12 dead as 72 people shot during Independence Day weekend in Chicago

CHICAGO. July 11. KAZINFORM The incidents, including 12 deaths, took place from Wednesday evening until Sunday evening, including the Independence Day public holiday on Thursday, July 4.

Twelve men were killed and at least 60 other people wounded in shootings throughout the city, including eight people in a single incident.

Two boys, aged 5 and 7, were among those wounded in dozens of incidents across the city in the long weekend.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy met with the city's mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday morning to discuss the high incidence of gun violence, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"This past week, we're disappointed where we had 11 less shooting incidents that resulted in the same number of murders as last year," he says. "We focus on reducing shooting incidents and the murder rate follows."

Mr McCarthy defended the police department's strategies, citing a reduction by 25 per cent in shootings and 29 per cent in homicides for the first six months of the year, compared with the start of 2012.

One of the injured was 5-year-old Jaden Donald, who was shot in the abdomen and leg while playing in Cooper Park in the early hours of Friday morning.

"Having people shot at 12:30 at night in a city park can be prevented by the police if we clear that park and get them out of the park," said Mr McCarthy, admitting the police need to be stricter on curfew violator's in the city's parks.

Nobody is in custody for any of the murders.

Source: www.news.com.au

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