Violent Weekend Leaves at Least Five Dead, Dozens Injured Across Chicago

7700 block of South South Shore

A person was killed Friday in the 7700 block of South South Shore. | Google Earth

Four other people wounded, one of them critically, and taken to hospitals for treatment. A teenage boy was fatally shot riding a bike Sunday afternoon. Before the weekend's surge, they credited it with declines in homicides and shootings from previous year. Last Thursday, a so-called anti-violence march shut down Lake Shore Drive to demand that the CPD hire more black officers and that City Hall spend more on social programs in the black community.

Seventy-three people were shot in Chicago over a violence-filled weekend, with at least 11 people killed, and victims of gunshot wounds ranging from 11 years old to 62.

Emanuel said there's something more at stake. "What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood in Chicago, but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood in Chicago". "We will not, I promise you that we will not be defeated".

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Democrat Illinois State Representative, La Shawn Ford, turned to President Donald Trump for help after dozens died during a violent weekend in Chicago. Police said they've been working around the clock this weekend and that the department has seen a citywide reduction in shootings by 17 percent this year.

"63 murders this weekend in Rahm Emmanuel's Chicago. Support police professional Garry McCarthy". Certainly CPD can do better, but at the end of the day, the members of CPD don't go to bed with these individuals at night, they don't wake up with them in the morning. But he said gang members and others arrested on gun charges aren't dealt with harshly enough. Eddie Johnson on Monday asked people to stop pointing frustrated fingers at the police and start pointing them at the gunmen who are pulling triggers. We know who they are and we continue to send a message that it's OK to commit these crimes by not doing anything as a community.

"This is a public health crisis of epic proportions and we need to treat it as such", Lightfoot said.

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At least 57 people were shot between Friday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon.

Security was increased over the weekend at the outdoor Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago, which drew tens of thousands of young people.

At a news conference, Mr Johnson said that police had "really good leads on quite a few" of the suspected shooters, but no arrests have been made.

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"All of us know that this is not Chicago, what we saw", an emotional Emanuel, seeking re-election to a third term, told reporters at a news conference at the Gresham District station on the South Side. Though the drop was significant, last year's total exceeded the combined number of killings in NY and Los Angeles, the two USA cities bigger than Chicago. Giuliani credited McCarthy for being an "architect" of the NYPD's CompStat program that helps to track crimes, allowing for police to better allocate their resources to high-crime areas.

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