Sunday, August 26, 2012
Getting a gun in Chicago quick and easy
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter August 25, 2012 12:28AM
Want to know how to get a gun?
Just ask Chris.
The skinny teen attends high school in Chicago and is a talented athlete. But he’s also a notorious gunslinger.
As a shooter in a South Side gang, he can get his hands on a gun as quick as you can get a burger at a fast-food restaurant.
“I will make a call and say I need a gun. I will ride down the street on my bike and get it — five minutes.”
The Chicago Sun-Times sat down with Chris for a lesson on how gangs get guns. Armed gangs like Chris’ have driven up Chicago’s murder total 28 percent above the tally at this time last year. And Chris is on the front lines of the shooting.
“For your ’hood, you can’t stop [getting] guns because it’s war season. A gang need any gun it can get,” said the teen, who has worked as an informant for police and asked for anonymity. The Sun-Times is identifying him by an alias.
He knows men whose full-time job in the underground economy is to buy guns from suburban stores and illegally sell them to criminals.
Chris said he’s confident he and his crew will always be one step ahead of the police.
“You’ll never stop us from getting guns,” he said. “You feel me?”