In Chicago, freight cars carrying guns are being looted by the city’s most violent gangs, placing hundreds of more weapons onto the city’s already deadly streets.
The rail yard, Norfolk Southern sits in one of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Chicago gangsters have discovered some of its cars hold boxes of guns to be shipped across the country to gun shops and gun companies.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reports that since 2013, the criminals have ransacked the trains and stolen more than 150 firearms. Some of these guns have been connected with violent crimes and only 16 have been recovered, according to an Associated Press investigation.
Pastor Cory Brooks leads a church near Norfolk Southern. He told Fox News, “It only compounds that damage being done to our city, and it only hurts the individuals who are trying to live here and have a safe environment.”
While 150 guns may seem like a small number compared to the tens of thousands of firearms recovered from Chicago’s bloody streets each year, the ATF says at least 14 fatal shootings can be linked to just a single gun.
Emma Mitts, city alderwoman of Chicago’s 37th Ward, said, “How in the world are these kids getting these guns? I see them on Facebook. Everybody got guns. They can’t go purchase a gun, so where are they getting them from?”
Both Brooks and Mitts place partial blame on Norfolk Southern, commenting that the rail yard should increase security to keep the weapons out of the possession of Chicago gang members.
Pastor Brooks also warned, “We need to be concerned about terrorists who could get into these areas unprotected here and steal things and explosives and really hurt our communities.”
Norfolk Southern seems to be taking the issue very seriously.
Spokeswoman Susan Terpay said via email to Fox News, “Norfolk Southern’s Chicago-based police department, the largest freight railroad law enforcement force in the city, is increasing patrols of rail yards using uniformed officers in marked cars and K-9 units. In addition, the department is conducting undercover surveillance investigations.”
H/T: Fox News
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