Bloody weekend in Chicago leaves 11 dead, 70 wounded

07 August, 2018, 12:23 | Author: Diane Mills
  • 31 shot, two killed in Sunday morning Chicago shootings

"We just have to do what we have to do in those challenged areas to make it better".

In all, over the weekend, there were 33 shooting incidents.

At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticise the city's Democratic leadership.

Police are also investigating an eleventh murder- a 32-year-old woman who was found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday in a bathtub with her hands and feet bound. If you have 25 people being shot in a little over two hours we're talking about a violence rate that might not be matched in a war zone. "Dealing with these twin problems we have of criminal misconduct and of course police misconduct".

Three or more victims have been wounded in seven of Sunday's shooting incidents, including a single shooting in the South Side Gresham neighborhood left eight people wounded, including four teenage girls. "We are a better city".

Johnson's voice changed from frustration to anger when he talked about how the Police Department shouldn't bear the brunt of criticism for the rampant violence. Somebody knows who did it. "They hold me accountable". "I never hear people say these individuals out there on the streets need to stop pulling the trigger".

On Sunday, police pointed out that - despite the weekend violence - murders in the city are down 25% so far this year.

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Police Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday that in some cases, gang members are using large summer crowds as cover.

The festival was not affected by the violence, Waller said. "This is a small subset of individuals who think they can play by their own rules because they continue to get a slap on the wrist when we arrest them".

There, a 13-year-old boy was shot twice in the right arm. Two 17-year-olds were the weekend's youngest fatalities. "If you know who did this, be a neighbor, speak up", Emanuel said. "They just walk away, they ain't trying to run". Five others, including an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old boy were injured in that shooting alone.

The shooting happened about 6:50 a.m.in the first block of North Leclaire, police said. CPD also says it has implemented a data-driven policing strategy that helps police predict crime before it happens so they can put officers in the right places at the right time.

Waller said police were sticking with their strategy targeting illegal guns.

The police chief emphasized an oft-repeated criticism by city officials that repeat gun offenders receive sentences that are too short and are able to quickly return to the streets to commit more crimes - believing they will not face serious consequences.

"The city is lost", a federal prosecutor tells me.

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