Most of the shootings happened on Sunday with 30 people shot. Still, anti-violence protesters have recently shut down freeways in Chicago to voice their outrage. "On the other hand, the attorney general was more than willing to listen to groups that were anti-police such as the ACLU and Black Lives Matter".
Police blamed the spike in shootings largely on gang conflicts, while experts pointed to the hot summer which has descended on the Windy City and its effect on crime rates. The worst of it took place in a three-hour span starting around midnight Saturday when 30 people were shot, reports the Sun-Times.
In one shooting in the Gresham neighborhood, eight people were wounded, police said.
"Certainly CPD [Chicago Police Department] 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", Mr Johnson said. The victim's ages range from 14 to 24-years-old. In that incident, three people were standing in front of a residence when a shooter exited a vehicle and opened fire, according to officials.
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Those figures, along with the fact that large fires are starting earlier in the year, has state officials anxious . More evacuations were ordered on Saturday afternoon, but no estimate of people involved was released.
Gunshots rang out through the streets of Chicago over the weekend, killing at least 11 people dead and wounding another 70, according to police.
President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudi Giuliani, who falsely claimed 63 people were murdered in the city over the weekend, laid the blame for the violence on Chicago's longtime "Democratic rule" in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday. Johnson react to weekend violenceMayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday morning he visited Stroger and Mt. Sinai hospitals to thank those that treated the victims of the violence. 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.
"We have a heavy heart". Although the drop was significant, it exceeded the combined number of killings in New York City and Los Angeles, which are the two United States cities bigger than Chicago.
"We just have too many guns on the streets of Chicago".
Ira Acree, co-chairman of the Leaders Network-Chicago and a pastor on the city's West Side, said this weekend's horrific violence underscores that two Chicago's exist-one that is thriving and largely inoculated from the shootings and another that's been ravaged by disinvestment and indifference from the city's politicians.