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At Least 57 People Shot, 11 Dead After Violent Weekend In Chicago

07 August 2018

Two 17-year-olds were the weekend's youngest fatalities.

"We have a heavy heart". From Friday at 6 p.m. through Sunday at midnight, 66 people were shot, 12 of whom died.

RAW VIDEO: Chicago police address surge in weekend violence:Very early Sunday morning, a pair of shootings in the Lawndale neighborhood left a teen girl killed and nine people wounded. In that span, 28 were wounded and three died. "But I promise you we won't be defeated.by a small element committing these reckless acts". This isn't a widespread issue among citizens of the city. Police say gang violence is mostly to blame, with shooters taking advantage of large gatherings in the summer weather to inflict the most casualties.

"When it's very hot outside, we have multiple areas with crowds".

Police also noted that numerous shootings were in four police districts, including the West Side's Harrison, Ogden and Austin police districts, that have struggled with violent crime this year.

"We can do better".

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Former educator Troy LaRaviere says employment, economic investment and education are all part of the solution, but he says there's a deeper systemic problem, that the south and west sides of the city aren't simply being neglected. It's very rare we actually witness this stuff. "Somebody knows who did it", said Johnson, his voice rising.

But he did admit the police department and city could do better.

"Our souls are burdened", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

Ford said the USA sends billions of dollars to underdeveloped countries that are similarly rife with crime, but does not do the same in Chicago and elsewhere domestically. "But we continue to head in the right direction". "I never hear people saying these individuals out here in the streets need to stop pulling the trigger. They get a pass from everybody". They hold the mayor accountable.

"It's only because of Democrat brain washing that he has even a chance of remaining", Giuliani continued, "Support police professional Garry McCarthy".

But it's not just conservatives who are outraged.

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Emanuel fired McCarthy in 2015. "Mayor Emanuel is out of touch with reality. This generation of kids has grown up with no one daring to touch them".

Scenes like these unfolded over and over again in Chicago over the course of a long, exceptionally violent weekend in a city that has recently seen some progress in reducing shootings and gun deaths.

"Despite what we saw this weekend, I'm still pleased between CPD's work, the mayor's investments, and the work of our community members, that we're still reducing our gun violence this year", Johnson said.

Ford told Fox News interviewers during a rally against gun violence last week that he wanted the president to know that "not everyone believes Chicago is a Trump-free zone".

Police blamed illegal guns for much of the violence in a Monday press conference. "This is a crisis in which four out of five killers in Chicago are literally getting away with murder".

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At Least 57 People Shot, 11 Dead After Violent Weekend In Chicago