There are some places where they truly don’t know whether there are gunshots being fired or firework going off. Chicago is one of those places.
Unfortunately the 4th of July weekend in that crime riddled city left behind a bloody mark this year with over 60 shootings. Eight of those shootings were deadly.
There have been extra measures and efforts taken in order to stop the shootings before they start, but the violence is not getting any better. Police have even increased patrols and use predictive policing, which is a system to use data to identify crime hot spots.
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Still, the nation’s third-largest city has seen nearly 330 murders already this year, according to USA Today.
Those shot during the weekend included children. Among them: a 5-year-old girl and her 8-year-old cousin, both of whom were shot in the leg as they played with sparklers, USA Today reported.
Before the holiday weekend, the Chicago Police Department sent additional patrols to two of the most violent areas of the city, and arrested 88 gang members there.
In an email to Fox News, the police department said there were 64 shootings from Friday at 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. After midnight, the violence continued, with 21 more shootings, six of them deadly.
The email said:
“[The] vast majority of violence was concentrated within a 6 hour period on Monday night predominantly on the south and west sides of the city,” the statement read. “Detectives are still working this morning to establish motive but we suspect several incidents were retaliatory in nature and alcohol was a factor in others.”
The bloody weekend came just days after President Trump’s administration sent in federal agents to help police fight the violence.
In late June, Trump tweeted: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a written statement afterward saying the administration created the Chicago Gun Strike Force and would send “20 more permanent ATF agents to Chicago, reallocating federal prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence” and working with law enforcement partners.
“The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence,” he said.
Perhaps it is time to send in the feds, like Trump said after his inauguration. He tweeted, “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
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