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74 People Shot in Bloody Chicago Weekend

Eleven victims killed in Democratic stronghold city with some of the country's strictest gun control laws

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At least 74 people were shot and 11 victims died in Chicago following one of the city’s bloodiest weekends ever, according to data from the Chicago Tribune.

“We know that some of these incidents were targeted, and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said Sunday during a press conference. “If [the shooters] shoot you they don’t even run … They just walk away, they ain’t trying to run.”

The Tribune reported that 63 victims were wounded, while 11 victims were fatally shot between 3 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday. The victims’ ages ranged from 11 to 62. Two 17-year-olds were the weekend’s youngest fatalities. Roughly 40 of the victims were shot during a seven-hour period Sunday morning.

Local hospitals were overwhelmed by the sheer number of shooting victims, resulting in Mount Sinai Hospital’s decision to cease accepting emergency cases for a period of time, the Tribune reported. Approximately 200 people swarmed the Stroger Hospital, leading to the implementation of stricter access measures.

“It’s one of our most violent weekends, there’s no question about that,” police spokesman Tom Ahern said during the news conference.

Waller added that much of the shooting occurred as gang members fired into the middle of crowds, saying, “They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.”

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Chicago, a city dominated by the Democratic Party for decades, maintains some of the United States’ strictest gun laws. At least 1,700 victims had been shot in Chicago thus far in 2018 prior to the weekend’s bloodbath, according to the Tribune’s data.

Although high, this year’s fatality rate is lower than the same point in 2016 — a year that experienced a 19-year high with 762 shooting murders and 4,331 victims. The city experienced a 16 percent decrease in the murder rate from 2017.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff under former President Barack Obama, found himself at the center of anti-violence protests Thursday when marchers called for his resignation amid increasing levels of bloodshed.

“Sixty three murders this weekend in Rahm Emmanuel’s [sic] Chicago,” former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani tweeted Monday, referring to shooting data from a shorter weekend time period. “His legacy is more murders in his city than ever before. It’s only because of Democrat brain washing that he has even a chance of remaining. Support police professional Garry McCarthy.” (Editor’s note: Presumably, Giuliani meant 63 “shootings” rather than “murders.” He was also referring to a shorter period of time.)

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“Chicago murders are [a] direct result of one-party Democratic rule for decades,” Giuliani also tweeted. “[Former] Policing genius [Garry] McCarthy can do for Chicago what I did for NYC. He was one of the architects of Compstat. Slashed homicides over 70%. Tens of thousands of lives saved.”

McCarthy is now running as a Democratic mayoral candidate in Chicago.

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