A 20-year-old man was fatally wounded Wednesday afternoon during a shooting in the Englewood area of Chicago on one of the blocks where a local group of moms have been on patrol for about two months in an effort to reduce violence in the area.
According to Chicago Police Department spokesman Officer Todd Sweeney, the victim, who has only been identified by an acquaintance as “Wayne,” was shot in the neck at 1:22 p.m. as he stood in front of his mother’s house. When officers arrived on the scene, the victim was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The man was one of 25 homicide victims in Chicago stemming from the more than 150 shootings in the city during the month of August alone. Nearly 200 additional people have been left with shooting-related injuries this month, according to DNA Info. But of those incidents, with the exception of Wednesday, none have occurred on the blocks where the moms have been on guard.
Adriyanna Barne, who was friends with the 20-year-old victim, said she is aware of the moms’ presence and admitted that the violence in the area was “way worse” before they started their patrols. Barne said the group is “really doing good” and they shouldn’t let this incident – or anything else – stop them from what they are doing.
Unlike some other citizen patrols, the moms don’t walk around armed with rifles, but rather take to the streets with grills, good food and refreshments. The women interact with those in the community, trying to get to the heart of the problems facing their neighborhood. The group, known as Mothers Against Senseless Killings, also provide services like feeding the homeless and homework help.
The women set up stations on the streets where violence has been the worst, under the premise that criminals are less likely to act out with the watchful eyes of mothers looking down at them.
“A mother’s love is selfless, annoying and always there,” organizer Tamar Manasseh previously said. “This is what mothers do best, get in the way.”
And so far, for the most part, the idea has worked.