74 People Shot In Chicago In One Of The Most Violent Weekends Of 2018
An estimated 74 people were shot this past weekend in Chicago.
Between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, 12 people were killed and 62 were wounded, with the ages of the victims spanning from 11 to 62 years old, according to the Chicago Tribune. Most of the attacks occurred on the South and West sides of the city.
Following the numerous attacks, Chicago police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller held a press conference Sunday, blaming the violence on gang members who shoot into summer crowds at night.
“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit,” Waller said.
The shooters reportedly shot at large groups of people attending a block party, a funeral, and other outdoor gatherings.
As the Tribune notes, at least 1,700 people have been shot in the city this year since as of Friday.
On Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the shootings during a news conference.
“We have a heavy heart,” Emanuel said. “Our souls are burdened. What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood of Chicago but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago. We are a better city.”
“All of us know that this is not Chicago — what we saw — therefore all of us who love this city and call it home have a responsibility to heal our neighborhoods,” he added.
Source: Chicago Tribune