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At least 72 shot, 13 killed in Chicago over violent summer weekend, police department says
Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY Published 11:45 a.m. ET Aug. 6, 2018 | Updated 3:31 p.m. ET Aug. 7, 2018
AP CHICAGO VIOLENCE A USA IL

(Photo: Antonio Perez, AP)

CHICAGO – At least 72 people were shot, including 12 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago, another eruption of violence in a city that has struggled with murders and shootings in recent years even as the national homicide rate hovers near historic lows.

Police investigated a 13th murder – the slaying of a 32-year-old woman who was found dead around 9 p.m. Sunday in a bathtub with her hands and feet bound. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office was scheduled to conduct an autopsy Monday to determine how the woman, Shantel Boler, was slain.

No arrests have been made in any of the incidents, but police said investigators have strong leads for some of the shootings.

"There is a shortage of values about what is right, what is wrong," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "We as a city, in every corner, have an accountability and responsibility. If you know who did this, be a neighbor. Speak up."

The violence, which police say is primarily fueled by gangs, disproportionately affects several swaths of low-income black and Latino neighborhoods on the city’s West and South Sides.

The latest shootings, stretching over a 60-hour period from Friday evening until early Monday morning, came after city officials expressed optimism that Chicago had made headway in cutting the persistent gun violence.

At the end of July, the city had recorded more than 300 murders –more than any other U.S. city, but an improvement for Chicago. Murders were down 23% compared with the same point last year, and the city tallied 19% fewer shooting incidents.

The weekend’s violence underscored that although the city had witnessed a positive trend, several neighborhoods remain volatile.

More: Chicago violence toll: 34 people shot, 5 killed

More: Chicago activists shut down Lake Shore Drive, speak out against gun violence at Wrigley

More: Can you change how criminals think? Chicago hopes behavioral therapy can cut gun violence

More: At end of bloody year in Chicago, too few murders solved

Thirty-nine people were shot, including five fatally, in a roughly seven-hour span late Saturday and early Sunday. In a half-dozen of the weekend's incidents, at least four victims were wounded or killed by gunfire, according to police reports.

In one incident, around 12:40 a.m. Sunday, several gunmen fired on a group of people standing in the courtyard of a building, wounding eight. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 35 in the shooting in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side. No one was in custody for that shooting.

Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, police responded to a call of shots fired on the city's West Side. Officers found a 29-year-old man wounded in the neck. He was transported to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 photo, evidence markers sit on the ground at the scene where a boy was killed after being shot in the abdomen while riding his bike in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to discuss the weekend violence during a Monday news conference.

In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 photo, evidence markers sit on the ground at the scene where a boy was killed after being shot in the abdomen while riding his bike in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to discuss the weekend violence during a Monday news conference. (Photo: Armando L. Sanchez, AP)

Police have solved or made arrests in few of the killings – the murder clearance rate for the city hovered around 20% last year.

The murder rate has become an issue for Emanuel, who is up for re-election in February. Monday morning, Emanuel visited two area hospitals that treated many of those wounded over the weekend to thank officials for their work.

“What Chicago witnessed this weekend was absolutely horrific and should not be tolerated," mayoral challenger Paul Vallas said. "Right now, Chicago has one of the worst clearance rates for homicides and other violent crimes among America’s major cities. This is a crisis in which four out of five killers in Chicago are literally getting away with murder."

Last week, dozens of protesters temporarily shut down the Windy City’s Lake Shore Drive to express their outrage over Chicago’s endemic gun violence and call for Emanuel’s resignation.

The demonstration's organizers timed the protest to coincide with rush-hour traffic along the busy thoroughfare on the city’s lakefront, then marched to Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs hosted the San Diego Padres.

Ira Acree, co-chairman of the Leaders Network-Chicago and a pastor on the city’s West Side, said this weekend’s violence shows that two Chicagos exist – one that is thriving and largely inoculated from the shootings and another ravaged by a lack of investment and indifference from the city’s politicians.

“Chicago's political leadership – Emanuel and City Council – won't address the poverty that fuels the frustration, anger and self-hatred which leads to violence,” Acree said. “As a concerned citizen and pastor, I am against all forms of violence – urban, domestic and police violence – but until we confront the institutional economic violence being committed at City Hall, substantial transformation will never take place.”

The mayor pushed $55 million in grants to help boost small-business creation in some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the violence. Emanuel also touts his One Summer Chicago program, which offers more than 30,000 paid internships to city teens and young adults.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson blames the violence, in part, on gun laws that he said aren't stringent enough to dissuade criminals from using a weapon. He said police need more help from the community, so authorities can identify, arrest and prosecute culprits.

"They hold me accountable, they hold the mayor accountable, they hold the City Council accountable," Johnson said. "You know what I never hear? I never hear people saying these individuals out on the street need to stop pulling the trigger. I never hear that. They get a pass from everybody."

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How's the strict gun control laws doing there?
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Cornbread wrote ...

How's the strict gun control laws doing there?



CHICAGO — Critics have repeatedly charged Chicago with having the country's strictest gun laws with little effect.

It's a line that's been said by President Donald Trump, who called Chicago a "disaster" when it comes to gun violence while having what he deemed the "single toughest gun laws." He is not alone.

The most stringent gun laws in the U.S. happen to be in Chicago - and look what is happening there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2014


But Chicago Police have disputed those criticisms, saying it is a common misconception that Chicago has the country's strictest gun control, and the department's officials have contended that gang members face worse sanctions from their gangs for losing a gun than they do by the courts for illegally possessing one.
The Chicago Police Department wants harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, but critics have said Chicago's gun laws are too strict with too few results.
The Chicago Police Department wants harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, but critics have said Chicago's gun laws are too strict with too few results.
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Police have also emphasized that most guns used in Chicago crimes were bought outside of the city or state, where regulations are not as strict.

“What they fail to recognize is we don’t have strict gun laws that hold people accountable,” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said of critics.

So, is Chicago the strictest?

Our regulations are actually similar to those of other major cities, said Roseanna Ander, the founder and executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The Crime Lab works to reduce violence through scientific analysis and research.

RELATED: Is Chicago One of America's Most Dangerous Cities? An Examination

"At this point, we're probably fairly comparable," Ander said. "I think in New York and Los Angeles, both cities have pretty restrictive gun laws."

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Bloody weekend: At least 12 killed
By ABC7
Monday, June 9, 2008
LOS ANGELES At least a dozen people were murdered over the weekend, many of them gang-related crimes.

Interactive map: Fatal crime scenes
Video: Bloody weekend in L.A. County

Most of the killings took place in the city of Los Angeles, including a double shooting in Panorama City on Sunday. It happened along the 8400 block of Greenbush Avenue. One man was killed, and another critically wounded in the shooting. Cops say the gunman fired several rounds, then took off on a bicycle.

In downtown Los Angeles, police say an argument between people in a Hummer and a Chrysler 300 sedan ended in a gunfight on Sunday. The shooting happened on Hill Street and 23rd, near the 10 and 110 freeways. One person was killed and another wounded in the early morning shooting. It's not clear what sparked the argument.

On Sunday, 16-year-old Ruben Chavera was shot and killed while standing on a sidewalk in Baldwin Hills.

On Saturday night, a 20-year-old man was shot to death at the corner of 95th Street and Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Also late on Saturday night, a 40-year-old man in North Hollywood was stabbed with the broken stem of a bottle after having it smashed over his head.

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