More Than 50% Of Chicago Residents Will Witness Shooting Before Age 40

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 19: Chicago police officers patrol downtown as the city celebrates the Chicago Sky's WNBA title on October 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The city has started to place police officers on unpaid leave for refusing to comply with the city's requirements that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status. Only about 65 percent of the city's police have complied with the order. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
  • More than half of Chicago residents will witness a shooting by age 40, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • There are racial disparities in the study. For example, more than half of black and Latino city residents 40 and younger already have witnessed a shooting, as opposed to a quarter of white residents.
  • The average age for witnessing a shooting is only 14 years old, and men are much more likely to be gunshot victims.