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Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 46 People Shot, 7 Dead

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Forty-six people were shot and seven died this weekend in the Windy City, according to the Chicago Tribune. The spike in gun violence began Friday afternoon with victims ranging from ages 16 to 40.

The Chicago Tribune asked Chicago police spokesperson, Adam Collins, if the shootings last weekend cast doubt on the department’s strategies to fight gun violence.

"There's going to be good days, and there's going to be bad days, which is why we've been calling this progress, not victory," said Collins, noting that overall crime is down that city has its lowest homicide rate in years.

Gun crime and the murder rate are down this year in Chicago. In 2012, Chicago had the highest murder rate in the county. There were 532 homicides. This time last year there were 53 people shot in one weekend, nine of whom died.

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Episode 9 of the HBO show VICE covered how gangs and gun violence have created a war zone in Chicago, or as many gang members who appeared on the show called it “Chiraq.” VICE found the number of murders from 2003 to 2011 in Chicago was only about 200 less than in Iraq during the same period of time.

One of many fatal shootings from last weekend was that of 19-year-old Jamal Jones. He was found shot at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday in Englewood on the South Side. Jones was riding his bike home from a family member’s house, police and relatives said. He died an hour after the shooting.

Jamal’s mother, Karen Sumner, realized he was not home when she left for work at Jewel-Osco at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

"He would always greet me at the door and kiss me and say 'I love you,' " Sumner said. "This morning, he didn’t greet me."

Family said Jamal was a friendly, motivated young man. He was a hard worker and did not get into trouble.

Jamal’s mother got a call at work to return home immediately. Police said they needed to speak to her about her son.

"I hope my son's not dead," Sumner recalled saying. "Please, I hope my son's not dead."

Sources: Raw Story, Chicago Tribune