CHICAGO, IL—The Chicago Police Department and the anti-violence group, "CeaseFire," launched on Friday their joint effort to curb gang violence.
The two will work together in the 3rd and 10th police districts on the south and west sides.
"CeaseFire" says their work is already paying off.
As evidence, the organization points to how it was able to help convince 18 year-old Jermaine Lewis to turn himself over to police to face questioning about a drive-by shooting that wounded two girls near Cooper Park on the 1300 block of W. 117th street Tuesday night. A 12 year-old girl was hit twice in the stomach, and is hospitalized in serious condition. A 13 year-old girl was shot in the buttocks.
Police believe the gunshots were intended for someone else.
“The community stepped up. The pressure on the young man, whether he’s innocent or guilty, this is for the courts and everyone else to decide,” said Bob Jackson, of "CeaseFire Roseland."
But, his family claims this is a case of mistaken identity and he has an alibi.