At Least 71 Shot, 11 Killed in Chicago in Weekend Violence

Police respond to a shooting in Chicago on Sunday Aug. 5 2018.                        WFLD

Police on Monday attributed the dozens of shootings to gangs, the illegal flow of guns and sweltering August heat that drew more people outside.

In one incident, around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing in the courtyard of a building, wounding eight people, police said. The victims' ages ranged from 11 to 62.

Johnson was more direct in his reaction to this weekend's bloodshed, angrily lashing out at the shooters. Somebody knows who did it.

Police attributed the shootings to gangs. "Where's the accountability for them?"

Additionally, Ford noted that the inaction of the Chicago Police force has caused a distrust to brew between citizens and the people that are supposed to protect them. I never hear people saying 'These individuals out here in the streets need to stop pulling the trigger.' ... "They get a pass from everybody". "They just walk away, they ain't trying to run". It's a small sub-set of individuals who think they can continue to... We are all supposed to be on the same side.

Former educator Troy LaRaviere says employment, economic investment and education are all part of the solution, but he says there's a deeper systemic problem, that the south and west sides of the city aren't simply being neglected. "They do. They know that", he said.

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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.

"Reopening mental health centers and bringing social services back to those communities that need them the most", McCarthy said.

"This is a predominantly black school, in a neighborhood that is about half black, and yet you don't see that kind of violence here because everybody has a job", LaRaviere said. "We are a better city".

At least 57 people were shot between Friday and Sunday.

"The city of Chicago experienced a violent night", Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said in a press conference Sunday afternoon.

"Some of these instances were targeted and were related to gang conflicts in those areas".

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Thirty-nine people were shot, including five fatally, in a roughly seven-hour span late Saturday and early Sunday. Chicago's murder rates also dropped significantly past year, dropping from 771 in 2016 to 650 in 2017, according to local affiliate CBS Chicago.

The shooting happened about 6:50 a.m.in the first block of North Leclaire, police said.

June marked 15 straight months of fewer killings and shootings, police said. At least four people were shot in each of those incidents.

Johnson said that both murders and shootings are down on the year, but said this weekend showed there was still a lot to do.

"We work hard with the detective division, we work hard with the states attorney's office to ensure these people, if you do come forward and testify, it's our obligation and responsibility to keep you safe", Johnson said.

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