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52 shot, 10 killed in most violent weekend of 2019


Don Babwin, Related Press
Revealed 6:14 p.m. ET June 3, 2019 | Up to date 6:20 p.m. ET June 3, 2019


Chicago police say greater than 50 individuals had been shot, eight of them fatally, in gun violence over the weekend. Two individuals had been stabbed to dying, bringing the entire variety of homicides to 10. (June 3)

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  • Chicago skilled its most violent weekend of 2019, with 52 shootings and 10 deaths.
  • Many of the shootings had been gang associated, police stated.

CHICAGO – Chicago’s police chief on Monday decried a “despicable degree of violence” throughout a weekend by which 52 individuals within the metropolis had been shot, eight of them fatally, and two individuals had been stabbed to dying.

Police consider a lot of the shootings had been gang-related, Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated.

The weekend was the town’s most violent one but in 2019, based on the Chicago Solar-Occasions.

The shootings occurred from 6 p.m. Friday till midnight Sunday on one of many warmest and sunniest weekends of the 12 months in Chicago. The town usually sees a rise in violence in hotter climate.

Johnson stated the division elevated the variety of uniformed officers on the road – concentrating on areas the place police anticipated gang members to retaliate for earlier shootings. He stated he believes that effort helped police seize 92 unlawful firearms, almost twice as many because the division seizes in a typical warm-weather weekend.

Chicago Police examine the scene the place a person was shot, Monday morning, June 3, 2019, within the Fuller Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Picture: Tyler LaRiviere, AP)

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Homicides in Chicago surged to greater than 770 three years in the past, however have dropped since – to 660 in 2017 and 561 final 12 months. They’re on tempo to drop much more this 12 months.

Police urged residents to return ahead with any info that may assist in the investigations of the shootings.

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Chicago police say within the coming weeks extra patrol officers might be deployed, together with officers on bicycles and on foot, in a number of the hottest locations for vacationers and residents within the nation’s third-largest metropolis.

Johnson additionally reiterated his complaints about what he says are lax gun legal guidelines and court docket insurance policies that he says flip the county jail right into a revolving door for gun offenders.

“Till we cease giving them (gun offenders) the sense that they will do that with impunity, then we’re going to proceed to have these press conferences,” he stated.

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