At Least 72 People Shot In Chicago Area During Holiday Weekend


Twelve men were killed and at least 60 others were injured during shootings throughout the Chicago area during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The weekend's latest shooting happened on Sunday afternoon in South Ashland when two men were shot, one fatally. The survivor of the attack reportedly has wounds to his arm and chest.

Many of the shootings, which included serious injuries to a 5-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 72-year old-woman, appear to be the result of gang violence.

Some survivors are not cooperating with detectives, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Despite the tragic events of the weekend, Chicago’s murder rate had been down significantly in the first half of the year as compared to the same time period in 2012. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in May that police had confiscated over 2,500 illegal guns so far this year.

"While to date we've had significantly fewer shootings and significantly fewer murders this year, there's more work to be done and we won't rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement, according to NBC Chicago.

Sources: NBC Chicago, The Raw Story, Chicago Sun-Times, The Week


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