At Least 70 Shot, 11 Dead in Violent Chicago Weekend

Frederick Owens
August 6, 2018

At least 34 people were shot across Chicago over a 24-hour period beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, police said Sunday.

Three or more victims have been wounded in seven of Sunday's shooting incidents, including a single shooting in the South Side Gresham neighborhood left eight people wounded, including four teenage girls.

The crowd had gathered after attending a funeral reception, said Fred Waller, Chicago police chief of patrol.

"They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit", he said.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in on a bloody weekend in Chicago, in a mistake-laden tweetstorm, blaming the city's Democratic elected leaders, and claiming former police superintendent and current mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy "can do a lot better".

There were 12 people killed in shootings and at least 54 others injured this weekend, according to the latest police figures obtained by ABC station WLS. Still, anti-violence protesters have blocked freeways to voice their outrage.

"The city of Chicago experienced a violent night".

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"Far too often, we continue to see the devastating effects that illegal guns have in some of our communities". About 2:35 a.m., several people were standing on a sidewalk in the 1300 block of South Millard Avenue when two males approached on foot and opened fire, according to police. If you have 25 people being shot in a little over two hours we're talking about a violence rate that might not be matched in a war zone.

Chicago has struggled with high shooting and murder rates in recent years.

Still, Chicago has recorded more than 300 murders this year, the most of any American city - though it trails several other cities in per capita terms.

They suffered gunshot wounds to the legs, buttocks, hands and a graze wound to the head, police said. A 29-year-old woman was shot in the back, and taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.

Chicago's gun violence has drawn widespread attention, including from President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Giuliani, who blamed the problem on Chicago's longtime "Democratic rule" in a series of tweets on Sunday and Monday.

Giuliani also mistakenly claimed Chicago has had more murders "than ever before" under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's leadership, misspelling the mayor's last name as "Emmanuel". Giuliani falsely stated that there were "63 murders" in Chicago this weekend, despite the reports that 63 were wounded and 11 killed.

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