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Dozens shot in Chicago, three fatally over the 4th of July weekend

July 5, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Dozens shot in Chicago, three fatally over the 4th of July weekend

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Approximately 50 people were reportedly shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, three fatally, as law enforcement officials dispatched thousand of police officers who arrested dozens of reputed gang members.

Most of the shootings occurred in notoriously violent communities on the West and South sides even though authorities vastly increased security in those areas.

Over the course of 17 hours, between Sunday afternoon and early Monday, 13 people were shot. The victims included a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the foot, a 16-year-old who was hit in the elbow, a 17-year-old shot in the thigh, and a woman who was struck in the chest by a bullet that was fired through someone’s window.

Many of the incidents occurred in Little Village, Roseland, Gresham, Lawndale, East Garfield Park and Englewood — all of which are neighborhoods with alarming amounts of gun violence, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Law enforcement officials announced on Friday that 24 people were injured over the course of 24 hours, and three individuals were murdered.

Among the victims of gun violence reported since Sunday afternoon, included a man who was shot at about 10:50 p.m. Police discovered the male bleeding on the ground from a gunshot wound to his head, just across the street from an elementary school. Investigators said they were unsure sure of victim’s age but did indicate that he was an adult.

Chicago Police announced last weekend that thousands of cops would be sent to monitor the streets of the Chicago neighborhoods. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that he was “sick and tired” of the gun violence that is tormenting the city.

As a result, authorities took a proactive approach, conducting a series of raids last week as part of a concerted effort targeting the city’s street gangs arresting over 110 gang members were arrested on drug and gun charges in anticipation of the holiday weekend and the summer months when reports of gun violence spike.

Despite the number of reported shootings that occurred over the weekend,  Johnson said the figures are actually an improvement from recent Fourth of Julys.

“I think in 2014 we had about 16 killed throughout the Fourth of July weekend and that’s just ridiculous, so we are making progress, but it’s not a success yet, this goes a long way, I think, to letting everybody know that we are focusing on the right individuals,”  Johnson said.

In 2015, about ten people were killed, and another 55 were wounded during the Fourth of July weekend. The Chicago Tribune reported that during an eight-hour burst of violence, 30 people were shot, three of them fatally. Among the victims was a 7-year-old boy.

During the Fourth of July weekend in 2014, 66 people were injured, and 16 were killed.

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