Gunfire tore through Chicago fireworks over the long Fourth of July weekend — leaving more than 100 people shot and over a dozen dead, according to a report.
At least 101 people were shot in the Windy City between Friday afternoon and early Wednesday, with 15 of them dying from their wounds, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The shooting victims ranged in age from a 13-year-old boy to a 60-year-old man, according to the paper’s data, and the gun violence clustered mainly in the West and South sides.
At least 42 were shot in the 12-hour window between 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday despite 58 arrests in pre-holiday drug and gun raids, the paper reported.
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The gun violence marked one of Chi-Town’s bloodiest July 4 weekends in recent history. 2013 — the last full four-day Independence Day holiday — saw 74 shot and 12 dead.
“We’re not happy, I can tell you that,” Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro said in a news conference Wednesday, pinpointing the city’s central issue as “gangs and guns.”
Strategic Decision Support Centers and partnerships with federal agencies helped stem the violence in targeted areas, Chicago police said.
Activist pastor Father Michael Pfleger lamented the rampant gunfire in an all-caps Facebook post Wednesday.
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“We are now told 14 people KILLED AND 88 WOUNDED IN CHICAGO THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND …..AND PEOPLE ASK WHY I AM FLYING THE AMERICAN FLAG UPSIDE DOWN ..We are safer in Iraq…” he wrote.
The violent Chicago weekend came days after President Trump vowed to send in reinforcements.
“Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help,” he tweeted Friday. “1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”
The same day, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stirred outrage after suggesting in a press briefing that Chicago crime was driven by a lack of “morality.”
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Despite the alarming numbers out Wednesday, Chicago police last month said violent crime had dropped about 14% since the previous year.
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