Study links violence risk to bars and liquor stores

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Violent crimes in poor areas of Chicago may be linked to the number of bars and liquor stores in the neighborhood.

A new study from Northwestern University finds people on the city’s South or West sides are 500 times more likely to become a victim of gun violence when they’re near a bar or liquor store.

Researchers say they did not find the same link between liquor stores and gun violence in more affluent areas.

Community activists point out the corner mini-mart in depressed areas may be the only place that sells groceries.

Some suggest replacing liquor stores with better food stores.

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