Maggio News started covering the shootings part time in 2013 through 2015 but in March of 2016 Maggio News set out full time to document the violence plaguing the neighborhoods of Chicago for an upcoming documentary called Bloody Chicago the Fall of the Welfare State.
Covering the carnage on the Bloody Streets of Chicago is no easy task. To acquire the intimate footage of victims shot, is a very tall order, because Chicago has 3 million residents and has a 234-mile square land mass to cover.
The only way to capture the true horror of the shootings is to stay in these neighborhoods for long periods of time and lay in wait, for that one shots fired call to crackle over the radio. This leaves 6 minutes to close in on the area, it takes about 3 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and 2 or 3 minutes to stabilize the gunshot victim and load that person on an ambulance. After 6 minutes expires all that is left is crime scene tape and police officers investigating the shooting.
To close in on a shooting in progress leaves the reporter no choice but to drive at high rates of speed dodging red light cameras and speed trap radar that are stationed all over the city. When arriving at a hot shooting scene one never knows what to expect. It could be one shot or five shot, in Chicago everyone is now a potential target. Shooters running from shooting scenes have crossed the path of my vehicle on multiple occasions this has happened when arriving on the scene before the police, this is very dangerous work.
Some parts of Chicago truly are WAR zones. While covering these shootings, there have been times when the gangs shoot at each other on the next block while 20 cops are on the present crime scene. They don’t seem to care that there are multiple cops a couple hundred feet away. Sometimes police officers try to stop reporters, like me from filming, gang members and residents also don’t want reporters filming these tragedies, all this resistance makes the job all that more difficult.
This year alone Maggio News has covered hundreds of shootings and violent incidents all over the city. I was almost caught in gang crossfire three times this year while roaming through these high crime neighborhoods. My greatest concern is the indiscriminate bullet that roars through these neighbors every day, it is that bullet that you can’t defend yourself against, you don’t know it till you hear the whistle and by then it’s too late you have been shot.
The hardest thing there is to this job is witnessing the victims in their most vulnerable state screaming out for help and worst case dying before your very eyes. As of December 28th, 4330 people have been shot and 705 have been shot and killed leaving the total number of homicides at 785. This is unprecedented violence is unacceptable on every level Maggio News signing Off.
Article by Vic Maggio