NEIGHBORHOOD THE HOUSE OF BRANCH FUNERAL HOME HAS IS WITNESSING THE END RESULT OF THE VIOLENCEFUNERAL DIRECTOR GLORIA DIOLON TOOK THE JOB HERE 8 WEEKS AGO[SOT: GLORIA DIOLON / FUNERAL DIRECTOR / HOUSE OF BRANCH FUNERAL HOME]"i have had 8 weeks of serious violence. there has been retaliation, revenge and you know when do you end the cycle?"[VOICE-OVER] THAT IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION [SOT: LATOYA BOYCE / WEST SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENT]"i think it can be stopped, but it doesn't seem like anyone is doing anything about it. a lot of people are scared to tell the police who is doing the shooting you know.."[NAT-BREAK][VOICE-OVER]FOR LATOYA'S CHILDREN AND THOUSANDS MORE, HOPE FOR THE FUTURE MEANS ENDING THE CONFLICTS CAUSED BY DRUGS, GANGS AND GUNS.IN AN UPCOMING REPORT, THE AP WILL SPEAK WITH PEOPLE WORKING HARD TO HELP THESE KIDS AND COMMUNITIES.ROBERT RAY, ASSOCIATED PRESS, CHICAGO(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: ROBERT RAY-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: ROBERT RAY ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: BOB MCCALL ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE --------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE: