The new normal
Shootings occur daily in Chicago, but the spots of these horrific events fade back into the common landscape of the city
Paul O’Neal, 18, was shot in the back by members of the Chicago Police Department while fleeing after leading police on a chase in a Jaguar that was reported stolen on July 28 in the 7400 block of South Merrill. O’Neal ran into the backyard of a house, where he was shot and killed. The incident was caught on one of the officers’ body cameras and led to protests in Chicago. Three officers were stripped of their powers while the investigation into the events of the day continued.
In the alleyway between 80th and Damen Avenue, in the shadow of Dawes Park, Tyshawn Lee, 9, was shot and killed execution-style on Nov. 2, 2015, while walking home from school. Dwight Boone-Doty was later charged with the murder of Tyshawn.
Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014, at 4100 S. Pulaski Ave. Van Dyke was filmed on his squad car’s dashboard camera shooting McDonald 16 times. The outrage over the late release of the video — on Nov. 24, 2015, more than over 13 months after the shooting and only after several independent investigators demanded it — from the Chicago Police Department led to marching and protests throughout the streets of Chicago.
Hadiya Pendleton, 15, was shot and killed in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park in the Kenwood neighborhood after a case of mistaken identity in Chicago on Jan. 29, 2013. Michael Ward and Kenneth Williams were charged in the shooting, The park is currently going under redevelopment.
Tony McCoy, 20, was shot and killed in the driveway of his apartment complex in the 1100 block of E. 47th St. in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago on July 16, 2011. The shooter(s) are still at large. The tight-knit community holds an annual memorial vigil in the hopes of bringing the shooters to justice.