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Old 07-07-2017, 02:01 PM
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Angry Re: Chicago sees 52 people shot over Memorial Day weekend

Over 100 injured and 14 killed in Chicago over July 4th weekend...

Over 100 injured and 14 killed in Chicago - all in 12 hours on the long Independence Day weekend
Thursday 6th July, 2017 - In a matter of 12 hours, reports from Chicago said that at least 101 people were shot and 14 people died.
On Wednesday a city newspaper, Chicago Tribune revealed in a report that nearly half of the shootings took place during the four-day holiday, in a span of 12 hours. It said that the youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy and the oldest a 60-year-old man. It said that about half of the shootings happened between Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly in Chicago's south and west sides. The increased number of incidents came despite the Chicago police department deploying more than 1,000 extra officers to staunch the violence.

On Friday, the Trump administration had announced that it was dispatching an additional 20 ATF agents to the city to stem gun violence that has left more than 1,000 dead over the past 18 months. The police confirmed on Wednesday morning that 14 people had died in the violence. Spokesman for the police department, officer Jose Estrada, said he could not verify but would not dispute the reports. Estrada added that it was hard to describe the weekend as a particularly difficult one for police. Adding, “Any time you have people shot and killed, it's difficult. I can't say this weekend was more difficult than any other. And it's a little unfair — does five days count as a weekend?"

Estrada was quoted as saying in another report that the department logged 71 shooting incidents between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Wednesday. Detectives investigating the shootings, the spokesperson said, "suspect several incidents were retaliatory in nature and alcohol was a factor in others.” The report meanwhile said that the casualties are significantly higher than 2016, when 66 people were shot in Chicago over the Independence Day weekend, which lasted three days. This, the Tribune noted brought the total number of people shot in Chicago so far in 2017 to more than 1,800. However, it added that the figure was not as severe as last year when 2,035 people had been shot by this point in the year.

Further, at the weekend, Chicago police said shootings this year had declined 14 percent compared with the first six months of last year. U.S. President Donald Trump stated recently that he was sending federal agents to help local police contain the Illinois city's gang wars and control the violence in the massive city besieged by unrelenting gun crime. Over the weekend, the Justice Department and the city announced the formation of a joint strike force of federal and local law enforcement officials to ramp up prosecution of gun-related crimes. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated, “The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence.”
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