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Chicago suffers gun violence surge over weekend

07 August 2018

Of the wounded who reported an age, the oldest victim was 62 and the youngest was 11, CNN reported. Of those 63, three of the people that were shot steps from my church on the west side, one shot in the head and two others were critically wounded. "Dealing with these twin problems we have of criminal misconduct and of course police misconduct".

Chicago Police officers and detectives investigate a shooting where multiple people were shot on Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. "Wednesday we announced a number of businesses that are going to be part of the neighborhood opportunity fund that create the most important part of our neighborhood economy", Emanuel said.

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. It's very rare we actually witness this stuff. "They do. They know that". I hear people holding us accountable all the time. He said he wanted to help people in Chicago and I accept that help. Chicago's murder rates also dropped significantly a year ago, dropping from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017, according to local affiliate CBS Chicago.

In at least one incident, shooters opened fire into a crowded street party, police said. Patrol Chief Fred Waller said that gang members are using large summer crowds as cover in some cases.

The festival was not affected by the violence, Waller said.

Even a block party was not safe from the violence.

The terse police log entries, summarized below, reflect some stark realities about Chicago's crime plague.

There, a 13-year-old boy was shot twice in the right arm. "If you know who did this, be a neighbor, speak up", Emanuel said.

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"These shootings are not random, they're fueled by gang conflicts". An 11-year-old boy, a 13-year-old boy, and a 14-year-old girl were also hit over the course of the weekend's bloodbath.

A police spokesman says the extra police presence at the music festival did not play a role in the violence because officers working it were generally on their regular days off and on OT.

To be sure, shootings are down this year, compared with the high-water marks of 2016 and 2017, but that's cold comfort for the 1,700 people-more than eight daily-shot through the end of July.

"New York and L.A., who have seen a dramatic and consistent decline in crime, have clearance rates in the 60s and 70 percents, we have clearance rates in the teens; think about that: we have clearance on shootings of four percent", Vallas said.

The spate of violence erupted just after midnight, and two people were killed and 28 others were hurt in shootings before 3 a.m.

"We'll also be conducting coordinated enforcement missions to target individuals that are driving the violence in these areas and focus on where we believe retaliatory violence may occur".

"I promise we will not be defeated", Waller said. "We won't be overrun by that small element that's committing these reckless acts".

Chicago suffers gun violence surge over weekend