Published: Mon, August 06, 2018

10 killed, 53 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

10 killed, 53 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

Since Friday at 5:00 p.m., 57 Chicagoans have been gunned down.

The Chicago Tribune quotes Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham: "The city and the attorney general have set a risky precedent by granting these groups influence into the policy of the Chicago Police Department".

Police Patrol Chief Fred Waller, addressing the violence in a news conference Sunday, said the shootings reflect "the devastating effects that illegal guns have in our communities".

Of the wounded who gave their age, the oldest was 62 and the youngest 11, police records showed.

During one 2.5-hour early morning period alone on Sunday, 25 people were shot, including two fatally, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Though plagued by gun violence, the number of shootings in Chicago has decreased this year, according to the Tribune, which records incidents of gun violence in the city.

Chief Waller, however, said shootings were down 30 percent from 2017, and murders down 25 percent.

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

He said in his tweet that 228 shootings and 42 homicides had been recorded in about three weeks in Chicago just between January 1 and 24, 2017. He says they "shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit". The people who were shot weren't cooperating with investigators, and the circumstances of the shooting weren't immediately known. A 37-year-old man was shot in the right calf and hospitalized in stable condition, a 21-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh and hospitalized in stable condition and another male victim was shot and is hospitalized.

The man suffered gunshot wounds to his body and neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The high volume of patients caused a local hospital to be placed on a trauma lockdown, with only the victim's immediate family members allowed in the emergency room.

"I promise we will not be defeated", Waller said.

For many right-wingers, Chicago has become a symbol of Democratic hypocrisy on gun reform, since the city is run by a Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and is home to a famous liberal party machine.

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