Chicago has once again found itself in the headlines for random gun violence.
This time, a man named Maxwell Little was shot in the leg while passing out campaign flyers for Joseph Williams, a Democratic candidate for alderman in Chicago’s 15th ward.
Williams immediately promised he would make changes to his security protocols.
Random Gun Violence
The shooting occurred at around 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Little was shooting a live Facebook video when gunshots rang out in the background.
He turned, then the feed was suddenly cut off.
Later, reports alleged that the feed was cut because Little was struck by a bullet in the leg.
According to reports, the man who fired the shots was wearing a red mask and is apparently still on the loose.
As bad as this was, it could have been much worse.
Candidate Williams felt blessed that his family and other volunteers were not hurt.
“My family was out there with me,” he said. “We had our campaign workers out there with us.”
Williams added: “I was actually talking to a resident at the time we heard the shots go off; heard about 5 or 6 shots go off, and then Maxwell came running past us.”
Both Little and Williams apparently believe this was not just a random shooting, but violence targeted at Williams and those working for him.
Even so, Williams says he will not let it deter him from campaigning, but he will be more careful about bringing his family out to stump with him.