Chicago suffers deadly wave of gun violence

Chicago suffers deadly wave of gun violence

Thirty people were shot in just 3 hours early Sunday in Chicago, with five mass shootings of three or more victims accounting for 25 of the casualties, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"What we saw this weekend, it just rips at everything that I believe in because I know as a city and as a neighborhood ... we can do better", he said. No, It's not about what the police department can do.

"It's very rare we actually witness this stuff, ". "They do. They know that". He said he wanted to help people in Chicago and I accept that help. Roughly 40 of the victims were shot during a seven-hour period Sunday morning. Over two and a half hours that morning, 25 people were shot in five multiple-injury shootings, including a 17-year-old who died after being shot in the face.

Chicago's mayor says one lesson from a wave of weekend violence is that people who live in neighborhoods where the shootings occurred have to be willing to name potential suspects.

The festival was not affected by the violence, Waller said. "This is a small subset of individuals who think they can play by their own rules because they continue to get a slap on the wrist when we arrest them", Johnson said.

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Even a block party was not safe from the violence.

Asked why, if the good outweigh the bad, members of the community are not stepping up to help identify shooters, Johnson said: "That's a question we've been asking for quite some time, so, listen, that's something they have to do better at".

"These shootings are not random, they're fueled by gang conflicts". A 19-year-old was shot in the back of the head and pronounced dead at the scene. "Our souls are burdened", the mayor said, repeatedly choking up as he spoke at a South Side police station. Shootings are down 30%.

CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the press about the recent shootings and violence in Chicago, Aug. 6, 2018.

Waller said police were sticking with their strategy targeting illegal guns.

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Ford thanked Fox News analyst Gianno Caldwell, a Chicago native, for putting a spotlight on the violence in town and noted both men took part in a large rally last week to draw further attention to the shootings.

Federal authorities have increased their efforts in the city, creating a special task force in cooperation with local police to target those who repeatedly commit gun crimes. "I promise you it is not.No, we are behind the eight ball a little bit sometimes in trying to get people incarcerated, repeat offenders, we are behind the eight ball with that", he added.

The level of violence Sunday made it hard for police and hospitals to keep track. Hospital on the city's West Side was so busy that all but immediate family members waited outside for updates on their wounded loved ones.

Access to Stroger Hospital was tightened.

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