- CBS 2 Chicago -
The air wasn't sweltering and simmering in the unusually cool July of 2009, but a bloodbath still engulfed the streets of Chicago.
As of July 30, at least 42 people had been shot and killed, and 183 more had been shot and wounded since July 1. Among the injured were a 9-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy, a UPS driver who was on a break after making a delivery, and two Chicago police officers serving a drug warrant.
MAP: July Shootings In Chicago
Chicago Police News Affairs Director Roderick Drew and Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue were not immediately available to comment on the violence.
The South and West sides bore the brunt of the violence. While Washington Park may be the site of a grand Olympic stadium that will place Chicago on the world map in a whole new way, this July the neighborhoods surrounding the park have been the site of 31 shootings.
A total of four people were killed and four more were injured in six shootings within a mile radius of the park in July. Broadening to a two-mile radius, the number increases to eight dead and 37 injured.
Chicago 2016 officials were not immediately available to discuss whether the International Olympic Committee had addressed the spate of violence that has rocked the city this month.