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People Shot, 6 Fatally in Chicago Over Weekend

People Shot, 6 Fatally in Chicago Over Weekend

Ford thanked Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell, a Chicago native, for putting a spotlight on the violence in town and noted both men took part in a large rally last week to draw further attention to the shootings. Still, anti-violence protesters have blocked highways to voice their outrage.

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

While shootings in many cities, including Chicago, tend to spike in the summer amid higher temperatures, Emanuel said that the temptation to place the blame there is misguided.

The Chicago Tribune, which has been tracking shooting statistics, reported earlier this month that shootings in the city have declined, with 533 fewer shootings as of August 1 than the same time in 2017.

Chicago Police chief of patrol Fred Waller told a press conference Sunday afternoon some of the shootings were "targeted" and related to gang conflicts.

Nevertheless, Chicago´s official murder count, at more than 320 killings so far this year, was the highest in the country and far eclipsed those of America´s two largest cities - NY and Los Angeles.

"63 murders this weekend in Rahm Emmanuel's Chicago". Additionally, the Chicago Tribune reports the violence as 73 shooting victims and 11 deaths.

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"We work hard with the detective division, we work hard with the states attorney's office to ensure these people, if you do come forward and testify, it's our obligation and responsibility to keep you safe", Johnson said. A single shooting in Gresham wounded eight people, including four teenage girls, as they stood in a courtyard. In that incident, three people were standing in front of a residence when a shooter exited a auto and opened fire, according to officials. The victims' ages ranged from 11 to 62, with majority shot on the South and West sides.

Police said there was a "trauma lockdown" at Stroger Hospital with only immediate family members of victims are being allowed in the emergency room.

June marked 15 straight months of fewer killings and shootings.

"Chicago's political leadership - Emanuel and City Council - won't address the poverty that fuels the frustration, anger and self-hatred which leads to violence", Acree said.

More than 5,500 illegal guns have been confiscated on the street this year.

Former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot said the city is facing a "public health crisis", and Emanuel "cannot sit this out". "What worries me is in certain areas of the city we begin to normalize these things".