52 shot, 10 killed in gang-fueled weekend violence in Chicago

History repeating itself


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Police respond to the scene of a shooting over the weekend in Chicago. A spate of violence in the city left 10 dead CBS CHICAGO

Fifty-two people were shot and 10 people were killed in what police called a “despicable” spate of violence over the weekend in Chicago. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the latest deadly weekend in the city shows “the challenges we face are complex and profound.”

CBS Chicago reports it was the most violent weekend of 2019. The bloodshed comes on the heels of another deadly weekend during the Memorial Day holiday last week, when five people were killed in a spate of shootings. Violence tends to increase during warm summer months, according to police.

Johnson said many of the victims shot over the weekend were targeted by gangs. He said police noted an uptick in gang-related shootings on Friday, and in response, increased patrols in areas where investigators expected possible retaliation. Deputy chief Al Nagode, who oversees the city’s west side where some of the gang violence originated, said shootings there were “not random” and motivated by disputes and tensions over an open-air drug market.

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